Re: Why do Euro cars have buffers and N. Americans not?


James D Thompson <jaydeet@...>
 

In the pre WWI period, many North American cars also had buffers,but they
were placed close together above the coupler. They were often called
deadwoods.
I don't know that I'd say "many", but deadblocks were used most often in
the thirty years before World War I as a means of keeping the couplers
themselves from taking the full brunt of a hard coupling. The development
of more rugged couplers and draft gear obsoleted them, and many roads
removed them in the 1920s.

David Thompson

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