The freight car truck is discussed as background to the question of what can be done about it. Because of the greater demands of today's freight service, a capability gap has developed between the truck performance required and that provided by contemporary running gear. The evolution of the three-piece truck, from the archbar design through stages to the contemporary arrangements, is illustrated. Some other car problems are covered and the possible end of cut-and-try design in running gear is foreseen. The possibility that a premium truck might be cost effective is suggested.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 26-32

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1976 12:00AM