American Brake Shoe Company has developed a wheel now in volume production for hard service on freight vehicles for heavy commodity loads. During service testing on 23 U.S.A. railways in 1947-55 the wheels have run more than 5,600,000 miles on van, hopper, tank, flat, refrigerator, and other types of wagon of 40, 50, and 70 tons capacity. Five of the vehicles averaged 275,000 miles of operation and one totalled more than 350,000 miles. Measurements of rolling and braking wear on 1,000 of the new wheels showed only equal results to that of other steel wheels and was less in some service conditions. The Casting process is described and a cross section of the wheel, known as the Southern wheel, is shown.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1955-12-16

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 706-707
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  • Accession Number: 00039661
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM