THE FREIGHT CAR TRUCK "CAPABILITY GAP"

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