Patents Examined by Scott H. Werny
  • Patent number: 4892249
    Abstract: A railroad crossing is provided in which transverse and end panels are joined by means of splines fitted into indentations on side surfaces of said panels whereby pairs of panels are joined together with a spline fitting partly into each side or end of adjoining panels; and lateral anchor members for fixing the panels adjacent to said rails, the end panels and the outer field panels whereby the need is obviated for affixing the panels to the ties by means of surface spikes. In one embodiment an anchor is used which has vertical wall sections which project upwardly and have inwardly projecting horizontal lips and a spline retaining plate positioned beneath the lips. The spline rests on and is positioned transversely across said lips, and removable means are provided to fix the spline to the retaining plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: Koppers Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: S. Hudson Owen
  • Patent number: 4846320
    Abstract: A power cable hanger for a mine including a roof mounted rail, a carriage travelling on the rail, a plurality of open-sided hooks to support a cable spaced at intervals along the path of the rail, an arm on the carriage to pick up and place the cable on the hooks and to retrieve the cable from the hooks and cable means, independent of the power cable to cause the carriage to travel backwards and forwards on the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Inco Limited
    Inventor: Dale M. Clarke
  • Patent number: 4819566
    Abstract: A railroad vehicle is provided for movement on rails. The vehicle has a car body and two trucks. Each of the trucks has an outboard and an inboard axle mounted to the truck for pivotal movement about respective vertical axes such that the axles may be moved to a radial position when the vehicle is travelling on curved track. Each of the trucks has a pivotal connection, offset from center toward the outboard axle, between the truck and the car body. Each of the trucks contains a steering mechanism whereby the axles are moved to the radial position when the vehicle is travelling on curved track, with the alignment being obtained in response to the angle through which the truck swivels relative to the car body in traversing the curved track. The steerable trucks are stable provided that certain mathematical relationships set out are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Urban Transportation Development Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Roy E. Smith, Ron J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4817533
    Abstract: A transportation system of a floated-carrier type according to the present invention has a guide rail cover extending in a longitudinal direction. The guide rail cover comprises a guide rail. A carrier is made to float, in a non-contact manner, from the guide rail, by means of floating device and is propelled along the guide rail by a transfer device. An electrical device and a battery for supplying a current thereto are mounted on the carrier. In this transportation system, a charging device is provided for charging the battery. The charging device comprises a first terminal connected to the battery, a charging power source located on the guide rail cover, and a second terminal, which is connected to the charging electric power source and can be brought into contact with the first terminal when the carrier is stopped at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Teruo Azukizawa, Mimpei Morishita
  • Patent number: 4812113
    Abstract: Prestressed concrete railroad ties are formed in molds which are supported by existing track near the area where they are to be installed. Each mold will form a number of ties. Reinforcing strands are located within a plurality of longitudinally spaced molds. Concrete is then poured into the molds and the ties are formed bottoms up in the molds. A group of ties are simultaneously removed from a given mold by a special extractor which first simultaneously clamps the reinforcing strands extending outwardly from a given mold, and then lifts the strands as a group from the mold by a suitable crane. Preferably the center of gravity of ties is spaced from a pivot point which will cause 180.degree. rotation locating the ties in upright position to be loaded on a railway car or other vehicle to take them to the site where they are to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4811669
    Abstract: A portable drive for coaction with a band is provided with a motor driven drive roller for transporting the drive along the band. The drive roller with coacting structure for maintaining operative coaction with the band are settable to two main positions, viz, an operative and a neutral position, the band in the neutral position running freely while the drive roller with coacting structure being cantilevered so that the band can be freely taken aside for disengagement of the band from the drive, or for inserting the band from the side over the drive roller to coact therewith after resetting to the operative position. The inventive drive is primarily intended to be attachable to a skier allowing him to be towed up a hill along a band which is anchored at its upper end to a tree, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Industrimekanik I Stockholm AB
    Inventor: Sten Dahlman
  • Patent number: 4807537
    Abstract: A transport apparatus is provided with a track including a predetermined transport path. At least two runners travel on the transport path. The track includes a pair of first guide portions individually in rolling contact with first wheels of the runner on the upper side, and a pair of second guide portions individually in rolling contact with second wheels of the runner on the lower side. A lift mechanism is provided with the track and adapted temporarily to remove the runner from the transport path. The lift mechanism includes cut portions formed individually in the first guide portions and allowing the runner to be lifted, and driving mechanism for lifting up the runner through the cut portions to open the transport path when the runner is opposed to the cut portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yukito Matsuo
  • Patent number: 4802622
    Abstract: A compact mobile storage system structure and method. The structure includes a sigle track having rail and guide portions for each row of separate storage units and structure for compensating for drift of the individual storage units including adjusting screws for effecting leveling of the single track or varying the slope of the single track. The structure of the invention further includes annular lubricating members in recesses on each side of rotatably mounted wheels on the individual storage units. The method of the invention includes guiding the individual units of a compact mobile storage system along a single track at one edge of the storage units and compensating for drift of the individual units by adjusting the slope of the single track so that it is opposite the slope of the floor at the opposite edge of the individual storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Homan Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Homan
  • Patent number: 4802419
    Abstract: An axle for a rail vehicle is pivotally connected to two equal length swinging arms, each of which is pivotally connected to the rail vehicle. The axle rotates about a virtual vertical axis away from the axle and nearer to the center of the rail vehicle. The axle is then radial for all curves over which a rail vehicle would usually traverse. In addition, the overhang of the rail vehicle while traversing a curve is reduced since the rail vehicle chords between virtual axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Urban Transportation Development Corporation
    Inventor: Roy E. Smith
  • Patent number: 4801228
    Abstract: A device for securely restraining cargo during transport, comprising a generally planar platform member supported in spaced relation from an underlying floor, and having an upper load bearing surface for receiving a cargo load thereupon, and an upright member being adjoined to one end of said platform member for effecting restraining contact with the adjacent side of the load seated on said platform member; said upright member including a generally planar member facing said load which is provided with a plurality of vertically spaced horizontal parallel slots therethrough, whereby straps may be passed beneath said platform member and then about the load seated thereupon and securely fastened in contact with said load by being passed through a horizontal slot at said upright member in accordance with the height of the said load seated on said platform member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: N P Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: James J. Van Gompel
  • Patent number: 4799840
    Abstract: A cargo restraining device suitable for restraining barrel-shaped containers or drums is disclosed, which includes a platform, which is spaced from the underlying supporting surface or floor, by horizontal supporting members which extend the length of at least the flat portion of the platform, so as to provide a raised deck for the containers. At one end of the platform, an upright or vertical frame is connected to the supporting members, to prevent the containers from falling off the platform. The other end of the platform can be rounded over to define a snub-nose; or alternatively the other ends of the horizontal supporting members can project beyond the platform (which is otherwise flat) and be rounded into snub-nosed portions. In consequence, should the drums shift or move, whereby damage might ordinarily occur, the chimes or rims of the drums tend to flow around the snub-nose (or snub-noses if defined at the supporting members) without any significant damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: NP Marketing Corporation
    Inventors: James Van Gompel, Jerry A. Hall
  • Patent number: 4798146
    Abstract: A running rail has a double T profile formed by two chords connected with a web. Grooves extend parallel to the web, in the inner sides of both chords. On a lower end, the suspension arm has a suspension plate with an upper edge that engages into the groove in the upper chord. A securing claw is provided that engages the lower groove with one end, and engages the side of the suspension plate remote from the web, with the other end. At the upper end of the suspension arm is a roof flange which is horizontally adjustably connected by using a nut and bolt cooperating with a bush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Cleveland Tramrail International S.A.
    Inventor: Hartmut Roetzel
  • Patent number: 4798149
    Abstract: A wheel lock assembly for reversibly rotatably mounting a wheel assembly which comprises an inner race and an outer race and bearings disposed therebetween on a trolley which includes a central bore having a central axis and having a substantially annular recess eccentric relative to the central bore. The wheel lock assembly includes an axle member, the axle member including a cylindrical body portion having a longitudinal axis and an enlarged substantially annular head portion eccentric relative to the longitudinal axis. The wheel lock assembly further includes a cap member and locking screw for fastening the cap member to an end of the body portion of the axle member to draw the cap member into frictional engagement with the inner face and to draw the head portion of the axle member into mating engagement with the recess of the trolley arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Florkey's Conveyor Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank F. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 4798147
    Abstract: A driverless vehicle having swivel-mounted support wheels which ride on track rails and at least first and second drive wheels adapted for frictional contact with a drive tube. The drive wheels are interconnected by a linkage permitting limited independent movement of the drive wheels through a track curve, and they are maintained in substantially synchronous angular orientations relative to the drive tube by means of a stationary cam and a follower mounted on one of the drive wheels or by means of a linkage interconnecting one of the support wheels with one of the drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: SI Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. Pyle, Per E. Lindovist
  • Patent number: 4794862
    Abstract: A track leveling and ballast tamping machine comprises a standard vehicle capable of being coupled to a train, two undercarriages supporting the frame for movement in an operating direction along a track and a drive for moving the frame along the track. A ballast tamping unit is connected to the frame between the undercarriages and a track lifting unit is connected to the frame between the undercarriages ahead of the ballast tamping unit in the operating direction, a track leveling reference system controlling the lifting of the track by the track lifting unit. A ballast receiving and storage container is mounted on the frame ahead of the ballast tamping and track lifting units in a forward portion thereof, the container having adjustable outlet ports for distributing ballast in respective ones of the cribs, and a ballast conveyor is arranged on the frame for conveying ballast to the ballast receiving and storage container in the forward portion of the frame, in the operating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4795093
    Abstract: A traction/sanding device for a wheeled vehicle provides a traction strip attached at one narrow edge to an inflated, breakable container filled with an abrasive substance. The traction strip defines a package wrapping container which protects the container prior to use, preferably in the form of a cardboard box which is unfolded to extend the traction strip. In use, the strip is placed at the intersection of the tire and the road surface, gripper tabs towards the tire. Tire movement, even if spinning, draws the strip under the tire, pulling the container underneath until the weight of the vehicle breaks the container, spilling the abrasive substance on the ground to give an area of improved traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Edward D. Kozelnicky
  • Patent number: 4793577
    Abstract: The position of an event, such as emergency braking, of a railroad vehicle enroute on a track mapped on a chart is accurately recorded by continually sensing the degree and direction of track curvature, and recording the track curvature and event data for later display. Speed is also recorded as a function of time to provide a scale as an aid to interpolation of a recorded event position between recorded curves. The event position thus recorded and identified by nearby curves in the track is accurate to within a small fraction of a mile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventors: Robert J. Austill, Joseph M. Lambert
  • Patent number: 4792269
    Abstract: Container securing device that permits containers of any length to be carried by an integral or intermodal train including the feature of a container spanning the connection of two adjacent cores. The device is implemented in a two-part structure of an upper and a lower member. The lower member is adapted for fastening at any point along the car deck. The upper member has a pair of spaced corner members for receiving two corners of a container. An interconnecting means is arranged to connect the upper and lower members so that the upper member swivels with respect to the lower member and the car deck when the train rounds a curb and further provides for a longitudinal force dampening effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas H. Engle
  • Patent number: 4790248
    Abstract: A dual coupling (1) comprises two elastic and articulated couplings (2 and 2a) interconnected by a hollow, intermediate shaft (3). Each one of the couplings (2,2a) contain an outer half (4,4a) with a hub (5,5a) from which extend several arms (6). Between them sit more arms (6a) of the intermediate shaft (3). With its arms (6a), the intermediate shaft represents the inner halves of the couplings (2,2a). The ends of the interacting arms (6 and 6a) are interconnected by rubber-elastic connecting rods (7) so that two rows (8) of arms are provided on bolts (10) to the left and right of the arms (6 and 6a) forming a joint plane. Therefore, two joint planes are present. While the connecting rods are connected to the bolts (10) in form closing fashion, the bolts are fixed or articulated in the arms (6 and 6a). One hub ( 5) is connected to a solid axle (15) and the other hub (5a) to a hollow shaft (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Assignee: Thyssen Industrie AG
    Inventors: Ernst Piepenbreier, Josef Trost
  • Patent number: RE32894
    Abstract: A railway tie plate has at least one rib to locate a railway rail and two arches under which parts of rail clips can be driven parallel to the rib. It can be made by deformation of a conventional tie plate designed for use with fastening devices for holding the rail on to the tie plate other than rail clips which are driven parallel to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Pandrol Limited
    Inventor: Nelson A. Gragnami