FEATURED "PIC OF THE DAY" JANUARY 12, 2013
It's an uncharacteristically warm morning along Cochrane Shops' Rip on January 11th as Car Men Rick, Lee, and Darin tackle the change out of trucks from a Maintenance of Way Tool Car. The job this morning is to remove the friction (or plain) bearing trucks from the car, replacing them with more modern roller bearing trucks. These conversions from friction (or plain) bearing trucks are made in the interest of speed. Equipment with friction bearing trucks are limited system wide to 25 mph, however roller bearing trucks are accepted at track speed. Here we see Darin and Rick slowly rolling the friction bearing truck out from under the box car. Normally these trucks roll pretty easily, but in the winter the heavy equipment has to be used to roll them. Big Thanks to the guys for the opportunity to see the entire process up close.