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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 7 March 1979:

(1)   What action has been taken to implement the recommendation contained in the Bureau of Transport Economics Report entitled 'The 2CM Freight Wagon Bogie- an Appraisal' that additional study be conducted into (a) optimum combinations of wheels and brake blocks, (b) derailment risk evaluation by means of the introduction of sample 2CM Bogies onto all standard gauge networks in Australia, (c) the development of a suitable ride standard or bogie performance standard, (d) the relative track forces imposed by 2CM Bogies and 3 piece bogies, (e) track deterioration and (0 the examination and extension of ANZR freight bogie standards.

(2)   When will the results of any additional research be made public

Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) I am advised that research work had begun, under Railways of Australia auspices, into the general problem of freight wagon bogie design and related vehicle/track dynamics and that the work covers a number of bogie types including 2CM and 3 piece bogies.

(2)   I am advised that research work is at an early stage therefore it is not possible to say when the results will be known. The release of information on this technical research is of course the responsibility of the railways systems involved.

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