Wednesday, February 25, 2009
AMTRAK SUPERLINER I TRUCK, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO, JANUARY 12, 2009
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200 at 109mm
1/20 sec. f11
Here's a vintage commonplace nobody ever looks at closely: a massive and heavy Industrial Age railroad passenger car truck made of cast and machined steel. It's a 19th century invention refined in the late 20th century by German engineers for the first generation of Amtrak's double-deck Superliner cars. Those huge coils in the center originally were air bags for smoother riding, but they wore out so fast Amtrak replaced them with classic springs of a design Casey Jones would have recognized.