Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled vehicle (10) provided only with rail-engaging rolling means (18) comprising: a chassis (14); a working surface (16) connected thereto for supporting equipment, materials (20) and personnel; and positioning means (22, 24) connected to the chassis for lifting the vehicle and moving it laterally with respect to a direction of rail travel between a trackside location and an on-track location (12). A lifting apparatus (28) is mountable on the chassis and moveable along the length of the working surface (16). By providing only rail-engaging rolling means (18), the height of the vehicle's overlying working surface (16) above the track (12) and surrounding ground is significantly reduced as compared to existing dual purpose road-rail vehicles. The vehicle is capable of working safely below live overhead lines and alongside tracks open to traffic thus avoiding the need to for full closure of tracks during maintenance and inspection works.
Abstract: This invention relates to a derail assembly used in the railroad industry for derailing a wheel of an undesirably moving railed vehicle. The invention particularly relates to derailing a moving locomotive having a pilot at the front of the locomotive. The derail may be a single ended derail or a double ended derail. The derail includes a rigid derail plate which is in direct contact with the upper surface of the rail. An upright derail bar is securely mounted on the derail plate and the derail bar is angled outwardly for engaging a wheel of the locomotive or other railway car when moving undesirably for causing a desired derailment. The second derail bar may be provided in the case of a double ended derail. The derail includes longitudinally spaced rigid hooks at opposite ends of the derail to secure one side of the derail to the rail. The opposite side has a clamp mounted on the derail for securing the derail to the rail.
Abstract: This invention relates to a derail assembly used in the railroad industry for derailing the wheel of an undesirably moving railed vehicle and, in particular, relates to derailing a moving locomotive having a pilot at the front of the locomotive. The derail assembly includes a full rigid derail plate which is in direct contact with the entire upper surface of the rail. An upright derail bar is securely mounted on the derail plate and the derail bar is angled outwardly for engaging a wheel of the locomotive when moving undesirably for causing a desired derailment. The derail includes longitudinally spaced rigid hooks at opposite ends of the derail. The hooks secure one side of the derail assembly to the rail. On the opposite side of the rail, a clamp assembly is provided on the derail shoe from the hooks. The hooks and the clamp cooperate to secure the derail assembly to the rail.
Abstract: This invention relates to a portable low profile derail which is releasably securable to a railroad rail for derailing from the rail a flanged wheel of railroad equipment. The derail has a monolithic body including a flat rider plate and an integral elongated holding channel. At least three field side fasteners are mounted on the holding channel and connectable with the rail. A substantially straight rub bar is fixed to the derail body and is set at an angle to the rail when the derail is secured to the rail. The derail includes a securing assembly which is selectively connectable to the rail for securing the derail onto the rail.
Abstract: A bi-directional derail is provided with an improved construction which reduces the thrust load imparted by a rail vehicle wheel against the derail, while maintaining the weight and material cost of the derail within practical limits. In a preferred embodiment, the derail is provided with a derail shoe having deflector bars which are reinforced with deflector rail support flanges for increased strength and which have an extended length and gradual deflection angle, preferably no more than 15 degrees from the longitudinal axis of the rail.
Abstract: A hinged derail is provided with an adjustment assembly for adjusting the position of the hinge pin relative to the rail. The hinged derail is adjustable to provide for proper alignment of the deflecting block with the top surface of a rail for a variety of rail heights. In a preferred embodiment, the adjustment assembly includes a pair of rotatable adjustment flanges which support the hinge pin in an eccentric fashion. Rotation of the adjustment flanges changes the vertical position of the hinge pin. In accordance with another aspect of the invention, an actuating assembly is provided for operatively associating a power actuator with the derail shoe.
Abstract: An automatic switching system integrated into freight cars includes a microcomputer for controlling the automatic system and regulating the shunting speed, a rotary pulse generator for determining the shunting distance and freight car speed, distance sensors for detecting the distance to and difference in speed relative to cars in front, an automatic coupling, a brake system for controlling the speed of the freight cars in the shunting zone and precise target braking on the sorting tracks and a data transmission devices for information exchange with a superordinated control station. The automatic switching system integrated into the freight cars makes it possible to decouple the freight cars by remote control, to precisely control the shunting speed, to maintain a minimum distance between the sections for safe setting of the switches, to automatically reduce speed by braking and re-coupling on the sorting tracks as well as to conduct a remote-monitored freight car diagnosis and brake test.
Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a running track of a toy car racer in a racing toy is disclosed, in which a motor-driven running body runs on a base having a plurality of guide tracks in parallel spaced apart from each other and is provided with a guide element engageable with the guide track, an electromagnetic coil for engaging and disengaging the guide element with the guide track, and a rotary magnet for controlling wheel-steerage by means of its polarity determined by energizing the electromagnetic coil.
Abstract: An arrangement for sorting vehicle bodies by the colors of coating expected thereon in a vehicle body coating line, comprises vehicle body conveying equipment including a plurality of branch conveyers disposed in parallel with one another for transporting and storing temporarily thereon vehicle bodies carried into the arrangement through a bringing-in conveyer and supplying the vehicle stored temporarily to a coating process through a bringing-out conveyer, and a control device for storing therein data indicative of color of coating expected on each of the vehicle bodies on said branch conveyers, with reference to a position of each of the vehicle bodies on the branch conveyers, and driving each of the branch conveyers selectively in accordance with the data stored therein so as to transport the vehicle bodies on the branch conveyers to the bringing-out conveyer in such a manner that the vehicle bodies from the branch conveyers are sorted in dependence on the colors of coating expected on the vehicle bodies.
Abstract: This invention relates to the design of marshalling yard with up-grade speed control system. The principal difference between this yard and the conventional marshalling yard with down-grade only profile is described hereunder. Unlike the already known yard in which many speed control devices are installed on a down-grade to consume excess energy of cuts, the yard in the invention has hump height designed by taking operating conditions of moderate runners as a base and is provided with at least one up-grade speed control unit consisting of one up-grade section and a necessary number of boosters and retarders on the down-grade profile. This up-grade control unit could convert excess energy of cuts into potential energy. The invention could raise hump operating capacity of marshalling yard at a considerably reduced cost.
May 2, 1986
Date of Patent:
August 30, 1988
TDJ System Research Center of Haerbin Railway Bureau
Abstract: A set-off apparatus for moving a railway carriage transversely off the track includes eight vertically adjustable jacks arranged in four pairs. Two of the jacks of two of the pairs are arranged in each corner of the railway carriage frame, and two pairs of jacks are arranged at each frame end, one of the pairs of jacks being stationary with respect to the frame and the other pair of jacks being displaceable with respect to the frame in a direction extending transversely to the track. A horizontally extending, double-acting cylinder-piston device is arranged for displacing each other pair of jacks transversely whereby the carriage may be transversely set off stepwise while supported in a stilt-like manner.
November 23, 1984
Date of Patent:
August 19, 1986
Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.