I was thinking of dubs, cars with really tall rims
and rubber band tires, when I came across some old
pictures. It brought to mind that everything old is
new again. The pictures were of old cars that had
a specific purpose.
Known as Railway Inspection Cars, some of these
looked very much like dubs to us. Take this 1920s
Packard for instance.
Just lose the cowcatcher on the front and it
screams dub. An even better example is this 1938
The inspection cars were equipped with steel
wheels to cruise down the tracks and couldn’t be
driven on the street. This was before the purpose
built vehicles of today and they were used to
locate any problems along the track that might
The leading cause of train wrecks was human error
and the second leading cause was defects. These
defects included bending, stresses, cracking, and
corrosion to name a few.
Now rails can be inspected at around 65 mph and
in the future it may be done with lasers and fiber
optics from a remote site.
In use the inspection car would look something
The cars shown above are railway inspection cars,
the one below is a dub.
See the resemblance?
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