Abstract: A door post for a grain door of a freight car. The post comprises hollow two-piece metal sections forming the door edge. The sections are contoured to hold a nailing strip made either of wood or metal slotted construction. The nailing strip serves as a backing for the post and custions blows against the metal sections of the post longitudinally of the car by cargo being passed through the doorway.
Abstract: A convertible crane is provided with a main trolley which carries a powered hoist along a horizontal path. A trailer trolley also carries a hoist which is powered from the main trolley. Each of the hoists thus have a powered drum which will increase the total line capacity of the crane allowing the crane to be used for temporary longer load travel or higher capacity lifting depending upon the amount of reeving or parts of line used to support the load from the trolleys.
Abstract: This disclosure relates to a tire and rim combination having run-flat capabilites. These capabilities are provided by a run-flat support system which is comprised of a pneumatic tube member located in the drop center area of the rim and an annular, "free-floating" ring member riding on the tube which contacts only the tube when the tire is operating under normal conditions and only the tube and inner periphery of the tread area of the tire when the tire is run flat.
Abstract: Apparatus comprising a pair of tamping machines mounted in side-by-side disposition on a railway vehicle on a railway track for consolidating ballast supporting the railway track. Each tamping machine comprises two pairs of normally opposed tamping units juxtaposed on a carriage for simultaneous up-and-down motion therewith between a retracted and an operating position. Included in each tamping unit pair is a pair of tamping tools which, while being driven into ballast on opposite sides of a crosstie, are both vibrated and oscillated for compacting the ballast. For use of the machine at a railway switch or over guardrails, a swivelling mechanism comprising an adjusting bolt is provided for pivoting each pair of tamping units about vertical axes and holding the same in desired angular positions with respect to the carriage.
Abstract: A wooden structure incapable of holding a fastening device is restored by boring a hole of a desired size into the structure, cleaning the hole, and introducing a cellular plastic insert of a suitable size, so that the insert can hold a fastening device driven thereinto. The method is particularly useful for restoring a "spike-killed" railroad crosstie; the insert is composed of cellular high density polyethylene having average bulk density from about 15 to 50 pounds per cubic foot.
Abstract: The retractable railroad wheel assembly for a road vehicle includes an axle for placement beneath a vehicle which extends across the normal direction of movement of the vehicle, and railroad wheels mounted on the ends of the axle. A pair of linkage assemblies are mounted at each end of the axle inwardly of the wheels for connection to the vheicle, and each linkage assembly includes a wheel support arm pivotally connected at one of its ends to a first support bearing mounted on the vehicle and connected at its other end to the axle for moving the axle and wheels through an arc beneath the vehicle between an upwardly retracted position beneath the vehicle and a downwardly distended position where the wheels engage the rails of a railroad track. An actuating linkage is connected between the axle and another support bearing mounted on the vehicle and includes a fluid actuated ram for folding and unfolding the linkage to retract and distend the wheels.
Abstract: New railroad crossties are placed on the rails of a railroad track and pushed along the track by a rail mounted vehicle. When the new crosstie is positioned over a crosstie in the railroad bed that it to be replaced, the ballast at one end of the old crosstie is removed, the rails are urged upwardly to relieve the force on the old crosstie, the new crosstie is then grasped and moved along its length laterally across the track until its trailing end clears the exposed end of the old crosstie, then the new crosstie is lowered and pushed against the exposed end of the old crosstie until the new crosstie pushes the old crosstie out from beneath the rails. A work head assembly is mounted at one end of the vehicle and includes a shovel and clamp assembly, and the work head assembly is movable laterally with respect to the rails of the railroad track to clear the soil away from the ends of the old crossties and to grasp and insert the new crossties beneath the rails.
Abstract: In devices, such as overhead conveyors which have a main track and one or more spur tracks where carriers hold objects to be treated at the spur track stations, the carriers are towed or pushed along the main track by a chain tow means running in a guide which parallels the main track and are switched to the spur tracks for treatment. To save on costs, the spur tracks usually have an inclined portion so that the carriers move thereon to a treating station by gravity once they have been disconnected and switched from the main track. Here pusher means are provided on the tow chain to push the carriers out of the area of the switching zone, to thereby avoid collision with oncoming carriers and to push the switched carriers far enough that the force of gravity takes effect to cause the carriers to continue their movement.
Abstract: Polyurethane pneumatic tires with colored sidewalls are produced by applying one or more elastomeric coatings thereto. A colored polyurethane elastomeric coating may be applied directly to the sidewall, but it may be applied to a primer elastomeric coating which is first applied and the colored coating is applied to it either before or after it is cured. The color of the colored coating may be produced by dyeing or pigmenting.
Abstract: A tamping head with a pair of vibratory and reciprocatory tamping tools mounted on a vertically adjustable carrier for immersion in the ballast in the cribs, with the ties positioned between the tools. Each tamping tool is constituted by a lever pivotal in a vertical plane about a transverse pivot, and stops are mounted on the carrier for setting at least three different reciprocating strokes for the tamping tools, with a remote-controlled multi-step drive for setting the stops.
October 17, 1977
Date of Patent:
December 19, 1978
Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
Abstract: A simplified radial ply tire containing a high modulus single carcass ply and a high modulus single belt ply with the cords in the carcass ply extending radially in the sidewall and at a bias angle in the tread area. The cords in the belt ply extend at an opposite bias angle to those of the carcass ply. A pair of continuous low modulus cord reinforced shoulder strips are provided and extend circumferentially about the tire adjacent the outer edges of the belt structure. Belt coatings, ply angles, shoulder strip orientation, bead region construction and other features are also disclosed.
Abstract: An elongated unitary center-sill-and-center-brace member for use with sectionalized railroad car center sills is disclosed herein. The member includes reduced wall portions at each end for telescopic engagement with an inboard center sill section and an outboard center sill section, either of which may be of the double-Z or Wierton-type. In either case, the top surfaces of the sill sections and the top surface of the member lie in the same plane so as to define a flat upper surface for the sill assembly.
Abstract: The invention provides for a stop device positioned on a railroad track shifting machine such as a track lifting and/or tamping machine and a sensor for generating a control signal to terminate or control the shifting action of the machine when the shifting force on the rail exceeds a predetermined value.
Abstract: A solid, monolithic bicycle tire made of urethane rubber with a cured hardness of from 50 to 95 Durometer A. The tire is formed with a pair of laterally spaced bead shoulders that seat on the bead seats of the wheel rim, and has a circumferential, arch-shaped tunnel formed in the inner side of the tire between the bead shoulders. The tunnel co-operates with the channel in the bottom of the wheel rim to form an annular void, or air space, that allows the tire to collapse locally under excessive impact loads, and at the same time provides a space into which the solid urethane elastomer can be displaced under compression. Under normal riding conditions, most of the light shock loads experienced when riding on a relatively smooth road surface are absorbed by the resiliency of the urethane rubber, with only a minor amount of deflection of the arched tunnel. A severe impact causes the tunnel to collapse to a greater extent, thereby absorbing the shock load and preventing damage to the wheel rim.
Abstract: In a combination hatch cover for railway car roofs,including a large cover having a smaller cover mounted thereon, each having their own separately operable latch, a supplemental locking arrangement is provided to maintain the small cover in closed position when the latch cover is moved to open position resting on the car roof.
June 13, 1977
Date of Patent:
November 21, 1978
ACF Industries, Incorporated
James R. Zimmerle, Robert W. Randolph, Dallas W. Rollins
Abstract: An array of an assembly of spouts for translating comminuted dry material from a bin having a number of output openings to various railway cars, respective ones of which have hatch openings of different relative dispositions and of different heights while inhibiting pollution of the ambient atmosphere by the material, in which each assembly comprises an upper section pivotally connected to the bin outlet for movement around a vertical axis, a lower section comprising vertically telescoping members, one of which carries a shroud adapted to make a seal with the car hatch, and an intermediate section pivoted to each of the upper and lower sections, together with means for driving the upper section to pivot the entire assembly over a limited arc around a vertical axis, means for swinging the intermediate section around a horizontal axis, while positively maintaining the lower sections substantially vertical, and means for moving the lower telescopic sections relative to each other, all of these movements being de
Abstract: In the formation of an elastomeric tube or the like on a toroidal core, elastomeric material is applied to the core generally along one side of the core, and force-applying means are utilized to press annular portions of the so-deposited elastomeric material onto the core. Cutting means are also included for cutting away elastomeric material not deposited on the core. The core and elastomeric material deposited thereon are then turned over and the operation is repeated, whereby elastomeric tube means or the like are provided on the toroidal core.
Abstract: An improvement of the attractive type electromagnet device for the magnetic levitation running vehicles. Each of the electromagnets arranged in two longitudinal rows has a U-shape-cross-section core of which opposite ends are each slanted to face downwards and a coil so wound around each leg portion of the core that the bent portions of the coil bundle are each downwardly dropped. Thus every adjacent two electromagnets can be longitudinally closely arranged at the upper sharpened edges of said slanted core ends and at the upper outer edges of said coil bundle downwardly drooped bent portions. Thus it is possible to overcome defaults of the prior arts, namely magnetic flux interruptions and so on.
Abstract: A dual track system whereby a transfer car can be turned at least 90.degree. in a minimum amount of space. The track system comprises a first set of parallel railroad-type rails of a standard size and cross section for the wheels of the lead truck of a transfer car and a second set of parallel railroad-type rails of the same size and cross section for the wheels of the following truck of the same transfer car. The first and second sets of rails are parallel to each other and overlapped with the right hand rails of each set lying in close proximity to each other and the left hand rails of each set lying in close proximity to each other. At the point where the transfer car is to begin its 90.degree.
Abstract: A railway maintenance car is provided for elevated railways which uses the rails, or rail of a monorail system, to move to the place of maintenance, thus avoiding obstruction of ground areas beneath the railway. The car of the invention includes telescoping cantilevered maintenance access platforms movable laterally and longitudinally of the car to place maintenance personnel alongside stalled cars on the rail or rails, and to move such personnel under the rail itself for maintenance and repair. The telescoping features of the invention include independently operable devices at each end of a telescoping platform in order to extend such platforms at an angle to the axis of the car for accommodating curved rail access.