RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Technical Papers

Train Brake and Track Capacity Requirements for the ’80s

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D. G. Blaine

Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Chicago, Ill.

M. F. Hengel

Missouri Pacific Railroad Co., St. Louis, Mo.

J. H. Peterson

WABCO, Limited, Town of Mount Royal, PQ, CN

J. Eng. Ind 103(4), 392-401 (Nov 01, 1981) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3184503 History: Received January 01, 1981; Online July 30, 2009


Ten years ago, the authors presented ASME Paper 71-WA/RT-9 which examined air brake system operating and test procedures and their effect on train operation. To meet the requirements of the ’80s, the authors believe it is essential to look back over the last ten years at the factors which influenced the thinking, maintenance trends, and performance of the freight car fleet. To meet future demands, a projection of the car fleet and the tonnage to be carried must be reviewed. Important changes and improvements have been put into place regarding air brake equipment and train speed control. This paper reviews the present situation and looks into the ’90s to identify areas where further changes and improvements seem necessary.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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