Re: Reading USRA Gondola Load

Scott Seders

What was it about K brakes that was causing wrecks?

Scott Seders
Salisbury, MD

Bruce Smith wrote
Don't interpret the pre WWII percentage to equal an immediate post WWII
percentage. In preparartion for WWII there was a rapid conversion of
many cars in 1940 and 1940. In addition, the heavy tonnage and long
trains of the war resulted in a number of wrecks directly atributed to
too high a percentage of K brakes in the trains, thus there was a push
to convert even more. By 1944 the percentage was down to 50% or less,
iirc. That said, yes, some of these cars likely still had their K
Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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