This portion of the annual report by the ASME Survey Committee reviews the considerable emphasis, during the past year, on improving TOFC-COFC equipment. Vulnerability of cargo on the auto carrier has motivated many new ideas to provide needed protection. Improvements in trailer chassis and bodies make them better suited for TOFC usage. Versatile trailer chassis for use with removable containers have become available; also, many new uses (commodities) for containers and new container designs are coming to the forefront. Endeavors involving passenger cars and facilities, intercity passenger systems, and commuter-transit cars include the development of an ultra high speed passenger train, which is progressing with federal assistance altough it probably will be several years before something faster and better is running than the old "Twilight Limited" between Detroit and Chicago. Suburban transit car systems are being built and put into service at a fairly fast rate, and therein lies America's greatest need in relieving the morning and evening traffic congestion at the inner-city focal point.

  • 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

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • MANOS, W P
    • Marshall, M G
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Accession Number: 00041675
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Mechanical Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 71-WA/RT-7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM