ODOMETERS FOR RAIL APPLICATION
Available mileage counters were evaluated, anticipating the possibility of using mileage intervals, rather than elapsed time, for freight car inspection. Simple, reliable and reasonably low costing devices were required. Only two unpowered mileage counting odometers were uncovered, one built in the U.S., the other in Switzerland. The Swiss device is not currently available in this country, presumably because of its particular suitability to European style trucks. The American built device was tested in eccentric rotation and for accuracy at both low and average freight car speeds. It was concluded that the American unit could serve satisfactorily in freight service, without modification, at what would appear to be acceptable cost levels.
- This project was sponsored by US DOT, Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Research and Development.
Transportation Systems Center55 Broadway, Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA USA 02142
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Seekell, F M
- Publication Date: 1975-5
- Features: Figures;
- Pagination: 16 p.
- TRT Terms: Cost effectiveness; Data collection; Freight cars; Inspection; Instrumentation
- Old TRIS Terms: Freight car inspection
- Subject Areas: Design; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00099355
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA OR&D-75-70 Intrm Rpt.
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 27 1976 12:00AM