Patents by Inventor Harold E. Hesch

Harold E. Hesch has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5511491
    Abstract: An improved automobile transport railway car that is constructed from noncorroding materials adjacent to load carrying areas and that is enclosed by doors on both ends of the car. In the case of the articulated cars, a bellows assembly encloses and spans the ends of adjacent units. The car may be provided with two or more decks and has walls and a roof preferably constructed from nested, pultruded sections that are light in weight and are non-corrodible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Albert A. Beers, Stephen W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5407309
    Abstract: An improved articulated railway spine car unit for carrying highway truck trailers and/or containers has a center sill which extends substantially the entire length of the car unit. The center sill has end portions with upper surfaces depressed with respect to the upper surface of a longitudinally extended center portion. A retractable fifth wheel or trailer hitch is located on the upper surface of at least one end portion of the center sill. The upper surface of the trailer hitch, when retracted onto the center sill, is at substantially the same level as the center portion of the center sill. The raised center sill center portion both provides backup support for the floors of containers carried on the car unit, and also increases the center sill's structural rigidity and resistance to bending deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Albert A. Beers
  • Patent number: 5392717
    Abstract: An improved automobile transport railway car that is constructed from noncorroding materials adjacent to load carrying areas and that is enclosed by doors on both ends of the car. In the case of the articulated cars, a bellows assembly encloses and spans the ends of adjacent units. The car may be provided with two or more decks and has walls and a roof preferably constructed from nested, pultruded sections that are light in weight and are non-corrodible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Albert A. Beers, Stephen W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5320046
    Abstract: The present invention provides a railway car for hauling stacked containers. The railway car comprises a coupler and draft assembly having a vertical dimension that is substantially reduced over conventional railway car systems. The reduced height of the coupler and draft assembly allow three tiers of containers to be stacked on the railway car without exceeding A.A.R. height requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 5246321
    Abstract: An improved articulated railway spine car unit for carrying highway truck trailers and/or containers has a center sill which extends substantially the entire length of the car unit. The center sill has end portions with upper surfaces depressed with respect to the upper surface of a longitudinally extended center portion. A retractable fifth wheel or trailer hitch is located on the upper surface of at least one end portion of the center sill. The upper surface of the trailer hitch, when retracted onto the center sill, is at substantially the same level as the center portion of the center sill. The raised center sill center portion both provides backup support for the floors of containers carried on the car unit, and also increases the center sill's structural rigidity and resistance to bending deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 5161469
    Abstract: A container floor restraint for a freight rail car is provided. The car has a longitudinally extending center sill and a plurality of cross beams extending transversely thereof. The car further has a load supporting assembly at one end and a load supporting deck at the other. The container floor restraint includes a first pair of arms extending generally outwardly and perpendicularly from the center sill at a predetermined distance from the load supporting assembly, each arm being substantially opposed to one another. A second pair of arms extend generally outwardly and perpendicularly from the center sill spaced apart from the first pair of arms. The arms have outer ends extending substantially equidistantly from the center sill and are attached to first and second brace members. The brace members extend longitudinally alongside and generally parallel to the center sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 5140912
    Abstract: A rail car end assembly comprises upper and lower tracks for guiding and stabilizing multi-panel rigid doors moving between open and closed positions. End posts are located inside the car and spaced inwardly from respective side wall end portions. The door pass between the space between the end posts and the side wall end portions when moved into the open position. A latch arrangement is provided which latches the door in the open and closed positions. The latch arrangement includes a lower pin engaging a keeper adjacent the lower track, and an upper pin engaging a keeper supported on an elevated platform in the car. The pins are joined by a cable for synchronous movement to lock and to release the doors. Each door has a follower engaging the upper track for guiding the door. In the closed position, the follower engages a stop on the track which reinforces the upper portion of the door against outward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 5090331
    Abstract: A railway car comprising a longitudinal center sill and floor members carried at opposite sides of the sill, and first locking devices mounted on a cross-bearer connected to the center sill and a second set of locking devices mounted on a second cross-bearer and a third set of locking devices movable through the deck and foldable thereunder, the second set of devices pivotal longitudinally of the car between retracted and operative positions, and the third set of the locking devices pivotal transversely of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Phillip G. Przybylinski
  • Patent number: 5052868
    Abstract: A railway car comprising a longitudinal center sill and floor members carried at opposite sides of the sill, and first locking devices mounted on a cross-bearer connected to the center sill and a second set of locking devices mounted on a second cross-bearer and a third set of locking devices movable through the deck and foldable thereunder, the second set of devices pivotal longitudinally of the car between retracted and operative positions, and the third set of the locking devices pivotal transversally of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Phillip G. Przybylinski
  • Patent number: 5010825
    Abstract: A rail car end assembly comprises upper and lower tracks for guiding and stabilizing multi-panel doors moving between open and closed positions. End posts are located inside the car and spaced inwardly from respective side wall end portions. The doors pass between the space between the end posts and the side wall end portion when moved into the open position. A latch arrangement is provided which latches the door in the open and closed positions. The latch arrangement includes a lower pin engaging a keeper adjacent the lower track, and an upper pin engaging a keeper supported on an elevated platform in the car. The pins are joined by a cable for synchronous movement to lock and to release the doors. Each door has a follower engaging the upper track for guiding the door. In the closed position, the follower engaging a stop on the track which reinforces the upper portion of the door against outward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 4944234
    Abstract: A rail car end assembly comprises upper and lower tracks for guiding and stabilizing mutli-panel rigid doors moving between open and closed positions. End posts are located inside the car and spaced inwardly from respective side wall end portions. The doors pass between the space between the end posts and the side wall end portion when moved into the open position. A latch arrangement is provided which latches the door in the open and closed positions. The latch arrangement includes a lower pin engaging a keeper adjacent the lower track, and an upper pin engaging a keeper supported on an elevated platform in the car. The pins are joined by a cable for synchronous movement to lock and to release the doors. Each door has a follower engaging the upper track for guiding the door. In the closed position, the follower engages a stop on the track which reinforces the upper portion of the door against outward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch
  • Patent number: 4917019
    Abstract: A railway car comprises a center sill with a crossbearer, webs and end bolsters extending across thereof. A light side stiffener interconnects the projecting ends of said webs and spans between the bolster and the crossbearer. A shear plate covers a trapezoidal end frame extending from the bolster. The frame includes inclined braces buttressing a pair of cantilivered brackets projecting toward and horizontally overlapping similar brackets of the adjacent car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Phillip G. Przybylinski, Robert P. Sellberg
  • Patent number: 4864938
    Abstract: A railway car comprises a center sill with a crossbearer, webs and end bolsters extending across thereof. A light side stiffener interconnects the projecting ends of said webs and spans between the bolster and the crossbearer. A shear plate covers a trapezoidal end frame extending from the bolster. The frame includes inclined braces buttressing a pair of cantilevered brackets projecting toward and horizontally overlapping similar brackets of the adjacent car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Phillip G. Przybylinski, Robert P. Sellberg
  • Patent number: 4626154
    Abstract: A trailer hitch for securing trailers to a platform or deck of a railway flat car comprises an upright pedestal pivotally connected so that it and a fifth wheel plate can be attached to the kingpin of a trailer. The hitch includes a diagonal assembly pivotally connected to the pedestal and being rockable therewith. The diagonal assembly comprises diagonally extending outer thrust members and a central thrust member. A pair of laterally spaced upright support plates are rigidly connectd to the platform or deck. The outer thrust members support in spaced relation a plurality of resilient members on their inner surfaces. The resilient members are also connected to the support plates. Other similar resilient members are connected to the inner surfaces of the upright support plates and these are also connected to the central thrust member thereby providing a completely cushioned trailer hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Pullman Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Michael W. Diluigi
  • Patent number: 4573843
    Abstract: Pivot mounts for enabling pivotal attachment of support struts of a fifth wheel hitch assembly to the deck of a raiway car are provided with a fabricated inverted U shaped torque box or beam fixed transversely between upright pivot mount plates of the center sill mounted hitch on the railway car for structural strength and rigidity. Due to the torque box the mount is sufficiently rigid to preclude the need to attach the pivot mount to the inside of the box sill of a railway car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Pullman Standard
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, George S. McNally
  • Patent number: 4557647
    Abstract: A rear pivot mount assembly for a fifth wheel hitch assembly for railway cars has a multiplanar support beam which coacts with a transverse support plate to tie together and rigidify the components of the pivot mount. The multiplanar support beam and transverse support plate affectively transfer loads imposed upon a pivotal connection to the outside of a center sill which provides the longitudinal and load bearing support for the railway car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: Pullman Standard Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Phillip G. Przybylinski
  • Patent number: 4215515
    Abstract: An operating rod assembly for use with a sliding plug door of a railway freight car. The operating rod extends vertically and it is connected with a manually actuated mechanism. Both the upper and lower ends of the operating rod are connected with adapter rods of each door crank member which move the plug door into and from the door opening. At both the upper and lower ends of the operating rod there is a telescoping connection between the operating rod and the associated crank. The telescoping connection is secured by a fastener which interconnects the operating rod to each crank attached adapter rod. When the door is in the locked position the fastener is in a captured position adjacent the door to prevent disassembly or accidental separation of the rod members during transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1980
    Assignee: Pullman Incorporated
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Harold A. Wold, Leonard F. LeMaire
  • Patent number: 4098022
    Abstract: A plug type of railway car door includes vertical edge beams of tubular construction connected by corrugated panel means. The beams are of a construction reacting with the door parts to effectively center the door within its opening and seal the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1978
    Assignee: Pullman Incorporated
    Inventor: Harold E. Hesch