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Glossary Results for Word "Axle Load"

Axle Load The static weight carried by an individual axle. This determined the routes over which vehicles (especially locomotives) might run taking into account the strength of the infrastructure, that is bridges and track work. From the 1930s it was realised that the dynamic axle load (allowing for the “hammer blow”Explain 'Hammer Blow' effect of reciprocating parts) was more relevant and significant.