Canals Patents (Class 104/73)
  • Patent number: 9533232
    Abstract: Launcher for a slide and method for starting a sliding process in a slide way, in particular a water slide, having a starting ramp, which includes a slide section having a slide surface, which has a loading zone for at least one user, which extends from an entry-side end of the slide section to a blocking device arranged in the slide section, the blocking device blocking the slide surface when in a starting position, and having a pivoting device, by which the starting ramp can be moved from a loading position to a starting position, and having a control device, which actuates the pivoting movement of the starting ramp between the loading position and the starting position and the blocking device between the starting position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AQUARENA HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Braun
  • Patent number: 9480906
    Abstract: Provided is a water raceway device comprising a tub and a raceway insert. The tub is adapted to contain water to a functional depth, is open at the top, and is bounded by a set of side walls and a set of end walls. The raceway insert has a pair of dividers each having a first end, and a base. The base is engaged with the first ends of the dividers, has supports adapted for supporting the base on the tub, has a pair of slots elongated to define a forward direction and a rearward direction, each slot having slidably engaged therewith a handle, the handle having a paddle pivotably mounted thereon, and wherein each paddle can be moved in the forward direction or in the rearward direction. The dividers and the side walls define within the tub, wave sluices and a current sluice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: William H. Peters, Kevin H. Peters
  • Patent number: 8850987
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method and system for expandable modular raft and a water ride using the same. In one embodiment, the expandable modular raft can include a raft, and a base unit attached to the raft and configured to receive a building block. The building block can be configured to be force fit to the base unit and/or each other. Furthermore, the building block could be formed from various shapes. The expandable modular raft can be used in a water ride and can float along a path such as a river. Interactive units such as water guns can be placed along the path to allow observers to interact with the riders. Furthermore, a raft area can be located adjacent the path to store the rafts, while a building block area can be located adjacent the path to store the building blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Lévesque, Tat K. Won, Peter Petkov, Raymond J. Dubois
  • Patent number: 8826824
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control system comprising: a sliding surface; a vehicle adapted to slide on said sliding surface; and a linear motor associated with the vehicle and the sliding surface for affecting sliding motion of the vehicle on the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: HM Attractions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D Hunter, Andreas Tanzer
  • Patent number: 8453579
    Abstract: A boat capture assembly that enhances control over boats moved by a track assembly through a body of water. The capture assembly includes a mounting plate attached to a positionable portion of the track assembly (such as to a bogie). The capture assembly includes a rigid extension arm with a first end attached to the mounting plate and a pivot structure, defining a pivot surface, rigidly attached to a second end of the rigid extension arm. The capture assembly includes a receiver cavity provided in a bottom surface of a hull of a boat. The receiver cavity includes a sidewall or body with an opening receiving the pivot structure, with the sidewall defining a well or recessed surface with a cross sectional shape and size to receive and allow vertical movement of the pivot structure but to restrain fore and aft movement of the hull relative to the pivot structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8375864
    Abstract: A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Publication number: 20130025491
    Abstract: A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8136453
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control system comprising: a sliding surface; a vehicle adapted to slide on said sliding surface; and a linear motor associated with the vehicle and the sliding surface for affecting sliding motion of the vehicle on the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: HM Attractions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Hunter, Andreas Tanzer
  • Patent number: 8091483
    Abstract: A boat ride with precise speed and orientation control. The ride includes a track assembly positioned in a water basin and includes front and rear bogies engaging the track assembly. The boat ride includes a passenger boat and front and rear tethering assemblies coupling the front and rear bogies, respectively, to the boat. The ride includes a propulsion assembly positioned along the track assembly that is operable to independently propel, with linear motors, the front and rear bogies at the same or differing first and second velocities by applying a magnetic force to reaction plates on the bogies. The track assembly includes a joined section and a divided section, which includes a primary track on which the front bogie travels and a secondary track, spaced apart from the primary track, on which the rear bogie travels. The boat may be rotated to any orientation in the divided track section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Sumner
  • Patent number: 7437998
    Abstract: A water ride containing at least one watercraft is described, having at least a floating body and a chassis which is connected thereto in an articulated manner and which serves as a guide unit, and a guide for the chassis which runs in the water, and a drive for the watercraft, wherein the floating body is connected to the chassis via a connection unit which comprises flexible elements and which allows relative movements of the floating body with respect to the chassis, wherein arranged on the floating body and on the chassis are associated coupling elements which serve for rigidly connecting the floating body and the chassis in at least one relative position, and in that the coupling elements are designed in such a way that the floating body is fixed on the chassis after being lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Mack Rides GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Guenter Burger, Frank Sornik, Thorsten Koebele, Jens Gessner
  • Patent number: 6971317
    Abstract: Passenger boats are accelerated along a submerged guide rail structure that is arranged in various closed loop courses, including “Figure-Eight,” hour-glass, serpentine and oval patterns, as well as linear guide track structures that extend in parallel between a launch station and a return station. A dual “Figure-Eight” watercourse includes a simulated jump ramp and an under-ground tunnel arrangement. The launching and operating speed of each boat relative to the other is controlled so that the boats approach and pass in close proximity to each other and then recede from each other as they travel in opposite directions along adjacent guide track sections, and in passing, project water spray onto each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 6860209
    Abstract: Passenger boats are accelerated along a submerged guide rail structure that is arranged in various closed loop courses, including “Figure-Eight,” hour-glass, serpentine and oval patterns, as well as linear guide track structures that extend in parallel between a launch station and a return station. A dual “Figure-Eight” watercourse includes a simulated jump ramp and an underground tunnel arrangement. The launching and operating speed of each boat relative to the other is controlled so that the boats approach and pass in close proximity to each other and then recede from each other as they travel in opposite directions along adjacent guide track sections, and in passing, project water spray onto each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 6629501
    Abstract: Passenger boats are mounted on an undercarriage assembly that includes rail-mounted centering wheels. The passenger boats are accelerated by linear induction drive motors mounted on a guide rail structure. Thrust is applied to the racing boats by magnetically conductive reaction plates that are attached to the undercarriage assembly and are movable through linear flux slots formed in the induction stators of the linear induction motors. The submerged guide track structure is arranged in various closed loop courses, including “Figure-Eight,” an hour-glass, serpentine and oval patterns, as well as parallel guide track structures that extend between a launch station and a return station. A dual “Figure-Eight” watercourse includes a simulated jump ramp and an underground tunnel arrangement. In the continuous loop guide structure, two or more boats are launched and separation is maintained by a safety block arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 6553915
    Abstract: A traffic system is disclosed to include a passageway defining a moving direction and a vehicle mounted in the passageway and running along the moving direction. In one instance, the passageway has two inner side walls and an inner bottom wall having a transverse cross-section formed into a continuous smooth surface. In further a instance, there is provided with a buoyant fluid stored in the passageway for generating a buoyancy while displaced by the vehicle. A traffic method is also provided to include steps of providing a vehicle, providing a medium for carrying thereon the vehicle moving therealong, and providing a buoyant medium for reducing a weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Hong-Li Tseng
  • Patent number: 6354223
    Abstract: Passenger boats are mounted on an undercarriage assembly that includes rail-mounted centering wheels. The passenger boats are accelerated by linear induction drive motors mounted on a guide rail structure. Thrust is applied to the racing boats by magnetically conductive reaction plates that are attached to the undercarriage assembly and are movable through linear flux slots formed in the induction stators of the linear induction motors. The submerged guide track structure is arranged in various closed loop courses, including “Figure-Eight,” an hour-glass, serpentine and oval patterns, as well as parallel guide track structures that extend between a launch station and a return station. A dual “Figure-Eight” watercourse includes a simulated jump ramp and an underground tunnel arrangement. In the continuous loop guide structure, two or more boats are launched and separation is maintained by a safety block arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 6179088
    Abstract: Dining service is provided at locations surrounding a plurality of watercourse loops which are linked by shunts, allowing travel of sushi boats from one watercourse to another. This allows sushi chefs to be stationed within each watercourse loop preparing food at separate locations, yet allowing the food to circulate among all diners. Selectively movable gates may be used to close off watercourse loops or to divert boats in a manner such that either a single loop trip is made or a trip over extended loops is made. Watercourses are fabricated by joining modular sections of fiberglass liner, including straight sections, curved sections and Y-shaped sections. The food preparation region of each loop may be accessed by a tunnel beneath the loops, particularly useful for persons in wheelchairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Len-Sun Lai
  • Patent number: 6170403
    Abstract: A boat for spillwater raft rides or similar rides having running gear includes running wheels and lateral guide wheels to accept a force exerted by a portion of the track. A safety device is provided that consists of safety wheels or runners. The latter are located above lateral guide wheels and designed to engage safety rails placed along the line to accept lifting forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Heinrich Mack GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Georg Behringer
  • Patent number: 6158352
    Abstract: A mobile machine for rehabilitating a track has a machine frame extending in a longitudinal direction and supported by undercarriages for mobility on the track in an operating direction, the machine frame being composed of a leading frame part with respect to the operating direction and a trailing frame part connected to the leading frame part by an articulation, with at least one working unit being mounted on the machine frame for adjustment relative thereto. A reference system for controlling the position of the working unit is arranged on the leading frame part and consists of a reference line extending in the longitudinal direction between two of said undercarriages, a measuring axle designed to roll on the track, and a measuring device connected to the measuring axle for detecting a movement, transversely to the longitudinal direction, of the measuring axle relative to the reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Bernhard Lichtberger
  • Patent number: 6145442
    Abstract: An underwater mobile observatory system comprising an aquarium (20) able to hold water and large enough to support fish, coral, and to display artificial objects such as shipwrecks and ruins, a vehicle track (21) extending through the aquarium (20), the track (21) generally being adjacent the bottom of the aquarium (20), the track (21) having a portion (24) which rises to a loading/unloading position, and a passenger vehicle (22) coupled to the track (21) for movement therealong and unable to leave the track (21) such that inclination of the track (21) causes the vehicle (22) to move up and down through water in the aquarium (20), the passenger vehicle (22) having a main body portion to seat passengers and which is capable of being submerged, and a top portion which is open to the air, the spacing between the track (21) and the water level being controlled such that water does not pass over the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Underwater Mobile Observatories Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Anthony Lofts
  • Patent number: 6073561
    Abstract: A box car for transporting bulk material comprises a frame supported on undercarriages running on a track, a box supported on the frame for storing the bulk material, a bottom conveyor band arranged in the box, the bottom conveyor band being reversibly drivable in opposite conveying directions, and an inclined transfer conveyor band projecting beyond one end of the box car. A chute is arranged at an end of the box car opposite the one end and spaced from the transfer conveyor, an end of the bottom conveyor band being associated with the chute, a hopper is associated with the chute for discharging bulk material into the hopper, and a charging conveyor band has a discharge end above the hopper, the charging conveyor band being displaceable in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Manfred Brunninger
  • Patent number: 6006672
    Abstract: A waterway for a boat amusement ride comprising first and second water troughs connected by a basin such that water flowing in the waterway changes direction through a sharp turning angle in flowing from the basin inlet to the basin outlet. Vanes in the basin cause a boat buoyantly supported and propelled by the water flow to move laterally such that the end of the boat first entering the basin leaves the basin behind the end of the boat last entering the basin, the orientation of the boat thereby being reversed as it passes through the basin. Optional elements for moving the boat laterally include water jets directed by nozzles on sidewalls of the basin and a rotating pushing member for engaging the last entering boat end. The pushing member may also be actuated laterally while abutting the last entering boat end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: O.D. Hopkins Associates, Incorporated
    Inventors: Don Newfarmer, Jeremy L. Pendelton, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5823296
    Abstract: An apparatus for serving and displaying food including a continuous watercourse. Patrons sit around a periphery of the watercourse and food carriers circulate in the watercourse and carry various types of food. The food carriers are structurally independent from one another so that each food carriers is independently removable from the the watercourse. The food carriers also have a bumper sized to maintain a predetermined spacing between the food carriers in the watercourse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventors: Yukio Iwamoto, Masako Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 5794533
    Abstract: A speed control apparatus for a waterway traveling vehicle which can guide the vehicle when it is traveling along the waterway, while applying a damping force to slow or stop the vehicle. A turning frame is provided in the waterway and is guided by a guide member for angular movement. The turning frame is urged by a spring mechanism to align in a predetermined direction, and the damping mechanism is mounted on the turning frame. When the vehicle approaches the damping mechanism obliquely, the turning frame is angularly moved to make the damping mechanism align with the direction of vehicle travel. The damping mechanism is then returned to a predetermined direction under the restoring action of the spring mechanism. In this manner the direction of the vehicle is corrected to the proper direction and is slowed or stopped by the action of the damping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventor: Yohei Takai
  • Patent number: 5779553
    Abstract: For managing water flow in a waterslide, drains are provided at one or more points between a top and bottom of a course, coupled to conduits providing gravity flow paths bypassing portions of the course. The course is defined by a sluice with a generally downhill gradient and can have at least one point of relatively lower elevation leading into a subsequent uphill run. A water supply is provided to the top of the course and optionally to other points along the course, for example being pumped from a lowermost splashdown pool. The water flows downward toward low points, flowing in the direction of waterslide riders or opposite thereto. The water is collected at one or more of the drains and fed to a lower elevation water emitter in the sluice of the same course or another course, especially at a slope leading or trailing a peak. This reduces pumping requirements because the water is used more than once along the course, and can be used to prevent intermediate pools that would reduce the riders' speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Frederick Langford
  • Patent number: 5732635
    Abstract: Cable driven racing boats compete in a simulated race including forward and return heats. In the forward heat, the racing boats are accelerated along parallel guide channels from a forward launch station into a shallow splash lake, and then hydroplane to a forward heat finish line. In the return heat, the racing boats are accelerated through the same guide channels from a return launch station located on the opposite end of the splash lake. Passengers continue to face the reverse launch station as the racing boats plunge into the shallow splash lake and hydroplane to the return heat finish line. The racing boats are stabilized by centering wheels and by guide rollers that travel along the guide channels. The racing boats are clamped onto the drive cables, and the guide rollers are mounted for rotation on tow bars that are pivotally coupled to the drive cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Errol W. McKoy
  • Patent number: 5704294
    Abstract: A theme park ride attraction includes a flume path having rafts floating on flowing water. The rafts are elevated and enter into a pipe. First and second pivoting ramps are attached to the pipe and supported by an actuator. As the rafts enter onto the first pivoting ramp, the actuator quickly drops the first ramp down, simulating a waterfall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Universal Studios, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted W. Van Winkle, Benjamin Sheldon, Nicholas H. Drobnis, Barry Upson
  • Patent number: 5664498
    Abstract: A track renewal machine comprises an elongated machine frame supported on undercarriages for mobility in an operating direction, a device for receiving ties of an old track mounted on the machine frame, a device for planing the ballast bed mounted on the machine frame, the planing device comprising a planing shield extending transversely to the machine frame and two transversely spaced boundary shields extending in the longitudinal direction at respective sides of the planing shield, and a device for laying ties of a new track mounted on the machine frame and positioned between the boundary shields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Manfred Brunninger
  • Patent number: 5474153
    Abstract: An apparatus for serving and displaying food including a continuous watercourse. Patrons sit around a periphery of the watercourse and food carriers circulate in the watercourse and carry various types of food. The food carriers are structurally independent from one another so that each food carriers is independently removable from the said watercourse. The food carriers also have a bumper sized to maintain a predetermined spacing between the food carriers in the watercourse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventors: Yukio Iwamoto, Masako Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 5465666
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for changing railway sleepers is disclosed wherein lifting devices are spaced along a section of railway line to be repaired. The lifting devices simultaneously lift and separate the rails from the sleepers. Thereafter, a plough levels the ground on which new sleepers will be placed. Finally, new sleepers are inserted under the rails. The plough additionally serves to provide a foundation upon which the rails are supported, and should it be necessary, the plough can support the weight of a passing train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Jaakko Niiranen
  • Patent number: 5456180
    Abstract: A mobile machine for rehabilitating a ballast bed comprises an elongated machine frame supported by spaced apart undercarriages on the track for mobility in an operating direction. Mounted on the machine frame between the undercarriages are a vertically adjustable device for excavating ballast, a ballast discharge device arranged rearwardly of the ballast excavating device in the operating direction, the ballast discharge device having a discharge end, and a track lifting device and a vertically adjustable ballast tamping head arranged rearwardly of the discharge end of the ballast discharge device. The track lifting device comprises flanged rollers supporting the track lifting device on the track, and the ballast tamping head comprises reciprocable tamping tools for tamping the discharged ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Herbert Worgotter, Friedrich Oellerer
  • Patent number: 5435252
    Abstract: A mobile working machine for treatment of a ballast bed or subgrade for a ack comprised of rails fastened to ties includes a machine frame which is defined by a longitudinal axis and supported by undercarriages for movement in an operating direction along a track, and a track lifting unit which is vertically adjustably mounted to the machine frame between two undercarriages for lifting the track. The track lifting unit includes a load-bearing member which extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the machine frame and has a length exceeding a tie length. The load-bearing member forms with its drives a structural unit, which encircles the track in a direction transversely to the machine frame during operation and is solely supported by the machine frame, and has a rolling element which is rotatable about an axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the machine frame for providing a support for the ties of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: die Firma Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen - Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Manfred Brunninger
  • Patent number: 5282772
    Abstract: In the simulator for shooting down the rapids in accordance with the present invention, a platform is installed on one side of a water channel in which a boat moves, and a theater zone is installed on the other side. In the theater zone, a boat swaying device and a wind generating device are installed, and these devices are successively operated in synchronization with the picture projected on a screen in the theater zone by a projector. Also, according to the present invention, three spherical seats are arranged in an isosceles triangle form under the boat moving in the water channel, and three vertically movable swaying rods are installed under the water channel in the theater zone at the positions corresponding to the spherical seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shozo Ninomiya, Takashi Maeda
  • Patent number: 5277662
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for moving passengers in and out of an amusement ride of the type having a passenger cabin capable of movement in multiple degrees of freedom within an enclosure. The cabin includes ingress doors on one side of the cabin and egress doors on the other side to admit and discharge passengers from seats within the cabin. Another set of ingress and egress doors are provided on opposite sides of the enclosure in respective alignment with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin when the cabin is at rest in a loading position. A plurality of ingress and egress platforms, located outside the operating envelope of the cabin when the cabin is in motion, are adapted to be moved to a deployed position when the cabin is in the loading position to connect the ingress and egress doors of the enclosure with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin. In this way, movement of passengers in and out of the cabin, which is spaced from the enclosure, is provided in a rapid and orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Fox, Maurice G. Leasure, Gregory S. Kadorian, Douglas R. LeBlanc, David L. Harbaugh, James E. Poole
  • Patent number: 5201127
    Abstract: A ballast metering method and apparatus is disclosed which utilizes a rail mounted metering hopper having a set of forward discharge outlets for directing ballast laterally and downwardly beneath the rails under the pressure of a volume of ballast retained in the hopper. This volume is maintained at a continuously maintained level by selective addition of ballast to the hopper. The discharged ballast forms a pair of spaced apart windrows beneath the rails which is graded to a predetermined height by a sub-track grader blade associated with the hopper. A center discharge opening at the rear of the hopper allows ballast to be directed between the graded windrows. A pair of lateral chutes permit discharge of ballast outwardly of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Keshaw Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John B. Whitaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5172638
    Abstract: A dust suppression system is particularly designed for the control of dust generated by a self-propelled, on-site, shoulder ballast cleaning machine. The shoulder ballast cleaning machine scoops up the stone ballast of a railroad track bed, separates the ballast from dirt and debris, and replaces the ballast along the shoulder of the track bed. The dust suppression system includes a main pressure line extending along the length of the shoulder ballast cleaning machine, and a plurality of branch lines connecting the main line to spray assemblies positioned on the shoulder ballast cleaning machine at areas of primary dust generation. The various assemblies provide a liquid spray pattern to moisten the air borne dust and debris, neutralizing the static electricity charge of the dust and debris, and/or increasing the particulate weight, and causing the dust and debris to rapidly settle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis R. Mathison, Charles R. Mackey
  • Patent number: 5172635
    Abstract: A track working machine for the controlled lowering of a track comprises a machine frame, at least one undercarriage supporting the machine frame on the track for mobility in an operating direction, a track stabilization unit for compacting the ballast whereby the track is lowered, the track stabilization unit being vertically adjustably mounted on the machine frame and including rail-engaging roller tools subjected to substantially horizontal vibrations extending transversely to the machine frame and the track, and a broom vertically adjustably mounted on the machine frame ahead of the track stabilization unit in the operating direction, the broom being rotatable about an axis extending transversely to the machine frame and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 5167321
    Abstract: Conveying system for transportable objects, especially inflatable, semi-rigid, and rigid rafts, using hook and loop materials to releasably secure the transported objects to conveyors during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: Louis T. Brodrick, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5161104
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for moving passengers in and out of an amusement ride of the type having a passenger cabin capable of movement in multiple degrees of freedom within an enclosure. The cabin includes ingress doors on one side of the cabin and egress doors on the other side to admit and discharge passengers from seats within the cabin. Another set of ingress and egress doors are provided on opposite sides of the enclosure in respective alignment with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin when the cabin is at rest in a loading position. A plurality of ingress and egress platforms, located outside the operating envelope of the cabin when the cabin is in motion, are adapted to be moved to a deployed position when the cabin is in the loading position to connect the ingress and egress doors of the enclosure with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin. In this way, movement of passengers in and out of the cabin, which is spaced from the enclosure, is provided in a rapid and orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Fox, Maurice G. Leasure, Gregory S. Kadorian, Douglas R. LeBlanc, David L. Harbaugh, James E. Poole, Donald A. Hoffend, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5090483
    Abstract: In combination with a mobile ballast cleaning machine advancing continuously in an operating direction along a railroad track, which comprises a ballast excavating chain including a transverse course extending under the track and driven to excavate a transversely extending portion of the ballast bed during the continuous advancement of the machine: a device connected to the machine for continuous advancement therewith and arranged to receive ballast deposited on the ballast bed and the track ties ahead of the transverse ballast excavating chain course and to discharge the received ballast in the transversely extending excavated ballast bed portion, the device comprising a ballast receiving and discharging element extending in the direction of the track, and a vertical adjustment drive arranged to lower the element onto the upper surfaces of the ties between the rails whereby the ballast deposited on the ballast bed and the track ties is separated from the underlying ballast bed and is received on the element
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Friedrich Oellerer
  • Patent number: 5033392
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading and unloading passengers from watercraft, such as for use in boat rides at amusement parks, include a substantially planar inclined platform mounted for rotation about an axis perpendicular to the plane of the platform. The platform extends obliquely to the path of the watercraft so that a section of the platform is submerged. Watercraft traveling along a predetermined path are engaged by a section of the rotating platform as it surfaces and is carried by the platform over an arcuate path as it rotates. The watercraft is disengaged from the rotating platform as the section of the platform on which it rests submerges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Waagner-Biro Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Walter Schemitsch
  • Patent number: 5021954
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for moving passengers in and out of an amusement ride of the type having a passenger cabin capable of movement in multiple degrees of freedom within an enclosure. The cabin includes ingrees doors on one side of the cabin and egress doors on the other side to admit and discharge passengers from seats within the cabin. Another set of ingress and egress doors are provided on opposite sides of the enclosure in respective alignment with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin when the cabin is at rest in a loading position. A plurality of ingress and egress platforms, located outside the operating envelope of the cabin when the cabin is in motion, are adapted to be moved to a deployed position when the cabin is in the loading position to connect the ingress and egress doors of the enclosure with the ingress and egress doors of the cabin. In this way, movement of passengers in and out of the cabin, which is spaced from the enclosure, is provided in a rapid and orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Fox, Maurice G. Leasure, Gregory S. Kadorian, Douglas R. LeBlanc, David L. Harbaugh, James E. Poole, Donald A. Hoffend, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4998483
    Abstract: A bogie unit including at least one wheeled axle pivotally movable about a central vertical axis, a drawbar pivotally secured to a pivot point, and a control device connected to the axle and engaged with the drawbar, the control device being movable, at least to a limited extent, relatively to the drawbar, and permitting pivotal movement of the axle, at least to a limited extent, relatively to the drawbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Goldfieds Engineering (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Petrus D. Prins
  • Patent number: 4967847
    Abstract: An articulated ballast cleaning system utilizes a pair of ballast cleaners each dedicated to cleaning only a portion of the ballast bed of a railroad track, such that one cleans the peripheral ballast while the other cleans the center ballast. Spoil or waste ballast is conveyed forwardly along the apparatus for disposal, while cleaned ballast is conveyed rearwardly for replacement aft of an undercutter device. Fresh ballast may be conveyed forwardly along the apparatus to supplement the cleaned ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Kershaw Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John B. Whitaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4953467
    Abstract: A continuously advancing track surfacing machine for compacting a ballast bed comprises a power-actuated, vertically adjustable track stabilization assembly mounted on the machine frame between front and rear undercarriages supporting the machine frame on the track. The track stabilization assembly includes rail-engaging vibratory roller tools and a drive for pressing the roller tools into engagement with the facing gage sides of the track rails, and a track leveling reference system monitors the track level. A vertically adjustable plow arrangement for smoothing the ballast bed is mounted on the machine frame between the undercarriages and associated with the track stabilization assembly, the plow arrangement extending across the track at least from one of the tie ends to the opposite tie end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4911246
    Abstract: A ballast cleaning machine comprises a machine frame comprising two frame parts, one of the ends of one machine frame part adjoining one of the ends of the other machine frame part while the machine frame part ends opposite to the one ends are remote from each other, and the adjoining machine frame part ends being pivotally linked to each other for pivoting about a vertical axis. Respective undercarriages support the machine frame on the track, two of the undercarriages being arranged at the remote machine part ends and a third one of the undercarriages being arranged on one of the machine frame parts in the range of the vertical pivoting axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Manfred Brunninger
  • Patent number: 4890557
    Abstract: An attachment for railroad track maintenance equipment utilizes a parallelogram linkage to position a vibrating skid on the surface of the interstitial ballast intermediate railroad crossties to loosen such ballast for subsequent removal by an undercutter device which is a part of the track maintenance equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Assignee: Kershaw Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John B. Whitaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4854243
    Abstract: A mobile machine for continuously renewing a track by replacing the rails and ties of the existing track by new rails and ties has an elongated, two-part, bridge-like machine frame supported on the track by a front and a rear undercarriage. The facing ends of the machine frame parts are pivotally coupled together at lower ends thereof, and hydraulic pivoting and blocking drives interconnect these facing ends and are effective to spread the facing machine frame part ends apart at upper ends thereof in a horizontal direction whereby the lower ends of the facing machine frame part ends are raised in a vertical direction, and the raised facing machine frame part ends are blocked in their raised position. An intermediate undercarriage supports the facing machine frame part ends on the track and is raised off the track with the lower ends of the facing machine frame part ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4840253
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for serving and displaying food is disclosed wherein nonconnected food carriers are circulated in continuous watercourse. The carriers have a circular outer perimeter and are disposed within the watercourse in a staggered arrangement. The invention further includes use of a water current so as to cause simultaneous rotation of the carriers along a vertical axis and horizontally propelling the carriers along the watercourse in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventors: Joseph T. DiMaggio, Marina A. DeMaggio
  • Patent number: 4770104
    Abstract: A mobile installation for cleaning the ballast supporting a track and subsequently leveling the track and tamping ballast under the ties of the leveled track comprises a ballast cleaning machine movable in an operating direction along the track and a track leveling, lining and tamping machine following the ballast cleaning machine in the operating direction, the track leveling, lining and tamping machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen Industriegesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Theurer
  • Patent number: 4760796
    Abstract: A mobile ballast cleaning machine comprises a machine frame supporting a ballast excavating and conveying chain, a screening installation and a cleaned ballast redistributing apparatus arranged to receive the cleaned ballast from the screening installation and to redistribute the cleaned ballast at a ballast discharge site behind the ballast excavating site. A cleaned ballast compacting device is arranged at the ballast discharge site, the compacting device comprising a plate-shaped compacting beam extending below the track and transversely thereto to the ballast discharge site, the compacting beam having opposite ends projecting beyond the track, a carrier post supporting each compacting beam end on the machine frame, and a drive connected to each carrier post for continuously reciprocating the compacting beam in a plane extending substantially parallel to the track whereby the cleaned ballast is compacted at the discharge site in a direction opposite to the operating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1988
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Manfred Brunninger