Polling pockets on trucks?

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Greg_Lewis
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Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Greg_Lewis » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:08 pm

Was at the Washington State Museum in Tacoma last week and saw these trucks under a cutaway display passenger car. These surely aren't passenger trucks; I think the lettering on the bolster reads "Monitor". But what was interesting to me was what looks like polling pockets on the ends of the trucks. Yes? I hadn't seen that before. Perhaps they were originally logging trucks? But somehow I don't see anyone with a measurable IQ ever trying to pole logging trucks. I think that would be a ticket to trouble.
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Re: Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Ken Schroeder » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:49 pm

I have seen poling pockets like this on some old tank cars.

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Re: Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Kimball McGinley » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:26 pm

Wow! If I am understanding the picture correctly, it looks to me like that truck is backwards under that car; wouldn't the pockets want to face the car ends?

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Re: Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Greg_Lewis » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:18 pm

Kimball:

Yes, the pockets face the car ends. The car is a re-created cutaway of an 1870s era passenger car. The center of the car is cut through so museum visitors can walk from one side to the other. Also, one side of the car is cut away so visitors can see what the inside of such a car would look like.
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Re: Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Cary Stewart » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:27 pm

These kinda go with the archbar trucks under the steam big hook in Ely, NV. They are probably the only ones in the world with Timken Roller Bearing journals. Long story.
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Re: Polling pockets on trucks?

Post by Glenn Brooks » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:53 pm

Hmm, when I read this thread, I wondered to myself - "what would anyone do with a poling pocket on a truck - particularly a scale model flat car?"

Well the very next day, I found out. Tried to push my little 1/4 scale flat car loaded with 35 big cement blocks out of the yard and up a very slight incline on some unballasted track I am laying on one end of my backyard RR. Wouldn't budge over the hump.

Finally managed to manhandle it over the unballasted hump by inserting the tip of a shovel into a notch above the coupler and leaning mightily on the handle. No place else on the car offered a solid anchoring point.

Now I see why I need a poling pocket on my work car! Another project with a rounded endmill and RT is on the horizon methinks.

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