Railway Curiosities

Railway Curiosities

Postby Zs12 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:08 am

I think, a topic that's definately needed in this forum, i.e. for odd things like this: http://www.steamfreightcars.com/gallery ... 1main.html What the hell they loaded into this car for such effect? :wtf:
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:48 am

I think that website is down....
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby Marquette » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:33 am

Nah, the site works fine. It's also a very good reference for modelling the steam and transition eras (pre-1960) North American freight cars.

I'd almost guess that something fell on the car, rather than the load broke it... that car has a big heavy fishbelly centre sill that isn't likely to buckle like that from a load... unless they loaded it FULL with granite?
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby ctxmf74 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:00 pm

Marquette wrote:I'd almost guess that something fell on the car, rather than the load broke it... that car has a big heavy fishbelly centre sill that isn't likely to buckle like that from a load... unless they loaded it FULL with granite?


It says the photo was on cascade summit so the car probably got tweaked in a pusher accident. Maybe too much slack and a big bang when it ran in and that was the weak link in the train?....dave
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Postby Marquette » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:20 pm

Oh, I didn't scroll down that far - was still sipping my first coffee of the morning! :P

But yeah, knowing the location, that's a solid hypothesis, I'd say.
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby Zs12 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:14 am

Aha :!: :!: :!:

I just thought, because once I had seen an east-german 4-axle 'Eals'-gondola, which was broken due to the massive overload ... with steel elements, I guess.
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby Dibbedabb » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:53 pm

I think the following video fits into the category. It's a test for a tank car...
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:35 pm

Weird test. Under what circumstances do they think the car will be instantly depressurized? Are they sending it to the International Space Station LOL
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Postby Marquette » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:20 pm

I don't know the science or the how of it, but I've even seen photos of cars that collapsed like that in service. Pretty freaky stuff. :)
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Re: railway curiosities

Postby ctxmf74 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:54 am

Marquette wrote:I don't know the science or the how of it, but I've even seen photos of cars that collapsed like that in service. Pretty freaky stuff. :)


I guess they are not designed to withstand a vacuum, so if someone sucks the load out without venting the tank they collapse? ...dave
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