During the past two decades the weight of road locomotives has more than doubled, but the draft gears have not advanced at the same rate. The author, in order to offer improved impact cushioning characteristics, proposes a hydraulic draft gear and gives a mathematical model to illustrate the improved cushioning behavior. A system of valves provides train handling characteristics. An alignment coupler and plunger arrangement provide lateral force reduction during locomotive braking.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the ASME Winter Annual Meeting, November 28-December 2, 1971. The notification of this paper appeared in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Hawthorne, V T
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Accession Number: 00041669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Mechanical Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 71-WA/RT-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM