6-6. Draft Gear for Oversea Equipment
Established regulations of the Association of American
Railroads (AAR) and the Department of Transportation
6-3 is applicable to railroad equipment in the continental
(DOT) for the maintenance and inspection of freight and
United States, Canada, and Mexico. The draft gear
described for these countries is designed to take both buff
passenger cars contained In current AAR interchange
and draft shocks. Of the oversea areas believed to be
rules are mandatory in interchange service on the
strategically important, only China and Korea have
equipment where this type is adaptable. In most other
railroads of the United States.
Although it is not
areas, only pull load is absorbed by the draft gear and
mandatory that Army personnel concerned with the
buff is absorbed by side buffers set approximately 35
inches to each side of the centerline of the draft gear.
maintenance of railway freight and passenger cars in
The hook-and link coupler of European pattern and the
oversea areas comply strictly with these regulations, it is
Wlllison coupler of Russian pattern are examples of the
recommended that they be used as a guide, particularly
from a safety viewpoint.