The detrimental effects of the 100-ton bulk materials car on track was not generally anticipated and as cars of this capacity have come to predominate, track maintenance costs are outdistancing any other savings they produce. If transportation in 100-ton cars is more costly overall, then lighter cars should be used. The author presents a series of analyses of 80- and 100-ton cars, concluding that the lighter cars with 55,000-lb axle loading should be adopted as the industry standard and 100-ton cars relegated to low-mileage services before rail defects and other track problems overwhelm the industry.

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    Cahners Publishing Company, Incorporated

    Watson Publications, 5 South Wabash Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60603
  • Authors:
    • AHLF, R E
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 52-57
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  • Accession Number: 00310641
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM