Re: Bridge girder on three PRR FM flat cars

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

Hi Drew,
No insult taken, but perhaps I was unclear in my question...
I meant to say it was not centered across THE LONG WAY. Indeed, I feel as you do, that it is properly centered across the short way
On the flat car closest to the camera, the load comes to nearly the end sill of the car. On the flat car furthest from the camera, the load comes to only about the middle of the car. If centered the long way, both flats would have the load end at roughly the same place on both cars.
Claus Schlund

----- Original Message -----
From: Drew Bunn
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2019 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Bridge girder on three PRR FM flat cars

Not to sound insulting,  Claus - but I think you're seeing things. There is no way that load would remain upright unless it was perfectly centered on those flats. I've unloaded centerbeams, and two forklift operators have to remove the load evenly on both sides or the car will fall over.


On Sat., Dec. 21, 2019, 10:21 Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;), <claus@...> wrote:
Hi Brian and List Members,
Thanks Brian for calling our attention to this.
I find it interesting that the bridge girder is NOT mounted on the exact center of the trio of PRR class FM flat cars, and the bridge girder is instead somewhat closer to the camera. This does two things that I find somewhat puzzling...
(1) It imbalances the load on the trucks on the two flats at the ends - for each of these two cars, one truck will be carrying more load than the other truck
(2) It required the brake wheel on the flat closest to the camera to be removed. Had the load been placed so it was in the center, that car maybe could have kept its brake wheel in place, as is the case on the flat furthest from the camera. Note there is a removed brakewheel mounted to the deck of the flat closest to the camera, and another removed brakewheel mounted on the deck of the flat furthest from the camera - presumably this last one came off the midle flat car
Any thoughts on this?
Claus Schlund
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:08 AM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Bridge girder on three PRR FM flat cars


From EL photo archive today.


Brian Rochon

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