Crossings Patents (Class 104/141)
  • Patent number: 8371227
    Abstract: A ride system with crossing ride paths. A first omnimover assembly is provided that includes a continuous vehicle chain movable along a first ride path and includes vehicles vertically supported above the track at a first height. A second omnimover assembly is provided with a continuous vehicle chain movable along a second ride path that differs from the first ride path and crosses over the first ride path when viewed in plan view. The second omnimover assembly includes vehicles vertically supported below the upper vehicle track at a second height, which may be the same as the first height such that passengers perceive a risk of a collision at the path intersections. The upper track is at a higher elevation than the lower track such that cross overs occur without interference. A synchronization mechanism is provided that synchronizes the movement of the upper and lower vehicle chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nemeth, David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4393786
    Abstract: A track crossing for a carriage of a two track suspension railroad arranged in a box girder has, on both sides of a slot provided in the lower flange of the box girder, running surfaces for support wheels, and at the sidewalls of the box girder, current rails and parallel guide surfaces for lateral guide rollers. For bridging and unused track two slewable support members with lateral guide surfaces and, optionally, running surfaces for the support wheels are provided. Current rails are arranged on at least one of the support members. The support members can be swung into depressions of the fixed sidewalls of the box girder of the one or the other track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hans J. Dull, Adolf Hillmer
  • Patent number: 4041876
    Abstract: In a vehicle guidance system, a circular-section guidance rail is embraced y a detector on a vehicle. At a fork, where the rail progressively broadens prior to dividing, the rail height is reduced so that a detector, when tilted to select one branch of the fork, has its lowered side between the rail and a side wall of a channel in which the rail is mounted and its raised side riding over the broadened rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1977
    Assignee: Transports-Recherches-Etudes et Groupement d'Interet Economique (Tregie)
    Inventor: Robert Michel