Re: Please identify truck?


You are looking at a Bettendorf L-section 30-ton caboose truck manufactured by the Bettendorf Axle Company of Bettendorf, Iowa. The L-section is a clue that it was likely made between 1903 and 1908. After that date most Bettendorf trucks were cast with T-section frames. By 1920 almost all had U-section frames which is still used today. 
Bettendorf  developed and patented the idea of casting the journal box integrally with the truck frame. The company licensed other manufacturers to use their design which is why you sometimes see another name on a Bettendorf-type truck. 
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