Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • Patent number: 9873333
    Abstract: A paved structure capable of feeding power to a traveling body in a noncontact manner. The paved structure feeding power to a power receiver provided in a traveling body through an electromagnetic wave, includes: a depression extending in the direction in which the traveling body runs; a magnetic member laid in the depression; a power feeding body laid on the upper surface of the magnetic member to feed power to the power receiver through an electromagnetic wave; and a power feeding body protector laid in the depression to cover the power feeding body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOA ROAD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagato Abe, Kazunori Manabe, Michio Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 9868453
    Abstract: A railcar end unit is operable to be mounted in a center sill between buff and draft sill stops. The buff and draft end bodies are configured to be shiftably mounted relative to the center sill to engage the respective sill stops and to shift axially relative to one another along a unit axis. The end unit includes a buff spring pack operably mounted between the end bodies and compressible along the unit axis from a neutral condition to a compressed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: O-Ring Sales & Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Johnson, Richard Uriah Ralston, Andrew Allen Johnson
  • Patent number: 9856609
    Abstract: In a method for restoring, renovating or rebuilding a railway, a substructure or part of a substructure is installed, a track bed is installed and a track grid is installed and/or an existing track grid is extended, an existing track bed is extended and an existing substructure or part of a substructure is extended. There is provision that the installation of the track grid, the installation of the track bed and the installation of the substructure or part of the substructure takes place in a single working process and/or in that the extension of the existing track grid, the extension of the existing track bed and/or the extension of the existing substructure or part of the substructure takes place in a single working process. Track bed material and/or substructure material is transported to the site and/or away from the site by rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: K & K MASCHINENENTWICKLUNGS GHBM & CO. KG
    Inventor: Wolfram Peter Dehmel
  • Patent number: 9855847
    Abstract: A trough used for feeding power to a traveling body in a noncontact manner, a paved structure, and a method of constructing the paved structure. The trough used for a paved structure feeding power to a power receiver provided in a traveling body through an electromagnetic wave, includes: a trough body having a trough depression extending in the direction in which the traveling body runs; a magnetic member laid in the trough depression; a power feeding body laid on the magnetic member to feed power to the power receiver through an electromagnetic wave; and a power feeding body protector laid in the trough depression to cover the power feeding body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOA ROAD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagato Abe, Kazunori Manabe, Michio Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 8020495
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a longitudinal axis, a first superstructure, a second superstructure that adjoins the first superstructure in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and a pitch joint that connects the first superstructure and the second superstructure. The pitch joint is embodied as a rod assembly, which extends substantially on one pitch joint plane and comprises two pitch joint arms, two pitch joint rods, and a coupling device. The pitch joint arms are pivotally hinged to the first superstructure in the region of their first end, each of the pitch joint rods is pivotally hinged to the free second end of one of the pitch joint arms in the region of its first end, the pitch joint rods are pivotally hinged to the second superstructure in the region of their second end, and the coupling device couples the two pitch joint such that they perform swiveling movements in opposite directions about their hinged points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Müller, Harald Hentschel
  • Patent number: 8011305
    Abstract: The present invention relates to symmetrical arrangements in multi-unit articulated rail road cars. A multi-unit railroad car has an odd number of railcar units joined end to end by articulated connectors supported by railcar trucks. The railroad car has a transverse centerline. The arrangement of articulated connectors about the transverse centerline is symmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Mohamed Al-Kaabi, Jamal Hematian
  • Patent number: 8011306
    Abstract: A railroad car truck for a railroad freight car, such as an autorack car, has a bolster mounted cross-wise between two sideframes. The bolster ends are mounted on respective spring groups carried by the sideframes. The bolster can translate laterally relative to the sideframes. The side frames are mounted to swing laterally relative to the wheel sets, and hence relative to the rails. Resistance to lateral deflection is provided by the resistance of the sideframes to the pendulum swinging motion, and by shear in the spring groups. The truck has a doubled damper arrangement of dampers in a four-cornered layout at each end of the bolster, giving a flexing resistance to yaw between the sideframes and the bolster ends. The doubled damper arrangement works against large wear plates mounted on the sideframe columns. The large wear plates are mounted normal to the dampers and square to the sideframes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventor: James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 8006624
    Abstract: A machine for uploading and positioning rails on crossties in railway tracks includes an inverted U-shaped gantry (1-2), with side branches finished at the lower part in respective caterpillar tracks (4) of movement on the ballast of the beam on both sides of the platform of crossties. The gantry (1) supports a pair of clamps (8) with jaws (16), for fixing the rails by the core thereof, and preventing pitching, which clamps (8) close by means of respective hydraulic cylinders (10) movable in height actuated by another hydraulic cylinder (15) through a deformable parallelogram (12), while at the same time they are longitudinally movable by the actual movement of the machine. The machine thus moves forward towards the rail carrier train located at the end of the track under construction, grasps a pair of rails with its clamps, and pulls them without contact with the ground until they are arranged on their assembly position, the rails serving for the forward movement of the rail carrier train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Tecsa Empresa Constructora, S.A.
    Inventor: Rafael Valero Sin
  • Patent number: 8006628
    Abstract: An emergency staircase includes a plurality of step forming members that are housed in a casing. A podium and a railing are fitted to the casing so that the podium and the railing can be unfolded against the casing. Each of the step forming members includes a pair of guiding parts which are arranged in parallel, and a step plate that is sandwiched between the guiding parts of each pair and fastened to each of the guiding parts, so that left and right pairs of resulting squarish U-shapes face each other. Inner guiding parts and outer guiding parts are mutually of a similar configuration, so that each inner one is relatively smaller than each outer one by the thickness of the part. The protrusions act as sliding contacts between adjacent guiding parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokumitsu Tomada, Masahiro Inui, Masaya Nishino
  • Patent number: 8006942
    Abstract: A system for detecting a moving hot bearing or wheel of a rail car is provided. The system includes a first comparator to receive input signals representative of radiation emitted by the moving hot rail car bearing or wheel, and to compare the input signals to a threshold value. The system further includes a counter for counting incidents of the input signals exceeding the threshold value and a second comparator to compare a number of incidents of the input signals exceeding the threshold value to a count threshold as an indication of detection of a hot rail car bearing or wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., John Erik Hershey, Pierino Gianni Bonanni, Benjamin Paul Church, Brock Estel Osborn
  • Patent number: 8001908
    Abstract: A model vehicle, such as a model electric train, includes a model automatic door. The operation of the door is automated using a motor, drive train, and control circuit. A drive mechanism moves the door between open and closed positions. In the open position, the door is displaced laterally along and displaced outwardly of the body of the train car to expose a door opening. In the closed position, the door is substantially flush with the body of the car and covers the door opening. The control circuit permits automatic operation of the door and provides various features for enhancing realism of the operating model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lionel L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard F. Webster, Steven R. Greening
  • Patent number: 8001906
    Abstract: A system is provided for retrofitting an electrically propelled vehicle. The vehicle has an engine-driven generator, and at least a first traction motor and a second traction motor coupled to the generator. The system includes an energy storage device capable of being coupled to at least the first traction motor; and a control system operable to control a distribution of propulsive power between the first traction motor and the second traction motor. An associated method and a retrofit kit are provided, also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Lembit Salasoo
  • Patent number: 8001905
    Abstract: A model vehicle, such as a model electric train, includes a model pantograph. The operation of the pantograph is automated using a motor, drive train, and control circuit. An upper articulating portion of the pantograph is mounting to the model vehicle using a breakaway assembly. The upper articulating portion may also be coupled to a drive motor via an elastic coupling permitting elastic movement of the upper portion independently of the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Lionel L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard F. Webster, Steven R. Greening
  • Patent number: 7992501
    Abstract: A mass transit system includes a plurality of pedestal-mounted rings which provide a support through which a vehicle travels. The pedestals are spaced apart on the ground, but no rail or connecting structure on or above ground is required. An underground conduit carries electrical and communications cable that connects the pedestals together. The rings include a plurality of rollers to drive, guide and stabilize the vehicle at lower speeds. For higher speeds flywheels are mounted on the pedestals. The flywheels are preferably driven by an electrical motor, which engages a friction or clutch plate on the vehicle separate from the rings. The friction plate or linear clutch is mounted separate from the rings on the vehicle and is lowered to engage and disengage the flywheel. The flywheel is also mounted on a shock absorber to smooth the travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tubular Rail, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Patent number: 7992798
    Abstract: A system for fastening a rail on a substrate includes a base plate, molded into which is a central portion, the width of which is adapted to the width of the rail foot of the rail to be fastened, with at least one fastening element for connecting the base plate to the substrate. The at least one tensioning element is provided for holding down the rail on the base plate. The system provides a fastening system allowing fastening of rails that satisfies modern requirements with the additional benefit of low production costs and simple assembly, while maintaining the basic configuration of the base plate provided and using simple means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Vossloh-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Winfred Bösterling, Michael Steidl
  • Patent number: 7984862
    Abstract: A rail anchor and a rail anchor assembly are provided for use with a concrete railroad tie. An elastomeric plate is placed on a top surface of the railroad tie. A rigid plate is placed on top of the elastomeric plate. The rail anchor is placed adjacent the elastomeric plate and the rigid plate. The rail anchor has a first end with a receiving opening and a second end with a receiving indentation to receive edges of the flanges of the railroad rail. The rail anchor has a center portion joining the two ends. The outer portion of the rail anchor extends downwardly an amount less than the thickness of the elastomeric plate and the rigid plate to avoid contact with the concrete railroad tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Henderson, Ed Bosshammer, Casey Walsh
  • Patent number: 7984799
    Abstract: A reel device of diversion joint comprises: a casing, a wire holder, a telegraph line, a position plate and two L-shape anchors. The casing has a shaft and a restraint cavity. The wire holder is located on the shaft. The telegraph line is winded inside the wire holder. The position plate located on the wire holder has a guiding groove and at least one anchor recess. Two L-shape anchors located on the guiding groove are separated to two sides of the shaft, and each of the L-shape anchors has a slider protrusion to slide along the guiding groove. When the joint performs a linear motion, the wire holder drives the shaft to rotate and the slider protrusion slides along the guiding groove. When the linear motion stops, the joint is fixed on a position where the slider protrusion is anchored in the anchor recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Bestfon Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Hsu-Jui Huang
  • Patent number: 7976076
    Abstract: The traction material dispensing apparatus mounts within the wheel well of a fender of a vehicle and is therefore visually and physically unobtrusive. The apparatus selectively dispenses traction material both in front of and behind a vehicle tire. A driver-accessed switch controls the apparatus dispensing of material. Of importance is that the manifolds, funnels, and nozzles are gravity fed by the vessel so that agitators and pressurized material flow assistance is not needed. Flappers within each manifold are controlled by the driver-actuated switch and control delivery of the traction material to the nozzles. As with the flappers, flow from the nozzles is controlled by a miniature DC (direct current) motor powered by the vehicle's electrical system. Screens ensure breakup of any clumps and therefore proper dispersion of traction material to the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy J. Ahern
  • Patent number: 7975934
    Abstract: A rail support assembly includes a rail tie, a rail with a rail base, a pair of support shoulders embedded in the rail tie and located on either side of the rail base, rail clips seated in the support shoulders and having a toe section lying on the rail base, rail insulators having an upper portion lying between the clip toes and the rail base, abutting the rail base, and a lower portion wedged between the rail base and the support shoulders, wherein each support shoulder includes: a rail face; a clip gateway through the rail face; a rail clip ramp from the rear of the shoulder to the clip gateway; and a retention ledge formed on the rail face on each side of the clip gateway. When assembled, each retention ledge is disposed above one of the rail insulators to prevent vertical movement of the respective rail insulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AirBoss Railway Products Inc.
    Inventor: Hartley Frank Young
  • Patent number: 7975933
    Abstract: A rail joint arrangement comprises two rails. The rails have adjacent rail ends separated and thereby forming a gap. The rails have a top end containing a rail head and a bottom end. The gap is defined between the top end and the bottom end of the rails, and the width of the gap is non-uniform throughout its entire length. In addition, the rail joint arrangement comprises at least one electric insulator positioned within the gap. The rail joint arrangement is fastened together by a rail joint bar attaching the two rails together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: W. Thomas Urmson, Jr., John M. Downey, Patrick J. Boario, John W. Mospan