Even Heavier Freight Cars!
Interesting article in this month's Railway Age, discussing the difference in car components wear when car weight is increased from 263,000 lbs to 286,000 lbs. Emphasis is on the car itself, but other research has been done by the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Pueblo, Colorado as to what these heavier cars do to track, too.
My question is, has there been any thinking as to how to rerail these megacars when they go on the ground? If you have ever tried to rerail today's rolling stock, and it seems like all you have is some old lumber, a little rope, and a bumper jack, the question might cross your mind when you realize that tomorrow's cars are 10% heavier!