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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 155
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 04, 2017 05:27PM

This Date in Railroad History


August 4, 1857
Levi Bissell was granted a US patent for an improved dual axle locomotive pilot truck, after a sucessful demonstration on the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. Prior to the Bissell pilot truck, locomotive derailments were fairly common. Many of these could be traced to the inability of the engine to negotiate curves at speed. Bissell, a New York inventor who investigated this problem in the 1850’s, correctly analyzed the difficulty. He observed that when the engine was proceeding on straight tracks the leading truck tended to oscillate and chatter about the center pin, and he noted that it was this action that imparted a fearful pitching motion to the locomotive at speed. He moved the center pin to a point behind the truck and just in front of the forward driving axle. This shortened the wheelbase of the engine and removed the danger of the pintle serving as a fulcrum between the truck and the driving wheels, thus allowing them to assume a comfortable position on a curve. The Rogers Locomotive Works in 1858 was one of the earliest builders to apply the improved truck. By 1860 they had fitted many of their engines with it and were endorsing the device to prospective customers.
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Eastbound BNSF double-stack container train crests continental divide west of Thoreau, New Mexico. At this point the two tracks of this double-track line are on separate alignments. July 14, 2017

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Today's North American News


FTA issues record of decision for Amtrak Portal Bridge replacement
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Maine to receive FASTLANE grant for rail bridge project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

CN derailment prompts TSB to recommend track inspection changes
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

FRA to invite bids to replace Amtrak on certain routes
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

CP unveils 2016 corporate sustainability report
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

California launches new website to track high-speed rail project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Solaris inks seven-year transloading agreement
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Omaha Track hosts congressional visit
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

California bullet train chief executive is still on the state payroll — two months after his exit date
[www.latimes.com]
and
California Bullet Train Isn't Dead, It's Just Resting
[www.inverse.com]

Railroad ties business contracts for Koppers Holdings
[www.woodworkingnetwork.com]

CSX unions not happy with CEO Harrison’s letter or changes
[jacksonville.com]

COCHRAN & WICKER ANNOUNCE $7.54 MILLION TO IMPROVE GRENADA TO CANTON RAIL LINE
[deltabusinessjournal.com]

$8M Federal Grant to Help Restore 22 Maine Rail Bridges
[mainepublic.org]

Amtrak Likely to Seek a 2nd Round of Penn Station Repairs Next Year, Official Says
[www.nbcnewyork.com]

New group forms to advocate for railway revival
[www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com]

Omnitrax bound by law to fix rail lines to Churchill: experts
[www.winnipegfreepress.com]

North to Alaska to include county reps
[southpeacenews.com]

Today's International News


Freight train connects Jinan, Russia
[news.xinhuanet.com]

Maintenance work cuts train service
[www.newsinenglish.no]

LMRC fails safety test, to undergo trials again
[www.hindustantimes.com]

East Africa: Turkish Construction company Builds $3bn Railway Line - CPAfrica
[www.cp-africa.com]

Welsh railway network to be privatised, RMT union claims
[www.bbc.com]

L&T signs ₹1,050 crore EPC contract with railways
[www.thehindu.com]

Transport boss speaks after Snaefell Mountain Railway tram carriage brakes failure
[www.iomtoday.co.im]

London’s weekly railway news #212
[www.ianvisits.co.uk]

1st high speed railway in Inner Mongolia starts operation
[www.globaltimes.cn]

Locomore insolvency proceedings begin
[www.railwaygazette.com]

DB signs 100-locomotive framework for Rhein-Alpine freight corridor
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Rail Institute calls for lighter weight bogies
[www.eurekamagazine.co.uk]

Running Extra


Autistic son inspires Canora couple to outfit yard with working train, dinosaur models
[www.cbc.ca]

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