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(on a railway vehicle) a metal enclosure within which the end of an axle revolves.
- ‘The axle boxes proved to be a very expensive item, considerably exceeding the original budget.’
- ‘The axle box was notched accordingly and final fitting was carefully done with chisels and files.’
- ‘These products are used extensively in the axle boxes of all the various types of rolling stock around the world.’
- ‘The wheels, equipped with smooth pneumatic tyres, are brought into contact with the road surface and the sideways force on the wheel is measured with a load cell attached to the axle box.’
- ‘Straps are riveted to the bottom ends of the W-irons so that the axle boxes and springs don't fall out.’
- ‘A number of axle box suspension systems are used to simplify the structure and permit easier maintenance.’
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