Technical Reports

Report of August 1977 U.S. Railroad Delegation's Visit to the U.S.S.R. to Study Soviet Rolling Stock Technology

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1979
AUTHOR: F.A. Danahy
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: U.S.S.R. Rolling Stock Technology, Testing, Design, Manufacture, Maintenance
ABSTRACT: This report summarizes the obervations and findings of a seven-member delegation that visited the U.S.S.R. in August 1977 to participate in the sixth meeting of the Joint American-Soviet Railroad Working Group and to study and observe Soviet practices, procedures, and equipment used in designing, testing, manufacturing, and, to some degree, operating passenger and freight cars (including refrigerator cars). The delegation visited Soviet railroad facilities and related institutions in the Moscow, Kiev, Riga, and Leningrad areas, rode on intercity passenger trains, and conferred with numberous Soviet railroad officials. The delegation's observations and findings, together with some already published background data, are presented in this report in the form of detailed accounts of Soviet freight car maintenance activities, passenger car construction and maintenance, and refrigerator car manufacture and operations. The report also includes information on the Scherbinka test loop and the Railway Engineering Institute (Leningrad), the full text of the recording ofproceedings of the sixth working group meeting, and the titles and abstracts of the Soviet documents presented to the delegation.