Abstract: A module transportation system where modules are transported from a movable carrier frame to a carriage such as a flatbed portion of a train while in motion. The system comprises a support structure and a carrier frame adapted to be attached thereto. The carrier frame can transfer modules to and from the moving train.
Abstract: Elevated train comprised of one or more wagons (1) that move suspended from a rail (2) or the like. This rail is provided at the train stops with at least two transverse gaps that determine a segment (5) from which said train is suspended, with this segment in turn suspended from elevation device (7) that allow its displacement in a vertical sense together with said train between an upper position for circulation and a bottom one in which it rests on or is next to the ground.
Abstract: An improved expansion gap designed to permit expansion tolerances between consecutive rail end sections which is comprised of corresponding oblique end cuts for the stock rail head with the combination of conventional squared-end cuts for both the web portion and the stock rail foot of the adjacent rail section ends; having connecting and fastening means so arranged as to produce a no-gap resultant effect, therefore achieving a continuous and uninterrupted surface on the rail end sections to provide for the smooth transfer of the wheels of railway vehicles across these rail end sections, while allowing for expansion tolerances yet able to greatly reduce/overcome the impact and pounding of the rolling wheels. The practical angles of obliqueness for the stock rail head being between 10 degrees to 60 degrees and a 30-degree of obliqueness is considered very suitable.
Abstract: A conveyor having an electrified carrier track supporting wheeled, self-propelled carriers, in which each carrier is provided with power-driven, vertically movable load carrying structure operable to pickup a load from or deposit a load on a supporting surface located beneath the carrier track. Each carrier has load position sensors and a programmable controller that enable the pickup and depositing operations to be performed automatically for loads, such as newsprint rolls, of different dimension.
Abstract: Disclosed is a self-propelled suspension monorail vehicle carried on top of a nonstop train. At depots the monorail vehicle attaches itself to a suspended monorail by way of an attachable drive mechanism.Passengers leaving the nonstop train have access to the monorail vehicle by way of a stairway that extends through a magnetic collar that connects the bottom of the monorail vehicle to the top of the nonstop train. Horizontal sliding doors seal the bottom of the monorail vehicle and the top of the nonstop train during a separation or retrieving maneuver.
Abstract: An apparatus for aligning and loading inserts for soil erosion prevention blocks having a rollable main frame with an insert holder frame movably coupled thereto. Secured within the insert holder frame is an aligning frame which receives the inserts and aligns them in the desired manner. The inserts are supported within the insert holder frame by a plurality of hooks affixed to movable rods, such rods preferably tied together such that the rods may be moved simultaneously, causing the hooks to release the inserts uniformly.
Abstract: The present invention is directed to an overhead travelling crane for lifting and transporting a heavy load over an obstacle including a carriage with front and rear wheels mounted on independent axles for movement along respective rails. The rails engaged by the rear wheels are horizontal while those engaged by the front wheels each have a first section sloping upwardly from a starting point at one side of the obstacle, a central horizontal section extending over the obstacle and a final downwardly-sloping section. In use, a load is engaged with a support member adjacent the front end of the carriage and the carriage is driven along the rails to transport the load, the load being raised as the front wheels climb the first sections of their rails and being lowered as the front wheels descend the final sections.
Abstract: A monorail type vehicle which is particularly suited for high speed travel on a street or at various locations above a street. The vehicle comprises a motor driven tandem wheel carriage engaging an overhead monorail and a gondola suspended from the carriage by means of an elongated boom having one end pivotally and hydraulically connected to the carriage and having a free end mounting a series of hydraulic cylinders and links operatively connected to the rear of the gondola for raising and lowering the gondola as desired.
Abstract: A concrete surfacing machine has a carriage mounting a concrete surfacing means, such as a rotary cutter, between front and rear wheels of the carriage which are independently adjustable in both the lengthwise and vertical directions of the carriage to accommodate surfacing of both flat and curved concrete surfaces and to effect both vertical adjustment and leveling of the surfacing means. The machine is equipped with a winch for propelling the carriage upwardly along an inclined surface and braking the carrriage during downward movement along such a surface and with a novel trolley suspension arrangement for restraining the carriage laterally on a surface which slopes laterally of the carriage.
Abstract: An apparatus for evacuating passengers from a passenger-carrying cabin having a floor suspended above the ground comprises upper and lower plates engageable over the upper and lower sides of a vertical hole through the floor. These plates are both secured tightly in place on the respective sides of the floor in a normal position and are released in an emergency position, with the lower plate dropping away from the car. A tubular life-saving chute is secured to the floor between the sides in the hole and is folded up between the plates in the normal position, but extends from the floor toward the ground in the emergency position to allow persons to be saved to slide down through this chute. A linkage normally rigidly interconnects the two plates together, but is operated in case of fire or the like to disconnect them.
Abstract: A carriage has pulleys adjacent opposite ends thereof for riding on a pair of line cables which have obstructions thereon, such as hangers and spacers. The carriage has brakes associated therewith for engaging the line cables. These brakes are such that they permit the carriage to move in one direction but automatically grip the line cables when the carriage moves in the opposite direction. These brakes are releasable to allow the carriage to be moved in either direction. Lifting apparatus is provided for each end of the carriage in the form of hooks that can be placed on the line cables and lifter lines extending between the hooks and the carriage. The lifter cables are connected to a foot pedal in the carriage which can be manipulated to transfer the weight of the adjacent end of the carriage through the hooks to the line cables thereby allowing the pulleys at that end of the carriage to be lifted off the line cables and shifted around an obstruction thereon.
Abstract: A rail car transporting and shipping system including a shipping floor having an edge, a plurality of elongated pits within the shipping floor and aligned in side-by-side relation and further having open ends at said edge, first railroad rails in each of the pits extending to the edge and adapted to receive a rail car, and a traveling crane movable in a path adjacent the edge and the pit ends. An elongated carriage is mounted on the traveling crane for vertical movement with respect thereto and second railroad rails are disposed on the carriage alignable with the first rails in each of the pits when the carriage is in a lowered position. A hoist is provided for raising and lowering the carriage on the traveling crane and a coupler structure is mounted on the carriage for movement in a direction parallel to the second rails.
Abstract: This invention is a continuation of my system for vertical transfer of containers to and from moving vehicles wherein the improvement comprises the simplification of the double-dip overhead track for containers or container carriers by elimination of some or all of the dip switches and controls therefore, the track having transfer dips and rises spaced apart and at different gage or elevation with rails for front wheels on container or carrier out of phase with rails for the rear wheels in spaced relation so that containers or container carriers have wheels at one end to run on outer rails and wheel or wheels at other end to run on inner, narrower gage, or upper rails substantially maintaining the container or carrier level on the dips and rises of the overhead track. This invention includes wheel arrangements for container or container carrier for these tracks.
Abstract: Mechanism for removing containerized freight from a beached watercraft and ransporting same to a waiting tractor-trailer located on firm terrain. The mechanism is designed to transport heavy freight containers across muddy or loose sandy terrain without allowing the containers to sink or otherwise become bogged down in the terrain. Principal application is in military battlefield operations wherein it might sometimes be required to deliver containerized freight from large ships dispersed offshore to overland transport vehicals without the aid or necessity of sophisticated cranes and dock facilities.
July 11, 1975
Date of Patent:
September 20, 1977
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army