SUITABILITY OF SIX-AXLE LOCOMOTIVES FOR C&O--B&O SERVICE--THE INTERACTION WITH TRACK STRUCTURE

A series of tests was conducted with 6-axle locomotives in heavy, coal drag service on Cranberry Grade to investigate the interaction of locomotive tractive power and track conditions. Particularly, the performance of 6-axle locomotives in this service was investigated to determine the relative merits of that design versus the 4-axle units previously used. Five major areas were found to be significant and completely interdependent: I. Locomotive wheel life with 6-axle units. II. Rail cleanliness affects locomotive adhesion. III. The condition of the track and the rail govern overall acceptability of 6-axle locomotives. IV. Operating practices covering the use of sand are related to increased wheel wear and increased track maintenance. V. Instrumented wheel tests: A. To determine to what extent and under what circumstances the wheel and rail wear attributable to 6-axle locomotives exceeds that of 4-axle units. B. To determine effect of track surface on locomotive riding qualities. C. To determine suitability of 6-axle locomotives.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chesapeake and Ohio Railway

    Terminal Tower, PO Box 6419
    Cleveland, OH  USA  44101

    Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

    Baltimore & Ohio Building, 2 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD  USA  21201
  • Authors:
    • SCHMIDT, J J
  • Publication Date: 1966-2-11

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00040076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 22 1976 12:00AM