Sherlock Holmes

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at
Tue Jun 23 15:02:54 EDT 2009




> Now what was that calculation by Sherlock Holmes, being able to

> determine the speed of the train by noting how many telegraph poles

> were being passed every minute or whatever?


> Ah - - but surely that is not a

> late 19th century railway locomotive in or of the British Isles?


Once you've started it can take you lots of places:

As Holmes and Watson rode the train to look into the missing race horse
Silver Blaze, that speed was exactly 53.5 miles per hour. Sherlock
Holmes calculates it himself, using the distance between telegraph poles
as a guide. Thanks to Holmes’s little trick and Dr. Watson’s recording
of same, we can positively say that the top documented speed of Sherlock
Holmes was just that: 53.5 m.p.h.

So as you’re driving down the typical American highway with a speed
limit of 55 miles per hour, try keeping it down to 53.5 . . . do you
really need to move any faster than Sherlock Holmes? He was only headed
to investigate a murder and a horse-napping. If you have something more
important on your agenda, go right ahead, I’m sure Holmes himself would
agree with the necessity of a higher rate of speed . . . .

and *how many telegraph posts did holmes count?

*extract from "Silver Blaze" - Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

“We are going well,” said he, looking out of the window and glancing at
his watch. “Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour.”
“I have not observed the quarter-mile posts,” said I.
“Nor have I. But the telegraph posts upon this line are sixty yards
apart, and the calculation is a simple one.”

I bid you good night


Please help me support the Pirate Castle at

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: dominic_pinto.vcf
Type: text/x-vcard
Size: 554 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : <>

More information about the NW-Mailing-List mailing list