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Re: Bombardier BART cars

Posted by Steamdriven on Sat Dec 30 06:53:36 2017, in response to Re: Bombardier BART cars, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Dec 30 01:39:29 2017.

So that's the back story.

America's old port cities and corruption seem to be inseparable. At least, the broad gauge, while being a PITA in most ways, does mean that there's one less excuse for having the trains crawl around every curve. No doubt, BART has found others ;-)

That Indian gauge (or better, 6') would have been much better for freight; double stacks could be on flat cars instead of in well cars. Thus configured, long stack train would have thousands of hp less air drag, and curves could be banked more without risk of toppling inwards. As it is, a road truck has a track width of about 8 ft but is much lower than a stack or auto-rack. Balancing a 16 high train on a 4 1/2 foot base never made sense.


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