Re: Define "Striker", Please

dehusman <dehusman@...>

--- In STMFC@y..., "Beckert, Shawn" <shawn.beckert@d...> wrote:
As a side comment, it seems odd that one would measure
a car length that way, because IIRC the coupler pocket
and therefore the "striker" generally sticks out beyond
the end of the car, does it not?
Yes, but it is the start of the "fixed" part of the car. Everything
beyond the strikers is moveable (drawbar/knuckle) and therefore of
variable length. Length over strikers is the longest fixed length on
structure of the car.
A prototype railroader is concerned with the inside length of the car
(which determines how much it can carry) and what the extreme length
of the car is (which determines how long the train is). Knowing the
ouside dimensions of box the lading fits in doesn't tell him anything

Dave H.

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