Steps

long2019 | 11:18 Thu 21st May 2020 | Body & Soul
to walk a mile how many steps would ihave to take
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little steps or big steps?
Depends on your stride length. Walk 10 steps for us and measure how far that takes you.
I'd say at least 2000 unless you really stride out briskly. Maybe 3000 if you amble slowly
//2,000 steps
An average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles.//
Maybe douglas made an assumption based on the user name
Between 2000 and 2500 depending on how your legs are
Railway sleepers are installed at 2,012 to the mile. This is so that the "platelayers" (or maintenance staff) can walk the track using the sleepers comfortably. So about 2,000 is about right.
Nj, thanx for that snippet of information.
NJ, 2012 sleepers to the mile equates to 24 sleepers to the "length", a length being 60'0" or 20 yards, the length of a single piece of jointed rail. that wouldn't be enough support for modern high speed railways, where 28 or 30 sleepers to the length is now the norm (depending on the track category, which is based on speed and weight of traffic). today, railway staff are told to walk "ballast to ballast" because concrete sleepers can be slippery if wet, frost covered or contaminated.

just for interest, this is how track is laid these days.... https://mccullochrail.com/the-machines/flass/
The word 'mile' comes to us from the Latin mille passus, lit. 'thousand paces' (where a pace is two steps) therefore 'two thousand steps'.

So assuming you are around the height of a Roman Centurion, and allowing for the Roman Mile being equivalent to 0.91875 statute miles, about 2000 steps it is.
Yes thanks, mushroom. My info was from the early "clickety clack" days (which still exists on most Heritage railways). I didn't know that staff were now instructed to walk on the ballast. I suppose it's a toss up between slipping over or twisting your ankle.
And if you count the number of "clackety clacks" in 40 seconds you get the approx speed of the train in mph.
// I suppose it's a toss up between slipping over or twisting your ankle. //

not really - boots with ankle support are mandatory PPE out on the track.
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ta for all the nice info

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