Way Suspension Patents (Class 104/123)
  • Patent number: 9441329
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MAIN ATTRACTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Thomas Quattlebaum
  • Patent number: 9139206
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MAIN ATTRACTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Thomas Quattlebaum
  • Patent number: 8863668
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Eco Adventure Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon T. Quattlebaum
  • Publication number: 20140290524
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Gordon Thomas QUATTLEBAUM
  • Publication number: 20130042784
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: ECO Adventure Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon T. Quattlebaum
  • Patent number: 8171857
    Abstract: An installation for carrying individuals down from a mountain station into a valley station has a running rail which is fastened on a supporting cable at a distance from the ground. The running rail contains a multiplicity of sub-rails connected to one another at joints and along which carriages can be displaced. In the region of the joints, the sub-rails are elevated in relation to their central region, and are preferably curved such that their curvature profile creates the elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Bischofberger
  • Patent number: 7882788
    Abstract: The present invention provide a rail system for transporting spherical objects comprising: a first flexible rail; a second flexible rail; a flexible spine; and a connector attached to said first flexible rail, said second flexible rail, and said flexible spine. The connector allows for the track to be easily adjusted, while providing rigidity to hold the flexible rails and spline into position during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Carl Sorenson
  • Publication number: 20090293757
    Abstract: An installation for carrying individuals down from a mountain station into a valley station has a running rail which is fastened on a supporting cable at a distance from the ground. The running rail contains a multiplicity of sub-rails connected to one another at joints and along which carriages can be displaced. In the region of the joints, the sub-rails are elevated in relation to their central region, and are preferably curved such that their curvature profile creates the elevation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: INNOVA PATENT GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Bischofberger
  • Patent number: 7552685
    Abstract: A trolley travels in response to rotation of a winch along a main cable of a suspension bridge having a tower and support cables extending along and substantially parallel to the main cable. The trolley includes a support assembly engaged with the support cables, first and second enclosures suspended from the support assembly, each enclosure located at a laterally opposite side of the main cable, and a tugger cable engaged with the winch and connected to the support assembly for pulling the enclosures along the main cable toward the tower and/or allowing the enclosures to move along the main cable away from the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Easy Access Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Emanouel Frangos, Scott Silberman
  • Patent number: 7497168
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Howard Andreasen
  • Publication number: 20080011183
    Abstract: The present invention is of a cable way comprising a beam with a fixed support structure to which a circular or an arc-shaped track is attached. A track cart, to which one end of a carrying cable is connected, is movably assembled onto the track. The principles of the invention include that the ends of the carrying cables may move in any direction, provided the distance between the two cable end attachment points and thus the cable tension remains unchanged. By moving the track carts the gradient and position of the carrying cable can be altered individually and controlled in the horizontal as well as vertical direction in order to efficiently increase the use of space and reach of a cable way. In particular, loads, which move on the carrying cables by force of gravity, can be influenced in both direction and path of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Patrick Fischer
  • Patent number: 7066094
    Abstract: A supporting framework for a craneway for at least one crane which travels on at least one track, especially for a bridge crane which travels on two tracks, includes a track carrier elongated in a track direction and having at least one carrier section of reinforced concrete, preferably of prestressed concrete. A system of pillars includes reinforced concrete pillars, whose upper ends in each case support the carrier sections via a top component and whose lower ends are in each case anchored in the soil via a base component. An adjustable bearing in the area of the top component and/or of the base component in at least some of the pillars allows adjusting the track carrier according to the desired course of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Janis Moutsokapas, Helge-Eckehard Tempel
  • Patent number: 6945839
    Abstract: A runway over which can travel vehicles driven by gravity, comprising a supporting structure and a track line structure sustained by the supporting structure and extending from a upper start region to a lower arrival region, wherein the supporting structure is limited to a central region of the runway by forming a pillar, and the track line structure includes some track line sections directly connected to the supporting structure and several overhanging track line sections of large extent, which project out of the supporting structure and are sustained by the same by means of rigging systems whose extension can be regulated; these rigging systems establish the geometrical location of the overhanging track line sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Alessandro Quercetti
  • Patent number: 6925941
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Domingo Bengoa Saez De Cortazar
  • Publication number: 20040244634
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses is disclosed. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Hans Wettstein, Per Aasheim, Ben Lamoreaux
  • Patent number: 6655641
    Abstract: A suspended supporting system for supporting a substantially rigid linear structure (2) such as a pipeline, a tramway, a walkway bridge, a transportation gallery, an underwater tunnel, etc. placed above the ground/seabed/riverbed, the system including: apparatus (1) attached to the linear structure, pulling the linear structure upward, generating upward vertical force of magnitude great enough for carrying downward vertical loads and lateral loads applied to the linear structure; and at least two guy ropes (5) placed at an angle with each other, upper ends of which are attached to the linear structure and lower ends of which are attached to a footing structure (7) placed on or anchored in the ground/seabed/riverbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Yury Sherman, Mark Yankelevich
  • Patent number: 6606954
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses is disclosed. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Lamoreaux, Hans Wettstein, Per Aasheim, Andre O. Pugin
  • Patent number: 6571716
    Abstract: Persons can be carried downhill from a mountain station to a valley station. A guide rail is fastened on a supporting cable at a distance above the ground. The guide rail is formed of a multiplicity of sub-rails and carriages with a chair, a cabin, or the like can be displaced along the rail. The sub-rails are connected to one another such that they can be displaced in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Albrich
  • Patent number: 6324990
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses is disclosed. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Hans Wettstein, Per Aasheim
  • Publication number: 20010039900
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses is disclosed. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Applicant: BRACEWELL & PATTERSON, L.L.P.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Hans Wettstein, Per Aasheim
  • Patent number: 6311926
    Abstract: A spacecraft may be launched into outer space around the earth by magnetically suspending a sky tube having an inlet on earth and an outlet at altitude. The sky tube is evacuated, and the spacecraft is propelled therethrough to achieve escape velocity for reaching outer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: James R. Powell, George Maise
  • Patent number: 6302030
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Ben Lamoreaux
  • Patent number: 6272999
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary able system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Ben Lamoreaux, Per Aasheim
  • Patent number: 6167812
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Aerobus International Inc.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Ben Lamoreaux, Per Aasheim
  • Patent number: 6070533
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Hans Wettstein, Per Aasheim
  • Patent number: 6065405
    Abstract: An improved cableway system for providing a track over which a vehicle traverses is provided. The improved system includes a catenary cable system and a pair of track cable systems. The track cable systems are hung from the catenary cable system and support tracks over which a vehicle traverses. A plurality of hangers is employed to suspend the track cable systems from the catenary cable system. A plurality of pylons support the catenary and track cable systems. A pylon includes a base pylon, a lower saddle, and an upper saddle. The lower saddle is pivotally mounted to the base pylon and supports the track cable systems. Preferred embodiments of the lower saddle include apparatuses that dampen the application of loads to the pylon by the vehicle traversing the system. The upper saddle is supported by the base pylon and supports the catenary cable system while providing for deflection of the catenary cable system in response to forces applied to the cableway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre O. Pugin, Ben Lamoreaux
  • Patent number: 5720225
    Abstract: An improved cableway system includes a base pylon; a lower saddle mounted to the base pylon from which a track cable may be strung; and an upper saddle from which a catenary cable may be strung, the upper saddle movably mounted to the base pylon to articulate in response to the weight of a vehicle traversing the track cable. The lower saddle is a linkage pivotally mounted to the base pylon beneath the first saddle to accommodate the articulation of the upright and distribute the weight of the vehicle across a portion of the track cable. The hanger for suspending a track cable from a catenary cable includes a hanger member suspended from the catenary cable by one end thereof; a cross-tie pivotably mounted to the hanger member at the end distal to the catenary cable; a track cable guide affixed to the cross-tie; and a power rail guide mounted to one of the suspended member and the cross-tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Aerobus International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andre Oscar Pugin
  • Patent number: 5655457
    Abstract: A system of suspended supports for aerial transportation like ski lifts, tramways, freight ropeways, and high voltage electricity lines, has a main carrying element which is a long-span cable along the route, and which is suspended at its ends. A plurality of spaced supports for the aerial means are hung from the cable. Each support has a rigid element carrying the carrying cable and guy ropes, one end of which is attached to the rigid element and another end which is anchored in the ground. The guy ropes carry horizontal and upward vertical loads, and torques applied to the rigid element and fix a position of the rigid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventors: Yury Sherman, Mark Yankelevich
  • Patent number: 5370308
    Abstract: A modular support structure for scale-model railroad tracks utilizes a plurality of planks, a plurality of suspension members for suspending at least some of said planks from an architectural structure, and a plurality of rails interconnecting said planks. The rails and planks define a modular support structure suitable for supporting a scale-model railroad track. The modular support structure is easily installed with a minimum of labor. The modular support structure optionally utilizes a plurality of support members for supporting at least some of said planks above a surface, such as soil, stone, concrete, floors, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: Joseph E. Black
  • Patent number: 4953468
    Abstract: The towers (12, 14) of an aerial cable (16) transport installation lean towards one another to reduce their height. Guying cables (48) hold the towers (12, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Pomagalski S.A.
    Inventor: Denis Creissels
  • Patent number: 4882999
    Abstract: In a transportation system of a floated-carrier type, a carrier is suspended from a guide rail, in a non-contact manner, and is propelled along the guide rail. The transportation system includes a plurality of track units, each having the ferromagnetic guide rail, an electrical wire, and a pair of connectors provided to both ends of the electrical wire. Each track unit comprises minimum and necessary elements required for traveling the carrier. When a connector of one track unit and that of the other track unit are connected, connection of electrical wires necessary for this system is completed. For this reason, an operation for mounting the electrical wires in the track can be omitted, and installation of the track can be facilitated. Furthermore, when the travel path of the carrier is to be modified, a combination of track units can be freely changed, thus realizing various travel paths of the carrier. For this reason, the travel path can be easily modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Teruo Azukizawa, Mimpei Morishita, Toyohiko Yokoyama, Shigeo Takaki, Yoshio Yuyama, Akitaka Noda
  • Patent number: 4843972
    Abstract: A traveling service unit for an associated textile spinning mill machine may be elevationally adjusted with respect to a reference rail mounted longitudinally along the machine by a feeler guide element pivotably mounted to the service unit in following engagement to the reference guide rail in conjunction with an operatively associated controller connected with vertically adjustable roller support assemblies of the service unit 1 for varying the elevation of the service unit 1 as necessary to compensate for deviations in the pivotal disposition of the feeler guide element with respect to horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Kabilka, Otto Weich, Herbert Grassle, Hans-Peter Weeger
  • Patent number: 4211171
    Abstract: A suspended railway has a fixed tower spaced horizontally from a fixed station. A suspension cable is slung between this tower and the station and a plurality of horizontally spaced upright hangers depending from this cable support a suspended section of a horizontally extending track also having a fixed section secured in the station. As a car travels along the track it vertically deflects the track from an upper unloaded position to a lower loaded position. A substantially rigid guide beam projects from the station between the track and the cable toward the tower and has a lower guide surface bearing downwardly on the track in the unloaded position thereof. Thus as the car approaches the fixed section of the track at the station the suspended section is pulled downwardly away from the guide beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1980
    Inventors: Rudolf Baltensperger, Hans B. Pfister
  • Patent number: 4208969
    Abstract: A suspended rail assembly, especially for monorail vehicles, comprises a plurality of support masts bridged by a suspension cable from which a rail is supported by suspenders. In an unloaded state, an upward bow is imparted to the rail and each mast is provided with a beam elastically mounted therein and pivotal about a horizontal axis perpendicular to the rail for rounding out the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Inventors: Rudolf Baltensperger, Hans B. Pfister
  • Patent number: 4101019
    Abstract: An aerial conveyor system comprises a pair of spaced apart cables extending from a first vehicle including material delivery apparatus across a material receiving zone, across an open area, and across a material discharge zone to a second vehicle. The cables support a plurality of conveyor support frames each comprising a pair of tubular members extending substantially parallel to the cables, a plurality of hook rollers for supporting the tubular members on the cables, and a plurality of transversely disposed conveyor support rollers. An endless conveyor belt is mounted for movement around a course defined by the conveyor support rollers of the conveyor support frames and functions to transport material received from the delivery apparatus of the first vehicle in the receiving zone across the open area to the discharge zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1978
    Inventor: Charles R. Satterwhite
  • Patent number: 4069765
    Abstract: To prevent longitudinal displacement of the support or catenary cable and the load carrying, tensioned cable of the suspension system, the spacers or hangers between the catenary or support cable and the carrier cable, as well as the suspension and tension of these cables, are so arranged that, in side view, the two cables touch each other at the midpoint between the pylon to provide for equalization of tension in the cables. At that position, a tension or force equalization plate is clamped to both the support cable as well as to the carrier cable, thereby preventing relative longitudinal displacement of the cables with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Gerhard Muller
  • Patent number: 4055316
    Abstract: Method and equipment to aerially transport loads between two sites. A winch is provided at each site and a load carrying balloon is coupled by cables to each winch. Auxiliary balloons are provided to maintain the cables at a height above objects in the line of travel of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Inventors: John Lester Chipper, Donald Bruce Owner
  • Patent number: 3930451
    Abstract: A roadway for rapid transit railways comprises concrete or reinforced concrete piers supporting an all steel support or suspension structure for the support and/or suspension as well as guiding of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1973
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1976
    Assignee: Michael Simon
    Inventors: Werner Huebner, Michael Simon, Peter Wagner