Technical Reports

Instrumented Wheelset Test: Material Handling Cars in Service from New York City to Chicago

  • 01
  • May
  • 2003
AUTHOR: Steven Belport
SUBJECT: Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Vehicle/Track Interaction Safety Limits, Vertical Carbody Acceleration, Wheel Unloading
ABSTRACT: Vehicle performance tests were conducted on empty 1400-series Amtrak Material Handling Cars (MHC) from Albany, New York, to Chicago, Illinois. TTCI used its 33-inch instrumented wheelsets, accelerometers, and data acquisition and analysis system to collect the vehicle performance data. In order to configure the instrumented wheelsets to the MHC, modifications were performed on the B-end truck of the 1400 MHC car. The tests started on December 6, 2002, with a scheduled completion date of December 16, 2002; however, the test procedure was shortened due to the MHC test train derailment caused by a broken rail on December 14, 2002.