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Proof that Framingham is really Sodor: Troublesome trucks

Derailed train cars in Framingham

This is what Ben saw when he looked out the window of his Worcester Line train in Framingham this afternoon.

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The troublesome trucks caused confusion and delay!

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The twisted thing at the end of the line might be a rail freight car (or it might be some sort of a truck where we can't see the cab due to the angle of the photo (or it might have been a 18-wheeler trailer without a tractor cab)).

Even if it is a rail freight car, "truck trouble" might still be appropos.

The wheel assemblies that support rail cars are sometimes called trucks.

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Rail car wheel assemblies and the frame that holds them together are called "trucks" in North America and "bogies" in the rest of the world.

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....but I believe the British often refer to freight cars as 'trucks.'

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"Truck" means "freight car" in the UK. It's a reference to Thomas the Tank Engine, a TV show.

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Since then, however, my little one has introduced me to Thomas, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Speaking of which, I should get back to work so that I can be a really useful engine.

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series (the one with George Carlin) on DVD, and introduce your little one to that version. Actual - and quite good - modelmaking as opposed to the CGI garbage now being used.

disclaimer - as a railfan and model railroader, friends and co-workers who have kids have been asking my opinion about the Thomas series since it first aired.

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