The geometry of the long cars, and the long couplers they must be equipped with, is such that there is almost as much possibility of a miscoupling as for a successful coupling. A possible solution for this problem is a coupler centering device which would automatically position the coupler head over, or sufficiently close to, the center line of track to assure successful coupling. The most difficult application of this principle occurs with cushion underframe cars. The floating still complicates the connection between the truck and the coupler. The whole design is predicted on the fact that the only time there is a need to center and coupler is when the car is uncoupled; when coupled, it is being centered by the other car. The problem of centering couplers is getting to the point where some kind of either a manual or a fully automatic mechanism will be necessary.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Symington Wayne Corporation

    2 Main Street
    Depew, NY  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Cope, G W
  • Publication Date: 1965-9-23

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  • Accession Number: 00037721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Tech Proc
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM