CURVE WEAR WITH DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES ON THE BESSEMER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD

A series of test runs were made to obtain definite information on the amount of rail curve wear produced by diesel locomotives relative to that produced by the remainder of the train. A second series of tests was made for the purpose of relating the effectiveness of flange oilers on the locomotive and rail lubricators in the track in controlling the amount of curve wear. Instrumentation consisted of a box to catch metal abraided by diesel units from the track and a motion picture camera to photograph the passing wheel flange on the high rail. The tests show that although the rate of rail and wheel wear with a diesel unit is greater than for a heavily loaded freight car, the greater amount of rail wear is due to the train rather than the diesel units. Rail and wheel flange wear on curved track can be practically eliminated by lubrication with either flange oilers on the diesel units or rail lubricators in track, or a combination of the two.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Publication Date: 1955

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 269-281
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 56
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00052406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1976 12:00AM