Re: Solid, Roller & Friction Bearing Journals

Montford Switzer <ZOE@...>

This has been quite a lengthy thread and this may have been covered
earlier. Anyway one reason for the railroads NOT to invest in roller
bearing trucks was that the cars spent a lot of time off line benefiting
another railroad that may not have made a similar investment.

Mont Switzer

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Solid, Roller & Friction Bearing Journals

Paul Hillman wrote:

"Something happened in later years for the ultimate conversion to
roller-journals, probably a
significant reduction in costs in applying them to 100's of thousands of
freight-cars?? (It's ALWAYS
about the "money".)"

Someone in accounting figured out that it was cheaper to use the
bearings than it was to pay an
employee to maintain them. That they contributed to the resale value of
the truck unlike money
'wasted' paying an employee maintaining them.

Eric Petersson

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