Distributers Patents (Class 104/5)
  • Patent number: 9121140
    Abstract: A material handling system has a shuttle car attached by an extension element either directly to a supply car or to a staging car attached to a supply car. An object manipulator moves an object into place for acquisition by the shuttle car which is brought into position by retraction of the extension element. The extension element extends and moves the shuttle car away to draw the object most of the way from the staging car. A second object manipulator opposite to the shuttle engages the object before the object is pulled completely from the supply car. The shuttle car and the second manipulator lower the object. Objects may also be retrieved and placed on the supply car. In some embodiments, a track on the staging and supply cars may allow a manipulator to travel along the cars to acquire objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robert B. Conner, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140366766
    Abstract: A railway car (100) for placing long rails onto a railway platform, includes a rear end (200) hitched to a rail transport car and a front end (400) and further including, on the rear end (200) thereof, at least one element (202a, 202b) for longitudinally removing a rail from a rail storage arranged on the rail transport car and at least one first element for driving the rail such as to move the rail to the front of the car. The first drive element takes up the rail between two motor-driven tracked trains, each including a tracked belt sent between two wheels, the tracked trains being provided such as to take a relative position in which the tracked belts face each other and the axles of the wheels are vertical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: ETF
    Inventor: Guillaume Chaine
  • Patent number: 8904942
    Abstract: A rail guide for loading railroad rails onto a rail train. The rail guide includes a guide beam disposed to depend vertically downward over each shelf in a rack on a rack car. The guide beam extends substantially the length of the rack car and is coupled to a corresponding guide beam of an adjacent car via a bridge that is configured to accommodate relative movement between the cars. A shoe is provided that is coupled to a leading end of a rail to be loaded. The shoe includes a follower that engages the guide beam to guide a rail being loaded along a path defined by the guide beam. The guide beam can provide vertical and lateral support to the leading end of the rail during loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Herzog Railroad Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds
  • Patent number: 8875635
    Abstract: A method for delivering ballast to a section of railroad track includes measuring an existing ballast profile of a section of railroad track using a remote sensing system, and providing a signal indicative thereof to a first computer. Using the first computer, the existing ballast profile is compared with an ideal ballast profile to compute a track file representing a volume of additional ballast needed as a function of linear position along the section of railroad track, and data representing the track file is transmitted to a second computer of an automatic ballast dump train. Ballast is dumped along the section of railroad track according to the track file under control of the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Georgetown Rail Equipment Company
    Inventors: H. Lynn Turner, William C. Shell, Brian Roger VanVoorst, David Rozacky, Carlos Martinez, Charles W. Aaron, John Joseph Shackleton, Jr., Joel Scott Howard
  • Publication number: 20140251174
    Abstract: A rail guide for loading railroad rails onto a rail train. The rail guide includes a guide beam disposed to depend vertically downward over each shelf in a rack on a rack car. The guide beam extends substantially the length of the rack car and is coupled to a corresponding guide beam of an adjacent car via a bridge that is configured to accommodate relative movement between the cars. A shoe is provided that is coupled to a leading end of a rail to be loaded. The shoe includes a follower that engages the guide beam to guide a rail being loaded along a path defined by the guide beam. The guide beam can provide vertical and lateral support to the leading end of the rail during loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Herzog Railroad Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds
  • Publication number: 20140202352
    Abstract: The invention relates to a railway work vehicle comprising a chassis supported by a drive mechanism and work devices supported by the chassis. According to the invention, the transportation of material within the work vehicle below and/or above and/or next to the working devices can be improved by using at least one conveyor track on which conveyor bodies for objects or objects forming conveyor bodies, in the form of a parcelled goods, can be driven along the working vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: K & K Maschinenentwicklungs GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Wolfram Peter Dehmel
  • Patent number: 8590454
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for supporting multiple elongate rails in a rail tie-down car utilizes spring-loaded, hydraulically actuated clamp assemblies to clamp individual rails to the tie-down car. Each clamp assembly incorporates at least two clamp members which act opposite one another to prevent the rail secured in place by the clamps from sliding in either longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Herzog Contracting Corp.
    Inventor: Ivan E. Bounds
  • Publication number: 20130206031
    Abstract: A method for constructing at least one railway track (V1, V2) on a platform (5), wherein the permanent crosspieces are placed at the substantially permanent site thereof essentially through the use of railway vehicles (20, 30, 40). Crosspiece deposits are pre-formed on the platform (5) and along at least one track to be constructed (V1, V2) via railway vehicles. The method also includes the placement of rails on the crosspieces. The rails are pushed in front of a placement car for the first track (V1) and are deposited by sliding same out of a rail storage and placement train in a direction to the rear of the train and skewed in relation to the axis of the train for the second track (V2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: ETF
    Inventor: Emmanuel Mange
  • 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: 8181577
    Abstract: A rail train for supporting multiple sticks of ribbon rail comprises a plurality of rail support cars having a single, centrally positioned rail support stand wherein adjacent rail support cars are supported on shared trucks. End cars include a tunnel for supporting the rails near their ends and one or more rail support arms pivotal at a first end about two axis and supporting a rail guide assembly at a second end for supporting a rail as it is pulled of the rail train. A rail tie-down car utilizes spring-loaded, hydraulically actuated clamp assemblies to clamp individual rails to the tie-down car. Each clamp assembly incorporates at least two clamp members which act opposite one another to prevent the rail secured in place by the clamps from sliding in either longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Herzog Contracting Corp.
    Inventor: Ivan E. Bounds
  • Patent number: 8181578
    Abstract: A method, system and devices for reconditioning, repair and replacement of railroad track components including direct fixation fasteners includes the use of temporary direct fixation fasteners which serve as temporary rail support and fastening and as guides for installation of permanent anchor inserts for installation and anchoring of new permanent direct fixation fasteners. The method of use of the temporary direct fixation fasteners enables operational use of the railroad line at various stages throughout reconditioning, repair and replacement processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Railroad Construction, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Laurello, Paul Laurello, Michael Laurello, Rick Ryel
  • 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: 7707944
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for spreading ballast along railways makes use of an inertial measurement system to determine where to apply ballast from a hopper car. A variety of techniques can be used to determine the location and speed of the ballast spreading train, including manual or automated visual techniques, laser technology, radar technology, radio frequency transponders, magnetic sensor, thermal imaging and aerial photogrammetry. The invention also contemplates “on the fly” surveys and terrain profiling using lasers or radar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Herzog Contracting Corp.
    Inventor: Ivan E. Bounds
  • Patent number: 7694630
    Abstract: A railway vehicle movable on a railroad track having a frame configured for movement relative to the track is provided. The vehicle includes a bulk storage container disposed on the frame and located generally at the center of gravity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Nordco, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Straub, Donald C. Noll, John K. Luvaas
  • Patent number: 7478596
    Abstract: In a method for efficiently removing a great number of damaged rail sections, after a first separating cut, the severed free rail ends are gripped by a rail pulling device connecting the rail ends to one another, and are pulled towards one another. The pulling force required for the pulling-together as well a current rail temperature are registered for calculation of that length of a replacement rail which is required for producing a desired rail tension. A second separating cut is carried out—with corresponding path measurement—spaced at a distance from the first separating cut as calculated on the basis of the selected length of the replacement rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen - Industriegesellschaft GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 7437997
    Abstract: A method of efficiently delivering replacement railway ties for use in replacing ties that have deteriorated. GPS technology is used to obtain the GPS location of each tie that needs to be replaced. A tie train carrying replacement ties has a GPS monitor so that one or more ties can be unloaded at or near the location of each tie that requires replacement. A tie replacement crew can use a GPS monitor to locate each tie that requires replacement, and the crew can remove those ties and install a nearby replacement tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Herzog Contracting Corp.
    Inventors: Stanley M. Herzog, Ivan E. Bounds, Timothy M. Beers, Steve Pete, Ron Schmitz, Stephen L. Bedingfield, Daniel B. Laughlin, Joseph A. Kneib
  • Publication number: 20080163781
    Abstract: A long rail pick-up and delivery system providing increased efficiency and safety. The long rail pick-up and delivery system can include a power car, a rail train, a loading car, an unloading car, a transition car and two independent gantries. The dual gantry design allows for simultaneous and independent loading and unloading of long rail on both sides of the long rail pick-up and delivery system. The gantries are operably mounted on a elevated track whereby the gantries are capable to traversing the length of the rail train. The gantries can include booms having multiple degrees of freedom allowing a gripping head to grasp and pull long rail regardless of the resting attitude of the long rail. The long rail pick-up and delivery system can also include additional power cars, an integrated work station and additional gantries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: LORAM MAINTENANCE OF WAY, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Green, David Huebner
  • Patent number: 7192238
    Abstract: In a method of loading several like coupled storage cars with bulk material, a first storage car is first filled with the bulk material by reducing the conveying speed mode of a bottom conveyor band in the first storage car to a bulk material storing speed mode while a transfer conveyor band of the adjacent storage car fills the first storage car, the storing speed mode of the bottom conveyor band in the first storage car is automatically adjusted in response to a measured amount of the bulk material accumulating in a pile so that the first storage car is filled to a maximal height, and after the accumulated pile has reached a forward end position, the conveying speed mode of the bottom conveyor band in the storage car adjacent to, and rearwardly of, the first storage car in the conveying direction is automatically reduced to the storing speed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 6892648
    Abstract: In a freight train comprising at least two like storage cars for bulk material, the storage cars comprising loading containers extending in a longitudinal direction, and the storage cars being supported on undercarriages for movement on a track, each storage car comprises a bottom conveyor band extending in the longitudinal direction for conveying the bulk material in a conveying direction from a rear end to a front end of the loading container, and a transfer conveyor band at the front end of the loading container, the transfer conveyor band being arranged to receive the conveyed bulk material from the bottom conveyor band and projecting from the front end to a preceding one of the two storage cars to transfer the conveyed bulk material to the loading container of the preceding storage car where the transferred bulk material forms a bulk material pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Wörgötter
  • Publication number: 20020117075
    Abstract: A seal arrangement is disclosed. The seal arrangement includes a seal groove having a central axis. The seal groove is defined by at least a first wall segment, a second wall segment, and a third wall segment interposed the first wall segment and the second wall segment. The first wall segment is angled relative to the central axis so that a linear extension of a surface of the first wall segment intersects the central axis so as to define an angle &agr; therebetween. An associated method of producing a seal arrangement is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Roy L. Maguire
  • Patent number: 6425333
    Abstract: A loading car for bulk materials includes a vehicle undercarriage frame defining a longitudinal axis and including first and second car frames connected to one another by a coupler. Rail undercarriages are provided for supporting the vehicle undercarriage frame for mobility on a railroad track. A carrying frame is mounted on the first and second car frame by means of swivel rings, with a storage box built on the carrying frame. A bottom conveyor belt having a discharge end is deposited in the storage box, and a transfer conveyor belt extending at an angle to a horizontal plane is associated with the discharge end of the bottom conveyor belt. Disposed between the storage box and the first and second car frames are supported members, each of which including two hydraulic cylinders positioned opposite one another transversely to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Wörgötter
  • 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: 6089161
    Abstract: A railway panel transport apparatus for moving prefabricated railway panels to installation sites includes a plurality of ties, a first rail, and a second rail. The ties are positioned in spaced parallel relation to support the first and second rails, which extend substantially the length of the railway panel. At least two truck assemblies are connected to the railway panel. The truck assemblies include a pair of travel wheels mounted thereon for engaging and traveling upon existing railway sections. Following transport to the installation site, the truck assemblies are removed and the railway panel is installed in a proper location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: John M. Saban
  • Patent number: 6089162
    Abstract: A railway maintenance vehicle exchanges worn crossties for new ones. Worn ties are collected and stored in open-top gondola cars, preferably progressing longitudinally. New ties are simultaneously unloaded from the gondola cars for distribution along the-track. Flange-wheeled tie transport vehicles such as a mobile crane and a bundle clasping transport travel on rails atop the gondola cars to move worn and new ties between collection and distribution devices and the respective storage and unloading locations. Gaps between the cars are bridged by hinged telescoping rail sections. The travel distance between the storage or unloading location and the collection or distribution points change over time. To improve efficiency, at least one intermediate temporary storage basket is moved along the cars and can be passed over by the transport vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Harsco Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Harry Madison
  • Patent number: 5904098
    Abstract: A crane carrying vehicle for transporting track ties comprises an elongated machine frame supported on undercarriages for movement on rails in an operating direction, the machine frame comprising a storage section for temporarily storing track ties and having two side walls extending in this direction, the side walls being spaced from each other in a transverse direction extending perpendicularly to the operating direction by a distance corresponding at least to the length of the track ties. A track tie supporting platform in the storage section may be tilted between a horizontally extending loading position and an unloading position extending at an angle to the loading position, and the vehicle carries a power-adjustable pivotal crane outrigger with a gripping device for gripping track ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Worgotter
  • Patent number: 5630365
    Abstract: A rail loading train for transporting as well as loading and unloading long rails, includes a number of loading cars coupled together and having a frame which has a longitudinal axis and is supported on undercarriages for movement in an operating direction. Mounted on the loading cars are a plurality of rail supports which are spaced from each other longitudinally in direction of the frame and respectively rotatably mounted on support columns. Each rail support includes a separate pivot drive for swinging the rail support about a vertical axis between a receiving position in which the rail support extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and an idle position in which the rail support extends in direction of the longitudinal axis, whereby the position of the rail support in each end position is automatically secured by a locking mechanism once the swinging motion is concluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Georg Robel GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Josef Hertelendi
  • Patent number: 5609106
    Abstract: A track building machine (34) for the renewal of tracks, essentially comprising a machine frame (1), supported on rail mountings (2, 3), having a work aggregate (38) exhibiting devices (5, 6, 7) for preparing a ballast bed, for lifting out old ties (8) and for laying new ties (9), and additionally comprising devices (35, 36, 10, 11, 12) for transporting the old and new ties (8, 9) and for raising, guiding and stretching apart old rails (13). For the support of the rail mounting (3) in working deployment, which rail mounting is disposed directly in front of the work aggregate (38) in the direction of working, a slide mechanism (18) is provided, which is rollable on the old ties (8). The work aggregate (38) for lifting out the old and laying the new ties (8, 9), outside a section limited by the rail mountings (2, 3) connected to the machine frame (1), is fastened on an extension arm (4) prolonging the machine frame (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Salpomec OY
    Inventor: Tibor Aubermann
  • Patent number: 5511484
    Abstract: A track working machine comprises a machine frame extending in a longitudinal direction and having opposite ends, the machine frame having an upwardly recessed portion between the ends, and undercarriages supporting the machine frame ends on the track for mobility thereon in an operating direction. An operator's cab has an access below the upwardly recessed machine frame portion for permitting an operator to enter and leave the cab, and two structural parts are attached to the machine frame and extend in the longitudinal direction below the upwardly recessed machine frame portion, the structural parts being spaced from each other transversely to the longitudinal direction and defining therebetween a delimited working area. A hoisting apparatus is mounted on the machine frame, the hoisting apparatus comprising a load carrying device and drives for adjusting the load carrying device in vertical, longitudinal and transverse directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Worgotter
  • Patent number: 5469791
    Abstract: A mobile machine for preparing rails for welding comprises an elongated bridge-like machine frame extending in a longitudinal direction, the machine frame having an upwardly recessed frame portion extending between opposite ends of the machine frame and defining a work space, and undercarriages support the opposite machine frame ends. Rail lifting devices are mounted on the machine frame for displacement in the longitudinal direction, and drives vertically adjust the rail lifting devices. The machine further has support shelves for storing rails on the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Worgotter
  • Patent number: 5385102
    Abstract: Vehicle able to lay a specially designed track formed from elements (5, 6, 7) joined end to end. The vehicle (8) advances along the track and carries a track element on the carriage. When it reaches the end of the track, the carriage is lowered so that the element can be fitted into the preceding element. The elements are of different types so as to permit track height and direction changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Eric Villedieu, Daniel Francois
  • Patent number: 5337675
    Abstract: The invention comprises essentially a first car (1) resting on a bogey running on the track to be replaced, and a second bogey (3) moving during the work cycles with the aid of two auxiliary devices (5, 6) above the old cross-ties (4) without rails. It also comprises a work unit for removing the old rails, a unit (8) for the old cross-ties (4) and a unit (10) for laying new cross-ties (2). The auxiliary devices (5, 6) are two retractable translation devices arranged so as to be able to move on the cross-ties (4) without rails and are disposed on either side of the second bogey (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Matisa Materiel Industriel S.A.
    Inventor: Tibor Aubermann
  • Patent number: 5331898
    Abstract: Vehicle able to lay a specially designed track formed from elements (5, 6, 7) joined end to end. The vehicle (8) advances along the track and carries a track element on the carriage. When it reaches the end of the track, the carriage is lowered so that the element can be fitted into the preceding element. The elements are of different types so as to permit track height and direction changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Eric Villedieu, Daniel Francois
  • Patent number: 5243918
    Abstract: A multiple railroad tie handling method includes simultaneously clamping a layer of closed packed, parallel concrete railroad ties, lifting and moving the clamped group toward a track bed, spreading the clamped ties to the required tie interval spacing, laterally aligning the clamped group with previously laid ties and spacing the group to continue the existing tie spacing, lowering the clamped group to the track bed, and simultaneously releasing the ties on the track bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Herzog Contracting Company
    Inventor: Ivan E. Bounds
  • Patent number: 5237143
    Abstract: The process for on-track neutralization of the rails of a railway consists in causing to move past continuously along the rails (R2) at least one heating element (12), measuring continuously the value of the temperature of the rails before heating, measuring the value of the speed of movement past of the heating elements in relation to the rails, measuring the value of the change in the temperature of the rails after heating until the moment of their on-track fixing and controlling the heating of the heating elements (12) as a function of the said values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Scheuchzer, S. A.
    Inventor: Antoine P. Scheuchzer
  • Patent number: 5100278
    Abstract: An improved locomotive crane boom generally indicated at 10 has of a first member 11, second member 12, and third member 13 each pivotally connected at various pivot points to one another and to locomotive crane 14. A series of pistons and cylinders, 19, 20 and 21, powered by hydraulic pump 23 and fluid source 34, may be selectively extracted or retracted thereby permitting the improved boom to be positioned at any point along the length of a typical gondola car 17 to be unloaded. In operation, locomotive crane 14 with the included improved boom 10 does not need to be uncoupled from gondola car 17 for unloading since the improved boom may be articulated such that unloading magnet 24 or any other appended appliance may be positioned across the entire length of car 17 through the selected extraction and retraction of the pistons and cylinders and pivoting of the boom members 11, 12 and 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Eastern Railway Supplies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Westlake
  • Patent number: 5092247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for converting a railway-track renewal train into a train for laying new railway track. The railway-track renewal train includes a first truck bearing on a bogie rolling on a renewed track, a second truck bearing on spaced first and second bogies of which the first bogie rolls on an old track and the second bogie moves on old ties or sleepers, and various means for removing the old rails and sleepers and for laying new rails and sleepers. The bogie of the first truck is mounted onto a vehicle designed to remain on site and having a motor for moving the vehicle on the ballast or platform. The vehicle is moved in the direction of movement of the renewal train or in the opposite direction dependent on whether an old railway track is removed or new track is laid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Matisa Materiel Industriel S.A.
    Inventor: Tibor Aubermann
  • Patent number: 4979247
    Abstract: The train comprises transport vehicles (16) for the new (T1) and old (T2) ties, followed by a storage vehicle (12) for the ties, a railroad car (1) as a dismantling car, articulated to the storage vehicle (12), and a laying unit (17) constructed in a manner such as to be mobile between a working state and a state of rest when running light. When working, this mobile unit (17) bears at one end on the car (1), for example via a wheel gear (22), and at the other end on a running support (24) which moves on the new track (R2). In the state of rest, the mobile unit (17) is moved and loaded onto the car (1), the running support (24) being retracted. The running support can also be formed by a railroad vehicle (26) or by a bissel truck (28), coupled to the car when running light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Les Fils d'Auguste Scheuchzer S.A.
    Inventor: Fritz Buhler
  • 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: 4911599
    Abstract: A mobile installation for loading, transporting and unloading track parts such as ties on, in and from open top railroad cars including a train mounted for mobility along a railroad track and having a plurality of open top railroad cars. Adjacent ones of the railroad cars are coupled together and each one of the railroad cars has two parallel side walls with top edges extending in the direction of the railroad track, and two end walls, the end wals of the adjacent railroad cars defining respective gaps therebetween. A power-driven crane is provided for loading and unloading the track parts and has an undercarriage supporting the crane for mobility in the direction of the railroad track. There is also a track supporting the undercarriage of the crane for mobility above the top edges of the railroad cars in said direction. The track includes two parallel guide rails mounted on the top edges of the railroad cars and is spaced apart a distance corresponding to the gage of the crane undercarriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen- Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Johann Hansmann, Friedrich Oellerer
  • Patent number: 4829907
    Abstract: A mechanical tie gang comprises a train of open top railroad cars, a power-driven crane for loading and unloading ties and having an undercarriage arranged for mobility in the direction of the railroad track, and a track supporting the undercarriage of the crane for mobility above the top edges of the side walls of the railroad cars in this direction, the track comprising two parallel guide rails mounted on the top edges of the railroad cars and being spaced apart a distance corresponding to the gage of the crane undercarriage, the guide rails extending beyond the end walls of the railroad cars into the gaps between adjacent cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Johann Hansmann, Friedrich Oellerer
  • Patent number: 4274334
    Abstract: A machine for removing old rails and replacing them with new rails is constituted by an adzing station where the surfaces of the old ties are adzed after removing the old rails and tie plates. The adzing station has two adzers spaced laterally on either side of the center of the machine for adzing laterally spaced locations at which new tie plates and rails have to be laid. The adzers are mounted, respectively, on two frames which can move together laterally with respect to a third frame in response to a center line follower so that the adzers are always located at the correct lateral position even on curved track. The third frame is attached to the main frame of the machine and it can be pivoted selectively about two spaced lateral locations adjacent to where the adzers are mounted in response to control signals from an inclinometer mounted on the pivotal frame and control signals from a superelevation device measuring the superelevation of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Assignee: Canron Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond R. Lund