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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project was sponsored by US DOT, Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Research and Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Seekell, F M
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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