Re: REPKD.Repacking Stm. era freight car trucks.
On Nov 23, 2007, at 11:35 AM, Dan Gledhill wrote:
In the 1950s, various types of patented journal lubricating devices
began to appear, and the use of these became widespread in the 1960s.
Prior to that, however, journal lubrication was accomplished exactly as
Dan describes. Periodically (typically, about once a year) the cotton
waste would pack down and deteriorate to the point where it needed to
be replaced, and the carmen who inspected and lubricated journals would
remove the old stuff, put in new stuff, and fill the lower part of the
journal box with oil. The old repacking data on the car would then be
painted over and new data stenciled on.