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Weight of Bennendorf trucks
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Author:  NKP1155 [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:34 am ]
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What would be the weight range of a pair of Bettendorf coil spring trucks with fricton bearings and steel wheels that could support a 50 ton freight car?

Author:  etalcos [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weight of Bennendorf trucks

Figure 6,000 pounds per truck complete and you should be fine.


Author:  F.N.Kuenzel [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weight of Bennendorf trucks

I'm going to have to guess in the range of about 3 ton per truck. When i moved my caboose several years ago i moved the trucks wich are Bettendorf leaf spring trucks one at a time on a car hauler trailer rated at 6000 lbs. It did the job but made the trailer squat a bit.

One thing i often wondered is both trucks have WT 5559 marked in the casting on the side frames. Would that mean each truck would weigh 5559 lbs.?

Author:  Howard P. [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:15 pm ]
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I would go a little higher-- 7500# per truck is a good number, based on my experience with these things. A 70-ton truck goes about 8500#.

Howard P.

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