Helical Patents (Class 104/56)
  • Publication number: 20130092043
    Abstract: A tower ride is disclosed with suspended cars mounted on rails that forms track that is a complete double helix path for the car without having to turn the car or switch tracks. The car is suspended from a four truss track, riding on the two bottom rails for stability. Another embodiment is a roller coaster track mounted on a tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: William J. Kitchen
  • Patent number: 7784408
    Abstract: A ride in particular for amusement parks, comprising: a drive track, comprising a guide device (3) for guiding at least one vehicle (2) along said guide device (3) in a movement direction (v); at least one vehicle (2), comprising a normal vector (n), fixated relative to the vehicle (2) and oriented perpendicular to the movement direction (v); and a drive pattern (1), comprising at least a first track section (5, 6), comprising an incline/decline, and a second track section (8, 9), comprising an incline/decline, comprising a prefix, which is inverse to the prefix of the incline/decline of the first track section (6, 7), wherein the first track section (6, 7) and the second track section (8, 9) are connected amongst one another, forming at least a partial section of a loop, wherein the guide device (3) is configured, so that the normal vector (n) in the first track section (6, 7) is rotated from an orientation to the outside or to the inside with reference to the loop at the entry into the first track section (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Maurer Söhne GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Alfred Müller
  • Patent number: 7770811
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is provided which allows the track to be bent without creasing. The track is provided with a plurality of rails and side ribs which strengthen the track against deformation even when the track is provided with loops for play or coiled for transport. Stiffener bars are releasably secured to the track to form and support loops. A connector pad and suction cup are provided to allow releasable securement of the track or window or similar flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Randy Belding
  • Patent number: 7610859
    Abstract: An improved roller coaster system having one or more tracks that may exist in differing orientations on one support spine or equivalent supporting structure. Passengers may be rotated independently of the orientation of the tracks an essentially unlimited amount of times in either direction about predetermined axes utilizing inertia as the motive force. If multiple tracks are used, each may run separately from the others in portions of the circuit to provide unique track elements for each set of riders. Furthermore, each track may have its orientation and position relative to the support system exchanged with other tracks in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Jordan Reder Dietrich
  • Patent number: 6629500
    Abstract: A coaster having a first vertical segment connected to a parabolic segment that is connected to a second vertical segment. The carrier is raised up the first vertical segment by any means that is well known in the art. The carrier descends under the force of gravity and may either oscillate or be braked. Optionally, the track rolls about its longitudinal axis during the first vertical segment. The seats in the carrier are preferably in a tilted position so that when the carrier is vertical with the seats facing downward, the participants actually tilt forward past vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: R. Trent Hansen
  • Patent number: 6269750
    Abstract: A novel truss track assembly for use in transporting passenger vehicles provides two sets of tracks for supporting two passenger vehicles concurrently. The truss track assembly includes four running rails for mounting passenger vehicles and a central support rail. A series of frame elements are periodically secured to the running rails and the central support rail to support and maintain the parallel relationship of the running rails and the central support rail. The truss track assembly may be “split” into two individual truss track assemblies wherein the individual truss track assemblies each accommodate a passenger vehicle or a train of passenger vehicles. The present invention further provides a novel side-mount vehicle suitable for mounting of the present invention on the truss track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Setpoint Engineered Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cornwell, Joseph E. VanDenBerghe, Steven E. Nuetzman, Carl G. Wood, Benjamin H. Womack, Reid H. Leland, Bret Crandall
  • Patent number: 6170754
    Abstract: A spiral ramp for toy vehicles includes a vertical center pole supported by a base having a receiving socket for the lower end of the pole and a plurality of radially extending feet. A plurality of support clamps are arranged at different positions along the center pole and receive the upper ends of a corresponding plurality of downwardly angled support arms. A plurality of curved track segments are serially joined to form a spiral ramp which is supported by the attachment of the lower ends of the support arms to selected ones of the curved track segments. The height and character of the spiral ramp thus formed is adjustable by moving the plurality of support clamps upon the center pole and adjusting the angle defined by the support arms extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Halford
  • Patent number: 6155177
    Abstract: A model railway system with improved banking characteristics 10 comprising a series of track sections 16, 18 joined end-to-end to form a continuous track assembly 12 and a modular trestle assembly 32 to elevate the track assembly 12. The trestle assembly 32 includes a biaxially inclined coupling module 28 that allows the track 12 to be built at a greater incline within a tighter radius than would otherwise be possible. The model railway system 10 includes a battery 114 powered locomotive 110 with a portable hand-held remote control device 84 that uses infrared signals 102 to send commands to the locomotive 110. The locomotive 110 pulls modular train cars 53,54 that have coupling protrusions 30 and beam support brackets 64 to support accesories to build different types of cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Backfisch
  • Patent number: 5678489
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrically-operated ornament travelling on a rail capable of explaining the free quadrants described in the Mobius Theorem. The ornament mainly includes a three-dimensional endless rail supported on a set of supports. The rail includes at least a twisted and turned part and a non-twisted part. Two parallel metal wires extend through a full length of the rail on both surfaces thereof. A controller is used to supply current to the metal wires and to control the magnitude and flowing direction of the supplied current. A moving body having rollers made of permanent magnetic material is magnetically attached to the metal wires. A transmission mechanism in the moving body is powered through the controller to drive the moving body to travel, back, or stop on the endless rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignees: Studio Eluceo Ltd., Jya Cheng Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Xian Wang
  • Patent number: 5211366
    Abstract: An improved, ornamental, decorative structure such as a Christmas tree or the like in which the structure has a decorative device mounted above a floor in cantilever fashion. Thus, the decorative device, is, in effect, cantilevered above the floor and uses a center portion of the structure as the main support, thus avoiding the need for additional support beneath the device and on a floor therebelow. The device itself can be a ring which can support another object, such as a continuous track over which a train can be movable, either under manual power or by electrical power supplied to the track by an electrical transformer on the floor adjacent to the ornamental structure. The train will have an engine provided with an electrical motor which will drive the train along at an elevated position. Thus, the device will provide a display which will provide enjoyment and amusement for young and old alike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: John W. Cummings
  • Patent number: 4865311
    Abstract: A playground slide includes a hollow vertical column consisting of substantially identical hollow hubs which register with each other to define the column. The topmost and lowermost hubs are urged toward each other by a resilient device, anchored to a base. The device is typically a spring, running internally of the vertical column. This compresses the vertical column, ensures stiffness, and allows for expansion and contraction. A helical slideway encircles the column, consisting of slide segments that are fastened to each other and to the various hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Paris Slides Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Beekenkamp
  • Patent number: 4831937
    Abstract: An amusement ride device comprises a track composed of a pair of parallel rails and having a central axis extending between the rails, and a car adapted to travel along the track. The car includes a car body, a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels adapted to be rotated in contact with the rails, thereby allowing the car body to travel along the rails, a swinging frame, having the rear wheels rotatably supported on each end thereof and extending substantially at right angles to the advancing direction of the car, and a bogie shaft attached to the car body so as to extend in the advancing direction of the car and pivotally supporting the swinging frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Togo Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 4724771
    Abstract: An amusement ride system according to the present invention comprises a pair of rails extending at a fixed distance from each other, and a passenger car located between the rails and traveling along the rails. A plurality of wheel units are provided on either side portion of the car, along the rails. Each wheel unit includes a set of wheels, which are in rolling contact with each corresponding rail, so as to hold it between them. The middle portion of the rail pair is twisted around a central axis between the rails, thus forming at least one twist region. As the car runs past the twist region of the rails, therefore, it is rotated around the central axis, following the twist of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Togo Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 4406231
    Abstract: In systems for moving items such as novelties along a predetermined path, it is desirable that the system be lightweight and inexpensive, while being capable of forward and backward movement along the path. To accomplish this, an apparatus is provided for moving the item having a hollow holding means, such as a tube, with a slot which extends along the predetermined path. A helically threaded means is provided inside the holding means with a predetermined spacing between each of the threads. Driving means mesh with the space between the threads to move the helically threaded means relative to the hollow holding means. Mounting means, such as pins, are provided on the helically threaded means to extend through the opening in the holding means for connection of an item to the helically threaded means. As an alternative to the helically threaded means, a cable having alternating large and small diameter regions can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Inventor: Daniel Crimaldi
  • Patent number: 4269122
    Abstract: In systems for moving items such as novelties along a predetermined path, it is desirable that the system be lightweight and inexpensive, while being capable of forward and backward movement along the path. To accomplish this, an apparatus is provided for moving the item having a hollow holding means, such as a tube, with a slot which extends along the predetermined path. A helically threaded means is provided inside the holding means with a predetermined spacing between each of the threads. Driving means mesh with the space between the threads to move the helically threaded means relative to the hollow holding means. Mounting means, such as pins, are provided on the helically threaded means to extend through the opening in the holding means for connection of an item to the helically threaded means. As an alternative to the helically threaded means, a cable having alternating large and small diameter regions can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1981
    Inventor: Daniel Crimaldi
  • Patent number: 4170943
    Abstract: An improved roller coaster system is provided having a track in the shape of a mobius band and a carriage assembly mounted for movement thereon. Passenger seating means are provided which are rotated and translated in a multiplanar manner as the carriage assembly proceeds along the helical portion of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1979
    Inventor: Prakash M. Achrekar