Re: Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)
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Dennis Storzek wrote:
These cars had clasp brakes . . . more braking power per axle
Which explains a lot, Dennis, thanks.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: D&RGW Gondola 70298 (1949)
On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:49 AM, Schuyler Larrabee wrote:
These cars had clasp brakes, that is, brake shoes on both sides of the wheel, similar to passenger cars. The big B&LE hoppers built about fifteen years later had them also. Clasp brakes, which pinch the wheel between opposing brake shoes, develop more braking power per axle, a consideration when running full trains of these heavy (for the time) cars.