North American News - Archived Forum : The fastest message board... ever.
Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 152
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 04, 2015 05:50PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 152 - 08/04/15

This day in Railroad History

August 4, 1857
Levi Bissell was granted a US patent for an improved dual axle locomotive pilot truck, after a successful 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.

Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to

A Vancouver, BC bound Canadian Pacific grain train exits the west portal of MacDonald Tunnel on Rogers pass on May 10, 2015.

Alex Mayes photo

Please review the new posting in the announcements section.

North American News

Weak coal market, mine closures impact Genesee & Wyoming 2Q earnings

Intermodal industry to honor CSX's Gooden with Silver Kingpin Award

Ontario plots GO Transit grade separation project

APTA recognizes transit agencies, businesses for sustainability initiatives

Portland Streetcar spurs $4.5 billion in new real estate development, study says

Paducah and Louisville engineers ratify labor pact

Canadian Grain Commission updates producer car program for 2015-16 crop year

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Xplore, Wabtec, Bombardier and CIT

Metrolink first to adopt ‘positive train control’

California Police Drag Man Out of the Way of an Oncoming Train

Train signal problems leave hundreds stranded at South Attleboro, Attleboro and Mansfield

SunRail riders delayed after train hits trailer near Longwood

Powerful Storms Pummel Long Island's North Shore, Leave 70,000 Without Power

Norfolk Southern CIO Deborah Butler to Retire

Railroad Reality Week coming this August to Nevada Northern Railway Museum

VRE trains slow down due to hot weather today

Feds release final environmental report on All Aboard Florida

BNSF defeats claim and justice department says prosecutors violated ‘Brady’

L.B. Foster Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

UP plans $51.5M of Wyo. track improvements

Kansas City Southern Declares Dividends On 4% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock And Common Stock

CP, Brotherhood Railway Carmen reach tentative deal

Single car goes off track

Navigate: Previous MessageNext Message
Options: ReplyQuote

SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 152820 Espee99 08/04/2015 05:50PM

Your Name: 
Your Email: 
Attach a file
  • Valid attachments: jpg, pdf, png, gif
  • No file can be larger than 614.4 KB
  • 6 more file(s) can be attached to this message
Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically.
 **         ********  ********   ******    **      ** 
 **    **   **        **        **    **   **  **  ** 
 **    **   **        **        **         **  **  ** 
 **    **   ******    ******    **   ****  **  **  ** 
 *********  **        **        **    **   **  **  ** 
       **   **        **        **    **   **  **  ** 
       **   ********  ********   ******     ***  ***  
This forum Maintained by