Re: Turn of the century freight car wheels

Tom Birkett <tnbirke@...>

And cast iron brake shoes threw many sparks, necessitation "spark shields"
under wood floors

Tom Birkett

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Anthony Thompson
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Turn of the century freight car wheels

Dennis S. wrote:
The biggest disadvantage of cast iron wheels was that the uneven
heating from heavy tread braking (this being before the days of
dynamic brakes) could cause cracks to develop in the wheel flange.
If a portion of the flange broke out, it could lead to a derailment.
The same thing can and does happen with wrought steel wheels
under heavy braking, even in the diesel era.

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