Freight car cushioning equipment has been exhaustively tested over the years by railroads and railroad suppliers alike. This effort, however, has been generally limited to physical testing of the equipment performance under impact conditions. Little work has been reported in terms of the cushioning equipment effect on commodities transported in freight cars. This effect can be evaluated in terms of loss and damage claim prevention. This report relates one railroad's in-service experience with the loss and damage performance of cushioned freight cars. The statistical data upon which the evaluation is based was analyzed thoroughly to ensure that the results accurately depicted the differential utilization, commodity value or susceptibility, loading practices, yard handling practices, etc. Based on the results of this evaluation it was concluded that cushioning equipment reduces loss and damage claims but the reduction is insufficient in itself to justify the application of cushioning units to all cars.

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 169-175

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 70-RR-4 Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1976 12:00AM