Dowty Railway Retarder

Dowty Railway Retarder
Dowty Railway Retarder

What is a Dowty Retarder?

A Hydraulic device that regulates the speed of rail cars as they roll down an inclined track, such as marshalling yards.

The devices are built for a specified speed set at the factory.

If the rail car is below the set speed, the device offers no resistance. If the rail car speed is at or greater than the speed setting, an internal valve is activated to provide resistance to the rail car wheel, thus slowing the rail car.

This keeps rail cars rolling within a relatively narrow range of speeds

Film which includes a section on the Dowty Retarder

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  • I was seconded to the DHU agents Telkor in 1978 to manufacture assemble and install the retarder and booster system at the Bapsfountain marshalling yard in South Africa.

    By Bob Brown (24/09/2018)

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