--- In STMFC@..., "Mike Brock" <brockm@...> wrote:
I hope my latest post does not drive you beyond a six pack....
This seems like a good starting point for 1942. What surprised me from reviewing the car builder's cyclopedia was the immersion of roller bearings in oil. This would no doubt significantly increase the friction.
There has been significant progress in reducing bearing friction since then - not sure where things stood at the end of this group's era (1960), but roller bearing friction today, at speed, is much less than the friction bearings of old. The reduction of friction in curves is also reduced (by a combination of better bearings and better truck geometries), such that the old curve compensation standard for laying out right of way may be out of date (note - this is a theory based on some analysis of a very complicated subject a few years ago that I am not going to get into again - not worth my time.)
One 2003 engineering report I have from a prototype truck manufacturer indicates that rolling resistance of modern freight car trucks on tangent track is only 1.8 pounds per ton of car weight - without any speed dependency. The increased resistance is now mostly aerodynamic. Tapered roller bearings have come a long way.