Abstract: A new and novel self-locating railcar rerailing device of one-piece construction is provided. A track insert is configured to be installed within a track gauge of either straight or curved sections of an existing model railroad track layout. The sloped and shaped ends of the preferred embodiment and up-ramps of an alternative embodiment each engage the derailed wheels of a moving railcar in such a manner that, with either forward or backward motion, the railcar wheels are guided back into both vertical and horizontal alignment with the tracks.
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: A rerailing device for rerailing a wheel of a railcar or the like which has been derailed due to a spread rail comprising an L-shaped metal bar member including a vertically disposed bar portion and a horizontally disposed bar portion which extends horizontally from the upper end of the vertically disposed bar portion. A vertically disposed flat metal plate is secured to one side of the vertically disposed bar portion and extends horizontally therefrom beneath one side of the horizontally disposed bar portion. The rerailer may be of the left-hand or right-hand type to enable the rerailer to be mounted at either end of a rail joint bar so that the derailed wheel may be brought into engagement therewith and moved upwardly thereonto to retail the derailed wheel.