Re: Underframe Ban

Randy Hees

As I understand the 50 year freight car rule, it was created because 1) freight cars were not as routinely updated and upgraded, so were more likely to have obsolete brake valves, draft gear and trucks, and 2) they can roam the North American railroad system, away from home for in some cases years...

There is a wavier program, which allows older cars to be used.  It is most commonly applied to cars in captive service on a single railroad, or on very special cars, like heavy duty cars for special service which are worth updating, and those updates, and history of inspection is used to support the waiver.

Your hopper is likely in captive service, on a single railroad or maybe a pair of railroads...

Randy Hees

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