leaf springs vs coil springs

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by nachoman, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    why did cabooses and tenders usually have trucks with leaf springs, and frieght cars have coil springs? At least that is what I have noticed. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each?

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Oct 31, 2002
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    Hi Kevin,

    Sorry you don't have an answer yet - but here is my understanding...

    Cabooses ran on a suspension similar to passenger cars, allowing for higher speed (when necessary) and greater comfort. If you look at express reefers and other "high speed" cars that were often used on passenger runs, you will see the passenger type trucks.