Re: Wheels

Gregg Mahlkov <mahlkov@...>


A great deal depends on whether the rule emanated from the AAR Mechanical Division or the FRA. The AAR created rules say do not offer a car for interchange. If you do it can be refused and the AAR might fine the road offering the car. If it's an FRA rule placed in the Interchange Rules, it is absolute, the FRA will fine violators, and it won't be the couple of hundred the AAR levies either. The AAR based rules can be and often are waived in specific circumstances, like the movement of a historic car or locomotive. Most roads will no longer move anything with other than roller bearings though. No cotton waste or lube oil kept around anymore.

Gregg Mahlkov

----- Original Message -----
From: "Denny Anspach" <danspach@...>
To: <STMFC@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:41 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Wheels

It's obvious that the AAR was weeding out cast iron wheels from the
scene over time. They still do so today, but it's amazing that cats
iron wheels were still in use to some extent into the 1960'
The FGE wood reefer that is such a prominent exhibit in the Great
Hall of the California State Railroad Museum arrived at the museum
c. 1975 in Sacramento from Tacoma Ice & Storage (WA) on the same
iron wheels that it had when it was taken out of service many, many
years previous. It could not be handled in "interchange", but yet
the BN agreed to haul it to Bieber, CA (Inside Gateway) behind the
caboose, and the WP simply looked the other way until it arrived in
Sacramento. It was further interchanged with both the Central
California Traction Company, and the SP (several times) before it
went on to permanent exhibition in 1981.

If I understand the rules correctly, does not the rule simply state
that a railroad does not have to accept on interchange certain
equipment, not that it is absolutely forbidden to do so?

Denny S. Anspach, MD

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