Re: Keeley Can

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)

Hi Tim and List Members,
I think the intention was to 'baby' the car with the bad journal at very low speed to the next siding - not to blast along at normal operating speed. The train crew may even have been rolling slow enough for one of the brakemen to walk along with the crippled car to make sure things did not reach the breaking point.
Claus Schlund

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2022 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Keeley Can

It surprises me only because I know that the heat could be so intense that journals
were known to 'melt' and just give way.

But I guess in those days the train crews were more aware of the condition of their train
since the trains weren't 2 or 3 miles long... :-)

On 2/26/2022 4:11 PM, Douglas Harding wrote:

Tim my understanding from the BRHS group is that these were filled with water and hung from hooks just above the truck with a hotbox. A hose was run to the journal box/bearing that was overheating, allowing a slow drip of water to cool the bearing. This permitted the car to be moved until an appropriate setout place could be reached.

Doug Harding

Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts

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