Patents Examined by Frank Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4925135
    Abstract: An arrangement is proposed for controlled guidance of a wheel axle (22) or of a bogie of a rail vehicle passing over points, whereby the wheel contact point (48, 50) is subjected to a controlled influence such that the wheel axle runs substantially vertical to the track longitudinal axis. The controlled influence of the wheel contact point can be exerted by, for example, the stock rail (32) veering away outwards in the area that the blade begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Assignee: BWG Butzbacher Weichenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Rudiger Ziethen, Sebastian Benenowski, Alfred Kais, Erich Nuding
  • Patent number: 4881467
    Abstract: A continuous action track maintenance or rehabilitation machine comprises a first machine frame, a carrier frame arranged between the undercarriages supporting the first machine frame on the track, ballast tamping and track lifting and lining units vertically adjustably mounted on the carrier frame, and a drive linking the carrier frame to the first machine frame for longitudinally displacing the carrier frame with respect thereto. A second machine frame is linked to the rear end of the first machine frame, and a plow arrangement is vertically adjustably mounted on the second machine frame between the undercarriages thereof, the plow arrangement comprising a drive connecting the plow arrangement to the second machine frame for vertically adjusting the plow arrangement with respect thereto, a center plow for plowing ballast between the rails of the track, shoulder plows for plowing ballast laterally adjacent each one of the rails, and a drive for operating each one of the plows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4854792
    Abstract: A system and method for bracing and cushioning the impact of movable massive loads during sudden deceleration of a transport vehicle, such as created during humping of railway cars. Resilient elastomeric pads separate adjacent objects of the load with the thickness and density of the elastomeric material chosen to dampen typical impact forces without damage to the objects. The resilent pads are preferably formed with at least one face contoured to envelope the side of an object. Three types of resilient pads are disclosed for use in transporting massive sheet metal coils with one pad adapted for particular use at endwalls, another pad for use between coils, and yet another pad for use between mid-row coils and doorway dunnage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Cougar Package Designers, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Cottone
  • Patent number: 4843974
    Abstract: A railroad hopper car having bottom discharge doors, an elongated beam assembly along the bottom of the car, door operating levers to open and close the doors connected to the beam assembly and doors, and lost motion timing connections in the beam assembly which permits displacement of beam sections to open and close pairs or sets of doors in a sequential but substantially simultaneous and automatic order so ast to permit reduction of air pressure required to open the doors, or permit use of smaller diameter air cylinder, a pneumatic drive to move the beam in opposite directions to open and close the doors, and a secondary lock to maintain the beam stationary unless pneumatic pressure intentionally operates the pneumatic drive, with the lock being positioned to be readily seen when locked and safely operated if necessary from the wayside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Thrall Car Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: John A. Ritter, Keith J. Hallam