Tie Platers Patents (Class 104/16)
  • Patent number: 9745150
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: B&B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 9428867
    Abstract: A railroad tie plate dispenser includes a feed chute having a top portion for receiving a stack of railroad tie plates and a push tab at a bottom portion of the feed chute for stripping railroad tie plates from the feed chute through an opening in the feed chute to dispense railroad tie plates from a front side of the feed chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kyle Harman
  • Patent number: 9328465
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 9038542
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 9016208
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: B&B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 8910577
    Abstract: A cribbing work head including a work head frame having a longitudinal extent and a lateral extent. At least two inverted U-shaped work arms are mounted parallel to one another on the work head frame and spaced longitudinally from each other for lateral reciprocating movement on the frame, each of the work arms having a replaceable tool secured to each free end of the inverted U-shaped work arm. A separate fluid power double cylinder is secured to the work head frame and to each of the inverted U-shape work arms for independently laterally reciprocating the work arms. A main cylinder of each of said fluid power double cylinders is operable to laterally reciprocatingly move a respective work arm and a secondary cylinder of each of the fluid power double cylinders operable to move a respective work arm to one of two discrete lateral starting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nordco, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Irion, David Paton
  • Publication number: 20140251175
    Abstract: A railroad tie plate dispenser includes a feed chute having a top portion for receiving a stack of railroad tie plates and a push tab at a bottom portion of the feed chute for stripping railroad tie plates from the feed chute through an opening in the feed chute to dispense railroad tie plates from a front side of the feed chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kyle Harman
  • Patent number: 8782874
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for pre-plating railway ties, including switch ties of varying lengths. An infeed deck and singulator feeds individual ties, each provided with identifying indicia, to a pre-scanner. Using the scanned indicia, a control system accesses stored data to determine a preliminary drill pattern. A scanning and drilling station positions, secures and scans the tie. The scan results are combined with the stored data to produce a corrected optimal drill pattern, which is used to drill the tie. The drilled tie moves to a plate and screw loading station, where the proper plates and fasteners are attached. A fourth station inspects the assembled tie. If it is properly assembled, the screw spikes are tightened and the plated tie moves to an outfeed deck, where it is marked for identification and removed for storage and shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: voestalpine Nortrack Inc.
    Inventor: Allen J. Tuningley
  • Patent number: 8534195
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment is directed to a finger for use in a rail plate inserter machine workhead and for positioning a rail plate predisposed on a rail tie under a rail, having a planar body having an upper arm with a hook-shaped end and including an opening for accommodating a spring, the end being configured for being contacted by a bar operatively associated with a finger lift assembly; a lower arm having a depending tip; and a middle portion joining the upper and lower arms to define an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Mark A. Kappel, Daniel Brook
  • Patent number: 8528484
    Abstract: A cleated belt conveyor is positioned atop a frame connected to a hi-rail truck. The cleated belt conveyor is operably connected to a railroad engagement wheel positioned under the frame to coordinate movement of the cleated belt conveyor relative to the railroad engagement wheel. A sliding member can be positioned at the top, or infeed end, of the cleated belt conveyor for receiving railroad tie plates from an infeed conveyor. One or more sets of rollers can be positioned at the bottom of the cleated belt conveyor for distributing the tie plates near a rail in a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: H & H Railroad Contracting, Inc.
    Inventor: Stoney L. Helmick
  • Patent number: 8528483
    Abstract: A constant contact side bearing assembly for a railcar includes a housing having a base, a pair of mounting apertures formed through a thickness of the base, a generally cylindrical housing wall upstanding on the base, a pair of diametrically opposed channels, a pair of diametrically opposed openings and a guide member disposed centrally on and upstanding from an inner surface of the base. A cap is disposed for reciprocal axial movement relative to the housing. An elastomeric spring is disposed within a generally closed chamber formed by a combination of the housing and the cap. A pair of air passages is provided for dissipating heat generated during operation of the constant contact side bearing assembly. Each air passage is defined by a pair of aligned openings formed through a wall portion of the cap. Each opening may be disposed within a pocket provided within the cap wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: WABTEC Holding Corp
    Inventors: Ronald J. Sprainis, Andrew Robitaille, Giuseppe Sammartino, Jonathon Marlow, Pete Gregar, Bradley Anderson
  • Patent number: 8468948
    Abstract: A tie plate handling device for use in connection with removing and replacing railroad tie plates from a track during a rail change-out process. The tie plate handling device provides operator lift assistance and certain embodiments provide for a fully automated lift and movement of railroad tie plates. The tie plate handling device comprises a lifting arm, an engaging unit for securely coupling with a tie plate and a control unit for operating the same. Methods for using the tie plate handling device in conjunction with the rail change-out process are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Doug Delmonico, Fabian Weber
  • Patent number: 8443733
    Abstract: A method for positioning a replacement railroad tie plate along a railroad, comprising the steps of positioning a carrier vehicle on a railroad track, positioning a feed conveyor on the railroad track for movement with the carrier vehicle, moving a sensor assembly in a longitudinal direction of the feed conveyor and relative to a release point a first distance based upon a second distance between two adjacent ties, moving the carrier vehicle and the feed conveyor along the railroad track, detecting an in-service tie plate with the sensor assembly and, actuating a gate assembly upon the detection of the in-service tie plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: B&B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 8365673
    Abstract: A machine for collecting tie plates strewn along a rail bed includes a frame adapted for travel along a railroad in a forward direction. A pickup drum having magnetic properties is rotatably supported by the frame and extends over a bed portion of the railroad. A top drum is mounted at a location that is higher and forward of the pickup drum and rotates parallel to the pickup drum. An endless conveyor circulates around the pickup and top drums, and a separation drum is disposed between the pickup drum and the top drum along an ascending portion of the endless conveyor. The separation drum includes a magnetized rim that can lift ferrous objects but not tie plates from the endless conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Mark Plyler, Andy Loftis, Dennis Grantham, Gary Gibson
  • Publication number: 20120204752
    Abstract: A cleated belt conveyor is positioned atop a frame connected to a hi-rail truck. The cleated belt conveyor is operably connected to a railroad engagement wheel positioned under the frame to coordinate movement of the cleated belt conveyor relative to the railroad engagement wheel. A sliding member can be positioned at the top, or infeed end, of the cleated belt conveyor for receiving railroad tie plates from an infeed conveyor. One or more sets of rollers can be positioned at the bottom of the cleated belt conveyor for distributing the tie plates near a rail in a desired orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: H & H Railroad Contracting, Inc.
    Inventor: Stoney L. HELMICK
  • Publication number: 20120204753
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment is directed to a finger for use in a rail plate inserter machine workhead and for positioning a rail plate predisposed on a rail tie under a rail, having a planar body having an upper arm with a hook-shaped end and including an opening for accommodating a spring, the end being configured for being contacted by a bar operatively associated with a finger lift assembly; a lower arm having a depending tip; and a middle portion joining the upper and lower arms to define an obtuse angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, JR., Mark A. Kappel, Daniel Brook
  • Patent number: 8220397
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a machine having wheels, a placing conveyor secured to the machine and having a distal end with a drop mechanism, a trigger operatively connected to a door in the drop mechanism, and wherein the drop mechanism door is opened over a railroad tie when the trigger contacts an edge of the railroad tie with the machine moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sperling Railway Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred S. Sperling
  • Patent number: 8171855
    Abstract: A workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a rail lifter and configured for movement relative to a railroad track having a pair of rails, the workhead assembly constructed and arranged for positioning a tie plate predisposed on a rail tie, including a workhead body connected to the machine; a centering apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for centering the workhead over the rail tie; a squaring apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for squaring the tie plate on the rail tie; and a pusher assembly on the body for positioning the tie plate under a selected one of the rails being lifted by the rail lifter, and including at least one plate engaging finger constructed and arranged for engaging the tie plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Mark A. Kappel, Daniel Brook
  • Patent number: 8166883
    Abstract: A tie plate slide structure comprises a tie plate slide frame having a first frame member and a second opposed frame member, the first frame member and the second frame member extending substantially parallel from a first upper end to a second lower end, a substantially central support structure extending from the first upper end to the second lower end, the substantially central support disposed between the first frame member and the second frame member, a support assembly having first and second rail wheels depending from a lower side of the tie plate frame, a gate assembly disposed near the lower end of the tie plate slide frame to discharge tie plates slidably moving downwardly along the first and second frame members and the central support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 8132512
    Abstract: First and second conveyors are positioned along opposite sides of a frame positioned about centrally between the first and second conveyors, wherein the first and second conveyors are operably connected to a railroad engagement wheel positioned under the frame to coordinate movement of the first and second conveyors relative to the railroad engagement wheel. The conveyors can be integrated with a hi-rail truck adapted for use with the first and second conveyors and which contains an infeed conveyor for transporting tie plates from the hi-rail truck to the first and second conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: H & H Railroad Contracting, Inc.
    Inventor: Stoney L. Helmick
  • Patent number: 8082852
    Abstract: A machine for automatically orienting railroad tie plates includes a sensing region having at least one optical sensor adapted to sense a physical feature of a tie plate. An electronic controller is connected to the optical sensor and is disposed to receive a sensor signal indicative of the physical feature of the tie plate when the tie plate is in the sensing region. The electronic controller further determines an orientation of the tie plate based on the sensor signal, compares it to one or more predetermined or possible orientations, and provides a command to at least one actuator adapted to perform at least one tie plate orientation operation to change the orientation of the tie plate based on the comparison of the orientation of the plate with the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Mark Plyler, Andy Loftis, John Cook, Dennis Grantham, Michael Adams
  • Publication number: 20110308058
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a machine having wheels, a placing conveyor secured to the machine and having a distal end with a drop mechanism, a trigger operatively connected to a door in the drop mechanism, and wherein the drop mechanism door is opened over a railroad tie when the trigger contacts an edge of the railroad tie with the machine moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: SPERLING RAILWAY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: FRED S. SPERLING
  • Patent number: 8042473
    Abstract: A device for sorting railroad tie plates comprises hopper, singulator and chute assemblies mounted to a main frame capable of rolling movement along a railroad track. The device receives a plurality of tie plates from an upstream supply, e.g., a railroad gondola, and deposits the tie plates on the hopper assembly positioned above the singulator. Upon discharge from the hopper the tie plates are directed onto a central hub for guidance into a rotating track within the housing. The track width is selected so that the field and gage ends transverse the track upon the tie plates falling flat onto the track. Structure projects into the track to tip over the tie plates to a flat position during track rotation. Rotation of the track moves the tie plates towards a baffled opening for discharge from the opening. A chute assembly receives the tie plates and maintains the tie plate orientation for delivery to downstream devices, such as a conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen Philip Buckley, Steven D. Graham, James Spencer Mansheim
  • Publication number: 20110239893
    Abstract: A tie plate handling device for use in connection with removing and replacing railroad tie plates from a track during a rail change-out process. The tie plate handling device provides operator lift assistance and certain embodiments provide for a fully automated lift and movement of railroad tie plates. The tie plate handling device comprises a lifting arm, an engaging unit for securely coupling with a tie plate and a control unit for operating the same. Methods for using the tie plate handling device in conjunction with the rail change-out process are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Doug Delmonico, Fablan Weber
  • Publication number: 20110146527
    Abstract: A machine for automatically orienting railroad tie plates includes a sensing region having at least one optical sensor adapted to sense a physical feature of a tie plate. An electronic controller is connected to the optical sensor and is disposed to receive a sensor signal indicative of the physical feature of the tie plate when the tie plate is in the sensing region. The electronic controller further determines an orientation of the tie plate based on the sensor signal, compares it to one or more predetermined or possible orientations, and provides a command to at least one actuator adapted to perform at least one tie plate orientation operation to change the orientation of the tie plate based on the comparison of the orientation of the plate with the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: PROGRESS RAIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Plyler, Andy Loftis, John Cook, Dennis Grantham, Michael Adams
  • Publication number: 20110113981
    Abstract: A method for positioning a replacement railroad tie plate along a railroad, comprising the steps of positioning a carrier vehicle on a railroad track, positioning a feed conveyor on the railroad track for movement with the carrier vehicle, moving a sensor assembly in a longitudinal direction of the feed conveyor and relative to a release point a first distance based upon a second distance between two adjacent ties, moving the carrier vehicle and the feed conveyor along the railroad track, detecting an in-service tie plate with the sensor assembly and, actuating a gate assembly upon the detection of the in-service tie plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Publication number: 20110100248
    Abstract: A device for sorting railroad tie plates comprises hopper, singulator and chute assemblies mounted to a main frame capable of rolling movement along a railroad track. The device receives a plurality of tie plates from an upstream supply, e.g., a railroad gondola, and deposits the tie plates on the hopper assembly positioned above the singulator. Upon discharge from the hopper the tie plates are directed onto a central hub for guidance into a rotating track within the housing. The track width is selected so that the field and gage ends transverse the track upon the tie plates falling flat onto the track. Structure projects into the track to tip over the tie plates to a flat position during track rotation. Rotation of the track moves the tie plates towards a baffled opening for discharge from the opening. A chute assembly receives the tie plates and maintains the tie plate orientation for delivery to downstream devices, such as a conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen Philip Buckley, Steven D. Graham, James Spencer Mansheim
  • Publication number: 20110072998
    Abstract: A workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a rail lifter and configured for movement relative to a railroad track having a pair of rails, the workhead assembly constructed and arranged for positioning a tie plate predisposed on a rail tie, including a workhead body connected to the machine; a centering apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for centering the workhead over the tie; a squaring apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for squaring the tie plate on the rail tie; and a pusher assembly on the body for positioning the tie plate under a selected one of the rails being lifted by the rail lifter, and including at least one plate engaging finger constructed and arranged for engaging the tie plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, JR., Mark A. Kappel
  • Patent number: 7827916
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning railroad tie plates along a railroad track comprises a carrier vehicle having a carrier conveyor, a roller conveyor formed of frame members and a plurality of idler rollers, the roller conveyor having an upper input end and a lower output end for gravity feeding the plurality of tie plates, the roller conveyor adapted to receive a plurality of tie plates at the input end and feed the tie plates toward the output end, the roller conveyor connected to the carrier vehicle and in feeding communication with the carrier conveyor adjacent an input end of the roller conveyor, the roller conveyor further comprising a rolling support adjacent the output end for movable support of the roller conveyor along the railroad track, an actuator positioned at the output end of roller conveyor, the actuator successively engaging each of the plurality of tie plates during feeding, a sensor adapted to detect an in-service railroad tie plate wherein the sensor signals a controller and the controller act
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7658152
    Abstract: A track mounted machine is capable of inserting a previously positioned tie plate between a rail and underlying cross tie of a railway. The machine preferably is also capable of lifting the rail from the tie prior to tie plate insertion and/or, is capable of operating on both rails of a railway simultaneously. The preferred embodiment includes two tie plate inserter assemblies mounted on a common workhead. Each tie plate inserter assembly includes a pusher that can be moved, under control of an operator stationed on the machine, vertically and longitudinally on the rails so as to be aligned with a field end of the tie plate. The pusher can then be actuated to push the tie plate laterally under the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Racine Railroad Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Brenny, Jeff Hon, Frank D. Gall, III
  • Patent number: 7497166
    Abstract: A railway vehicle for inserting plates on rail ties that engage with rails includes a frame configured for movement relative to the track and a plate inserter workhead mounted to the frame. The plate inserter workhead is configured for pivoting the tie plate about a leading edge of the plate so that the trailing edge of the tie plate is lifted off the tie. The plate inserter workhead is configured to subsequently release the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Fuerst, Bruce Blazek, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Robert M. Weber
  • Patent number: 6807909
    Abstract: An apparatus partially carried on and partially towed behind a railroad track mounted highway truck or box car for conveying tie plates from the truck or car for deposit in a predetermined spaced apart sequence along the bed of a railroad track as the truck or car and the apparatus move in unison along the track. A method executed by this apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 6792871
    Abstract: A railroad car energy absorption apparatus is disclosed. The railroad car energy absorption apparatus includes a spring assembly having an elastomer spring element arranged in operable combination with structure for inhibiting localized heat deterioration of the elastomer spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Miner Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. O'Donnell, Michael D. VanMaldegiam, Erik D. Jensen, Donald E. Wilt, Michael S. Dillon
  • Patent number: 6595140
    Abstract: A railway tie plate insertion vehicle includes operator's chairs mounted on both sides of the vehicle; with the occupants of each chair being provided with a tie plate insertion wand including controls for movement of the vehicle. A tie magazine deposits a tie plate on the tie upon actuation by the operator when a tie plate has not been previously deposited. A first rail clamp includes a pair of rollers for engaging the rail, attached to the ends of a pair of scissor arms, so that raising the rail draws the scissor arms closer together, increasing the gripping pressure on the rail. A similar rail clamp is located at the rear of the vehicle, which also includes an electrical connection for the operator's wand, thereby permitting tie plate insertion from the rear of the vehicle when obstacles are present along the sides of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Harsco Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Harry Madison, Christian Glen Brand
  • Patent number: 6546612
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed by which wooden railroad ties are pre-plated prior to use in constructing and/or repairing railroad lines. Methodology disclosed comprises placing two plates on top of each of a succession of wooden ties, temporarily positioning disclosed one of the two plates on each tie with a distance or spacer template temporarily clamping the two plates accurately to the tie using a jig, starting a field spike and a gauge spike (usually with one or more sledge hammers) into each wooden tie through the selected apertures in each plate, and further driving the started spikes into the associated tie (usually using a jackhammer). Typically, the field spike is located outside the field flange of the plate and is driven until the head of the spike is contiguous with the plate. Typically, the gauge spike is displaced through an aperture in the gauge flange of the plate until the head is about 1½ inches above the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Ollendick, David Ollendick
  • Patent number: 6292997
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed by which wooden railroad ties are pre-plated prior to use in constructing and/or repairing railroad lines. Methodology disclosed comprises placing two plates on top of each of a succession of wooden ties, temporarily positioning disclosed one of the two plates on each tie with a distance or spacer template temporarily clamping the two plates accurately to the tie using a jig, starting a field spike and a gauge spike (usually with one or more sledge hammers) into each wooden tie through the selected apertures in each plate, and further driving the started spikes into the associated tie (usually using a jackhammer). Typically, the field spike is located outside the field flange of the plate and is driven until the head of the spike is contiguous with the plate. Typically, the gauge spike is displaced through an aperture in the gauge flange of the plate until the head is about 1½ inches above the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventors: Robert Ollendick, David Ollendick
  • Patent number: 6158353
    Abstract: Before replacing an old tie with a new tie in a railroad track, the associated tie plates are temporarily welded to the respective rail bases of the two rails with the aid of an old rail spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 5813103
    Abstract: A machine for fastening rail plates to cross-ties, utilizing spikes or the like, and method therefore, is disclosed in the present invention. The preferred apparatus of the present invention teaches a system wherein there is provided a conveyor for conveying a plurality of laterally arranged, juxtaposed ties in bulk, a loader or retriever for loading a single tie upon a template conveyer, and a positioner for positioning the single tie during the pre-plating process. The present invention further includes a template system for securing the cross-tie or tie in place, feeding and positioning the rail-plate in place, feeding, dispensing, and positioning the spikes in place, driving the spikes, and discharging the processed tie, the template system utilizing as a principle motive force the displacement of the template reciprocating drive piston for positioning the template, as well as dispensing the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Coastal Timbers, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald David Girouard, Sr., Gerald David Girouard, Jr., Donald Darcey
  • Patent number: 5655455
    Abstract: An apparatus for placing tie plates between a rail and selected crossties along a railroad track. The apparatus includes a mobile frame which travels on the rails along a railroad track and carries a magnetic wheel for retrieving loose tie plates, a magazine for holding and positioning the loose tie plates over a selected rail lie, a rail jack for lifting the rail away from the tie to allow insertion of the tie plate, and an insertion arm and plate which urge the tie plate into position between the tie and the rail. The magazine holds a number of tie plates and has an elongated guide plate, dimensioned to fit the rail receiving area of the tie plates. A series of biased linkages, arranged vertically along the guide plate, urge the tie plates against the guide plate to hold them in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Kershaw Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Elbert Rudolph Smith
  • Patent number: 5528807
    Abstract: A machine for fastening rail plates to cross-ties, utilizing spikes or the like, and method therefore, is disclosed in the present invention. The preferred apparatus of the present invention teaches a system wherein there is provided a conveyor for conveying a plurality of laterally arranged, juxtaposed ties in bulk, a loader or retriever for loading a single tie upon a template conveyer, and a positioner for positioning the single tie during the pre-plating process. The present invention further includes a template system for securing the cross-tie or tie in place, feeding and positioning the rail-plate in place, feeding, dispensing, and positioning the spikes in place, driving the spikes, and discharging the processed tie, the template system utilizing as a principle motive force the displacement of the template reciprocating drive piston for positioning the template, as well as dispensing and positioning the spikes and plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Coastal Timbers, Inc. (LA Corp)
    Inventors: Gerald D. Girouard, Sr., Gerald D. Girouard, Jr., Donald Darcey
  • Patent number: 5435251
    Abstract: An applicator adapted to apply chemically-impregnated pads (53) to freshly-milled surfaces (24) on railroad ties (22), includes a vehicle (21) adapted to be moved along the ties; a carriage (29) mounted for horizontal movement with the vehicle along the ties, and mounted for floating vertical movement relative to the vehicle during use; sensors (51,52) for determining the position of a tie beneath the carriage; a pad storage magazine (33) mounted on said carriage; suction cups (38) and an actuator (47) for withdrawing an end pad from the magazine; a rotary motor and a lifting actuator (36) for moving a withdrawn pad from the magazine to a freshly-milled surface on a tie; and a nailer (39) for attaching the pad to the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Eastern Railway Supplies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Clark, Edwin G. Pierrot
  • Patent number: 5343606
    Abstract: A machine for fastening rail plates to cross-ties, utilizing spikes or the like, and method therefore, is disclosed in the present invention. The preferred apparatus of the present invention teaches a system wherein there is provided a conveyor for conveying a plurality of laterally arranged, juxtaposed ties in bulk, a loader or retriever for loading a single tie upon a template conveyer, and a positioner for positioning the single tie during the pre-plating process. The present invention further includes a template system for securing the cross-tie or tie in place, feeding and positioning the rail-plate in place, feeding, dispensing, and positioning the spikes in place, driving the spikes, and discharging the processed tie, the template system utilizing as a principle motive force the displacement of the template reciprocating drive piston for positioning the template, as well as dispensing and positioning the spikes and plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Coastal Timbers, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald D. Girouard, Sr., Gerald D. Girouard, Jr., Donald Darcey
  • Patent number: 5331899
    Abstract: Tie plates are moved between a position on a tie plate manipulator vehicle and a track position, which is under a rail and above a tie. A magnetic wheel is used in conjunction with a rail lifter. The rail lifter lifts the rail while the magnetic wheel installs or removes a tie plate from between a tie and a rail. The vehicle may include another magnetic wheel used for picking up tie plates loosely placed upon ties. A ballast sweeper or broom with a rotary core may be incorporated into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Holley Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Holley
  • Patent number: 5067412
    Abstract: A tie plate inserting machine comprises a self-propelled machine frame, an operating unit mounted on the machine frame and comprising a vertically adjustable magazine for storing at least one tie plate, a tie plate inserting arm for moving a respective tie plate stored in the magazine from the magazine to a position between a tie and the base of a rail, the tie plate inserting arm being transversely displaceable with respect to the machine frame and being connected to the operating unit, and a rail lifting device associated with the operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Worgotter
  • Patent number: 4974518
    Abstract: A machine for automatically setting rail tie plates includes a frame adapted to be propelled along a rail bed having one or both rails removed, the frame including a hopper adapted to store a plurality of randomly oriented plates therein, a crane for transferring plates to a plate sorting conveyor which sorts the plates as to specified length-to-width orientation and deposits the oriented plates upon an inclined conveyor where they are sensed as to specified top-to-bottom orientation, with improperly oriented plates being automatically inverted; the sensed and inverted plates are then manually disposed as to proper high-to-low side orientation, from where they are stored for eventual automatic deposition upon the tie by a reciprocating pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Oak Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Cotic, John L. Thorson
  • Patent number: 4942822
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically setting tie plates on tops of the ties for a railroad track includes a frame adapted to be moved along the track, an inclined slide surface adapted to accommodate a plurality of tie plates thereon, a plate control mechanism adapted to release the plates one at a time to slide down the slide surface and into a plate pocket where the plate is received by a reciprocating pusher which deposits the plate upon the top of a respective tie with a minimum of movement thereon so that the plate will be accurately positioned on the tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Oak Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis J. Cotic
  • Patent number: 4691639
    Abstract: A railroad tie plate placing vehicle uses a crawler track to place plates upon rail ties. The crawler track is meshed to a magnetic wheel which holds tie plates to the crawler track until the tie plates have actually contacted a tie. The crawler track at least partially propels the vehicle down the railroad track when the vehicle is placing plates. A tie detector switch is used to control gates which gate tie plates onto the conveyor and magnetic wheel upon detection of a tie such that a tie plate released by the gates will reach a release point in the closed loop of the conveyor at the same time as the release point reaches the tie whose detection triggered the gating of the tie plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Holley Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Holley
  • Patent number: 4393784
    Abstract: Track rails fixed to ties with old rail fasteners are replaced by track rails fixed to the ties with new rail fasteners at gauge with an assembly line of a series of individual operating mechanisms arranged spacedly and sequentially on a train of a plurality of track-bound cars and including a carrier frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4315129
    Abstract: Mobile apparatus for, on site, welding of rail retaining clip studs to existing railroad rail plates which includes a railway car assembly having wheel and axle assemblies and propulsion means to move the railway car assembly along the railway tracks. The railway car assembly further includes two carriage assemblies each of which carries two welding gun assemblies which project downwardly upon each side of the rail plate. The carriage assembly includes carriage actuator means for moving the carriage assembly both longitudinally and transversely of the rail plate to position the welding gun assemblies. A position and sensing control means is provided which includes a rail plate sensor which first senses the position of a rail plate to stop the railway car assembly and properly position the welding gun assembies with respect to the rail plate longitudinally thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1982
    Assignee: Omark Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold C. Wilkinson, Angelo M. D'Attoma, Stephen W. Walker
  • Patent number: RE44177
    Abstract: A railroad car energy absorption apparatus is disclosed. The railroad car energy absorption apparatus includes a spring assembly having an elastomer spring element arranged in operable combination with structure for inhibiting localized heat deterioration of the elastomer spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Miner Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. O'Donnell, Michael D. VanMaldegiam, Erik D. Jensen, Donald E. Wilt, Michael S. Dillon