Patents Examined by Howard Beltran
  • Patent number: 4460099
    Abstract: Two side-by-side housings each receive a telescoping member therein. Bearings captivated within each housing engage the telescoping members such that the bearings are free to slide both with respect to the housings and the telescoping members. A handle for operating the lever and an arm for engaging the car coupler are mounted to opposing distal ends of the telescoping members. The other ends of the telescoping members are free to extend beyond the housings and have stops which abut the bearings while these ends are disposed within the housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Garbe Iron Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Empson
  • Patent number: 4459919
    Abstract: A supporting and guiding device for railway vehicles has at least four wheels 1, 2 mounted on a support intended to be fixed to the body 3 of a vehicle near one end thereof. The device includes a cross bar 8 maintained perpendicular to the vertical plane containing the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and two longitudinal beams 5 which each carry at least two wheels. In use the beams extend longitudinally of the body on both sides of the vertical plane, and they are connected to each other by a rod 12 mounted on ball and socket joints 13.The longitudinal beams are hinged (9) to the common cross bar such that the wheels carried by the beams may become oriented in order to follow the curves of the track rails 6 and to be moved in order to pass over inequalities or unevennesses of said track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: S.A. Constructions Ferroviaires et Metalliques
    Inventors: Emmanuel Lemaire, Michel De Ro, Jacques Cuylits
  • Patent number: 4458605
    Abstract: A pair of adjustment plates are disposed below a mechanical spring which supports a car body. At least one of the adjustment plates include spaced stepped portions to engage a portion of the other plate with the stepped portion engaged determining the height of the car. When the car load is removed from the springs, the relative positions of the plates may be selectively changed to adjust the height of the car body. A shock absorber is connected inside the mechanical spring and removable through the adjustment plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: The Budd Company
    Inventors: James M. Herring, Jr., Walter S. Eggert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4458604
    Abstract: A self-steering radial truck having steering arms with side arms, the side arms being contoured and located so that they provide visual and physical access to the trucks brake beam head and brake shoe, place said cross beam at a position clear of the brake beam and car body members and position the connecting post at a preferred location to prevent interference with one of the standard bolster brake rod openings for interconnection with the mating steering arm by a metal male member on one connecting post member slidably engaging a recess in the other connecting post member with metal to metal contact and means to provide for angling articulation of the two arms and the associated wheelsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey W. Cope
  • Patent number: 4457423
    Abstract: A conveyor system is designed for moving loads along a curved path and takes the form of a guide pipe having within it a piston-like driver which may be shuttled from one end to the other thereof by forcing driving fluid, as for example water and oil, into the one end or the other end of the pipe. A sleeve-like runner is placed on the outside of the pipe and is joined up with the driver by a magnet system which may take the form of a magnetic driving part on the driver and so placed thereon as to be radially spaced from the inner wall face of the pipe. The driver within the pipe and the runner on the pipe, together with any magnet system on them, have outer and inner forms taking into account the curved forms of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Inventor: Kurt Stoll
  • Patent number: 4457551
    Abstract: A speed-lock restraint system for wheelchair systems having a frame assembly for a chair, arm rests and wheels, an inverted U-shaped main channel supported by said frame and extending between a front cross channel and a rear cross channel, an anchor supported from a floor plate having apertures therein, and a pivot arm with diametrically oppositely extending end projections, each of said projections capable of extending within said aperture in alignment and securably relating the wheelchair in speed-locking relation and restraint to a vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Target Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Anthony
  • Patent number: 4457238
    Abstract: A railway truck assembly adapted to produce steering of the wheel axles radially to a curve to reduce wear and noise and characterized by a pivot connection between the bolster and the truck frame elements which; in cooperation with direct transmission of the load to the truck frame through the opposite ends of the bolster, allows to use a relatively thinner and centrally non-bulging bolster. Thus, more space is made available between the central portion of the bolster and the top of the rails; which space is advantageously used to install some equipment such as for instance a linear induction motor or LIM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Urban Transportation Development Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: George Sobolewski
  • Patent number: 4455947
    Abstract: A railway hopper car includes an angular roof having a roof sheet provided with lateral edges each connected to the top of the car side sheet by an elongated top chord. Each top chord includes a substantially rectangularly-sectioned tube member affixed to the exterior of the top portion of the side sheet and includes a top wall inclined inwardly and upwardly and projecting interiorly of the car beyond the top edge of the side sheet. The undersurface of the lateral portion of the roof sheet overlies and is attached to a substantial portion of the upper surface of the top chord top wall. An inside wall on each top chord comprises a vertical member terminating in a top edge abutting the inclined top wall to provide a smooth vertical plane readily admitting installation of the side sheets and subsequent car interior lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Portec, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Reeve, Howard C. Woodman
  • Patent number: 4456415
    Abstract: A cargo supporting device, preferably a partition-like member, is constructed for insertion in the interior of a cargo transporting container, such as a truck freight car, or marine cargo carrier, to support the cargo during movement of the container. The partition or bulkhead is constructed of any suitable stiff material and has positioned upon it a pair of foot assemblies at opposite edges disposed to frictionally engage opposite inner walls of the container. One of these foot assemblies includes an adjustable mechanism disposed to move a wall engaging bearing element or pad automatically against the container walls, to apply an increased bearing force to such walls, and to lock the foot assembly, and consequently lock the cargo support device, in a fixed position inside the container against the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
    Inventor: Roland R. Joice-Cavanagh
  • Patent number: 4455946
    Abstract: A vehicle truck embodying articulated subtrucks or steering arms having a plurality of wheelsets, with steering arm interconnections establishing coordinated steering motions of the wheelsets, the truck also having elastic restraining devices for stabilizing steering and other motions of the wheelsets. A method and structure is provided for adapting or "retrofitting" existing truck structures in a manner to embody the steering and stabilizing characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Railway Engineering Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold A. List
  • Patent number: 4456133
    Abstract: A railway coupler connection is provided for use in a coupler shank-yoke or a drawbar-yoke configuration. Self adjusting slack reduction is provided by a wedge shaped shim or an angled follower block. Vertical and horizontal angling of the coupler connection is provided for by the curved shape of the contacting surfaces of the butt portion of the shank or drawbar and the follower block and the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: AMSTED Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Russell G. Altherr, John W. Kaim
  • Patent number: 4456121
    Abstract: A load moving apparatus for moving loads such as tools, fixtures or parts in a linear path comprising an elongated channel-shaped frame member having a pair of rod-like guide members which support a carriage member for the movement in a reciprocating path longitudinally of the frame for all possible positions of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Automatic Hydraulic Devices
    Inventors: Guy V. Palmer, Raymond J. Schihl
  • Patent number: 4454818
    Abstract: A coupling trolley is provided for a rail or runway beam that is longitudinally translatable relative to a member located above and extending transversely of the rail or runway beam. The trolley has rollers to engage and support the rail or runway beam via upper flanging thereof, and has first and second supporting engagers for the member, specifically lower flanging thereof. The trolley is movable with the rail or runway beam and relative thereto. When the trolley is stopped by its first engager reaching said member as the rail or runway beam is advanced with the trolley, the second engager of the trolley is movable by the end of the rail or runway beam, from non-engagement towards and into securing engagement with the member where it is held by cooperation with the upper surface of the rail or runway beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: A. Monk and Company Limited
    Inventors: Barry C. Eccleston, Alexander S. Sinclair, Michael Elliot
  • Patent number: 4454821
    Abstract: An articulated truck joins and supports two adjacent railway cars. A linkage including two pairs of links is connected between the bolster of the truck and one of the railway cars. A common link is connected between the two pairs of link. The linkage and common link forces the truck to maintain a radial position with respect to curves in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: The Budd Company
    Inventor: William W. Dickhart, III
  • Patent number: 4454953
    Abstract: A three-part telescoping uncoupling lever assembly is disclosed for railroad cars which are equipped with standard draft gear cushioning. The assembly includes a plastic sleeve formed from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (U.H.M.W.) and a pair of unitary extension bars in sliding engagement within the sleeve. One end of each extension bar is bent to form a lock lifter hook or a handle for performing the uncoupling function. Each extension bar includes a shaft and an integral bent retainer, the bent retainers being positioned within the sleeve. The retainers are maintained in parallel sliding arrangement within juxtaposed channels extruded in the U.H.M.W. polyethylene sleeve. The hook and the handle are located on opposite ends of the assembly, the total length of which can be varied automatically between maximum and minimum lengths, dependent upon the corresponding distance between the coupler and sill bracket as that distance changes due to coupler impact and side swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventor: Osvaldo F. Chierici
  • Patent number: 4454985
    Abstract: A device for clamping a railroad rail to a concrete tie includes a hollow vertical member which projects down into the tie alongside the rail and has an interior bearing surface which projects downwardly and inwardly toward the centerline of the tie. A generally C-shaped spring is disposed with its upper end abutting an upwardly facing surface on the rail and its center portion projecting down into the hollow member, the lower end of the spring abutting the bearing surface. A wedge acts between another interior bearing surface on the member and the center portion of the spring to flex the latter somewhat and cause the spring to clamp the rail tightly against the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventor: Joseph H. Carter
  • Patent number: 4454986
    Abstract: An improved rail fastening assembly composed of a new rail spike and a contact plate member for maintaining a rail in the preset contact with a cross-tie. The assembly of the present invention maintains rail gauge in spite of long and heavy trains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Koppers International Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: Ernest J. Taylor-Smith
  • Patent number: 4455119
    Abstract: A trailer apparatus is disclosed herein which includes tracks adjustably mounted within a trailer body and having a first position for the transporting of automobiles and a second position permitting the carrying of other types of cargo. The tracks are hingedly mounted to the inside of the side walls of the trailer body and pivot downwardly for the carrying of automobiles and upwardly against the side wall to permit the carrying of other types of cargo. Front and rear doors are provided on the trailer and incorporate a track for allowing the loading and unloading of automobiles onto the tracks within the trailer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Assignee: Dallas Smith Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Earl D. Smith
  • Patent number: 4452392
    Abstract: Improved rail fastening assembly consisting of a clip and an insert or retaining member, the clip being made from a spring steel rod and comprising an elongated rail pressing toe member, each end whereof is bent upwardly to form a first curved portion, referred to as toe curve of generally inverted U shape and disposed in vertical plane, the rod being further bent downwardly to form a second curved portion of generally U shape in the same vertical plane, the ends of said second curved portions being then bent outwardly to form third curved portions being the heel curves and extending into heel legs at a tangent to the said heel curves, the insert having a fulcrumming pin for second curved portions and a pin which is constrained to be inserted between a shoulder of the insert and the heel curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Inventors: Bojji Rajaram, A. R. Bhat, M. B. Chakravarty
  • Patent number: 4451188
    Abstract: A railway car adapted to convey cylindrical objects such as coils includes a plurality of fixed trough members and sections of shiftable inclined trough assemblies disposed atop a support deck. By selectively laterally displacing the shiftable trough assemblies the car is alternately configured to provide single/triple or double troughs, or a combination thereof, in order to achieve maximum lading capacity in any one car regardless of the diameters of the coils. Positioning elements on each shiftable trough assembly alternately mate with a fixed trough member or separate positioning elements on the support deck to specifically define the various trough modes. A lock assembly is operable to engage a retainer element carried by each shiftable trough assembly when located in either mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Assignee: Portec, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Smith, David A. Stoller, Sr.