Rail Impact Tests of Gondola and Flatcar Transport of Empty 20-Foot Intermodal Containers.
DARCOM AMMUNITION CENTER SAVANNA ILL EVALUATION DIV
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The current CONUS commercial COFC railcar fleet of less than 7,000 cars probably could support the present Containerized Ammunition Distribution System CADS program if proper attention was directed to the existing car shortage problem. However, the fleet would fall far short in the event of mobilization. Therefore, to aid in alleviating the car shortage problem, it was proposed that available conventional flatcars and gondola cars be used to move 20-foot intermodal freight containers when the containers are empty. The rail impact testing program that resulted from this proposal evaluated the container blocking and bracing methods shown in the appendix section of this report. These restraint methods were successful in securing the empty intermodal containers in both the flatcar and gondola types of railcars. This report details the results of that testing program. Author
- Surface Transportation and Equipment