With the identification of profitable freight areas and the selection of growth traffic has come the need to review in detail the running gear and, in particular, the suspensions of both 4-wheeled and bogie vehicles. This design review has been aimed at ensuring a high-speed capability for all new freight vehicles coupled with safety at all times, low maintenance costs and maximum availability. After reviewing traditional suspensions with respect to their strengths and weaknesses, the paper discusses in detail the philosophy applied in British Railways design offices to new freight running gear. Examples of new development are provided, together with comments on progress to date. This is one of five papers presented at a conference on High-Speed Freight Wagons.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at a conference arranged by the Railway Engineering Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 16 October 1969.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Thring, J F
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Accession Number: 00072485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1974 12:00AM