strike either the journal or the center portion of the adjacent axle. If a journal is nicked, it may cause an
overheated journal bearing or a hotbox. If the wheel flange forcibly strikes and thereby nicks the center portion
of the axle, breakage may occur. Offsetting pairs of storage tracks 6 inches will prevent this damage as the
treads will strike the hub of the next wheel, as you can see in figure 2.28.
Figure 2.28. Storing Wheels.
c. Lubricating. Highly polished journals rust rapidly if left unprotected even though the axles may be
stored inside out of the weather. To prevent them from rusting, they should be completely coated with a heavy
lubricant or rust preventive that will not easily wash away but can be readily wiped off. A mixture of paint and
heavy oil has proved effective for this purpose.