Bolster Connections Patents (Class 105/200)
  • Patent number: 11305790
    Abstract: A self-driving steel coil transport vehicle capable of active steering includes a load-bearing device, bogies mounted below the load-bearing device, and wheels mounted under the bogies. Two bogies are provided and arranged in a front-rear manner along the running direction of the transport vehicle. Four wheels are mounted under each bogie, and the load-bearing device is articulated with the two bogies, respectively. The transport vehicle is drivable in both a straight line and curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Fuqiang Wei, Jianli Yang, Jiangtao Zheng
  • Patent number: 11084506
    Abstract: The railway vehicle (10) includes a plurality of cars (12, 20) articulated to one another, the plurality of cars including: a single first key car (12), having a first architecture, a plurality of second cars (20), having similar second architectures different from the first architecture. The first key car (12) has no dining area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Emmanuel Kondyra
  • Publication number: 20140174317
    Abstract: A brake beam assembly for a railway car truck includes a brake beam configured to be mounted between opposed side frames of the railway car truck, a strut extending from the brake beam and brake heads coupled to the brake beam proximate to right hand and left hand ends thereof. Each brake head holds a brake shoe configured to engage a wheel of the railway car truck. Paddles extend exterior of the brake heads. The paddles have distal ends received in corresponding guide brackets of the side frames to guide movement of the brake beam. Paddle caps cover the distal ends of the paddles. The paddle caps are configured to be received in brake beam wear liners in corresponding side frames of the railway car truck. The paddle caps have a lower coefficient of friction than the paddles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: WEIPING WANG
  • Publication number: 20020144624
    Abstract: A railway truck frame for a railway truck including a first side frame and a second side frame, each side frame having an inverted trapezoidal-shaped window including a first inclined side and a second inclined side. The truck frame also includes a bolster having a first end and a second end which extends transversely between the first and second side frames. Each end of the bolster includes a first inclined channel and an opposing second inclined channel. Each channel includes an exterior flange, a spaced apart interior flange, and a bearing surface located between the exterior and the interior flanges. Each inclined side of a window is adapted to be located in a respective first or second channel between the exterior flange and the interior flange of the channel and in engagement with the bearing surface of the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventor: Jack R. Long
  • Patent number: 6371033
    Abstract: A three piece stabilized railway car truck is provided with dimensions corresponding generally with an AAR nominal 100 ton size truck and a load carrying capability satisfactory for use with railway cars having a 315,000 pound gross weight on rail rating. Various components of the truck have been modified to improve the fatigue life of each component and the overall service life of the resulting railway truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignees: TRN Business Trust, Amsted Industries Incorporated, The Timken Company
    Inventors: Stephen W. Smith, John W. Coulborn, V. Terrey Hawthorne, Samuel R. Williams, C. Dale Christie, John D. Oliver, Glen F. Lazar
  • Patent number: 6289821
    Abstract: The rail vehicle, especially for a streetcar or metropolitan transit car for local traffic, includes a car body (1) and an undercarriage (2) nonrotatably connected with each other by respective guide rods (3) each extending in a longitudinal direction. The connector members (3a) of these guide rods (3) facing the car body (1) and the corresponding receptacles (4) for them attached to the car body are arranged together in the central plane (M) of the undercarriage, which extends perpendicularly to the vehicle longitudinal axis (L). The connector members (3a) and the corresponding receptacles (4) are arranged together in the central plane (M) in a symmetrical arrangement so that a rapid reversal of the running direction of the undercarriage may be performed by only releasing the guide rods from their receptacles, rotating the undercarriage by about 180° and reconnecting the guide rods to the receptacles without moving the undercarriage from the first head end to the second head end of the car body (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Duewag Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Amrath
  • Patent number: 6220177
    Abstract: A bogie for a railway vehicle which is supported on wheels mounted on at least two axles wherein the bogie includes a chassis which includes at least one housing in the form of a tubular beam which receives a side member which connects the at least two axles. The side member is selected based upon the anticipated use of the railway vehicle to which the bogie is to be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Alstom Holdings
    Inventor: Alain Landrot
  • Patent number: 6213027
    Abstract: A railway vehicle bogie made of composite material which includes at least one elongated rigid support secured in a chassis made of composite material. The support is adapted to removably receive fasteners for mounting functional elements of the bogie at a plurality of locations along the length of the support. The process includes disposing the elongated rigid support in a mold before the bogie chassis is cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Alstom Holdings
    Inventor: Alain Landrot
  • Patent number: 6186075
    Abstract: A three-piece railcar truck assembly is disclosed. The truck assembly has two side frames and a bolster extending between the side frames. Each side frame has spaced columns defining an opening which receives one end of the bolster. Each side frame also has forward and rearward lugs at the columns, both on the inboard side and the outboard side. Each side frame lug has a stop surface that is aligned in a facing relationship with a stop surface of one bolster gib. There is a gap between the opposed side frame lug and bolster gib stop surfaces. The gap distance is limited to limit the truck warp angle. The neighboring side frame lugs and bolster gibs may be sized, shaped and spaced so that the truck warp angle may be limited to an angle of less than two degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Amsted Industries Incorporated
    Inventor: Charles P. Spencer
  • Patent number: 5992330
    Abstract: A railway vehicle truck assembly comprises the following, in part: wheel sets having longitudinally spaced, transversely extending axles, and wheels mounted to the axles; transversely spaced longitudinally extending side frames mounted to the axles; and a transversely extending bolster mounted to the side frames. The bolster has a center bowl and opposed, elongated bolster arms extending from the center bowl. The bolster arms each form spaced structural walls, a first of the structural walls of the bolster arms having a bolster anchor fitting defined thereon, and a second of the structural walls having a bolster anchor opening defined therethrough. The structural walls further define an inner cavity between the walls, and bolster anchors connect the side frames to the bolster. The bolster anchors are located transversely between the side frames, further extend to the fittings, and extend at least in part through the inner cavity of the bolster and the bolster anchor openings to brackets on the side frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Buckeye Steel Castings Co.
    Inventors: Kim T. Gilbert, Richard B. Polley, Todd A. Porter
  • Patent number: 5967053
    Abstract: Improvements in cast metal sideframes for railway trucks are disclosed, along with improvements in the processes of casting such products and the cores used in the casting process. A radial draft is provided on the casting surrounding a bolt hole at a core parting or joint line so that nuts and washers may be evenly loaded. The radial draft is formed on the sideframe column, on the side opposite the side to which a wear plate is mounted. The bolts for mounting the wear plate extend through the bolt hole, and the nuts and washers connected to the bolts bear against the tapered radial draft surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: AMSTED Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian A. Toussaint, Thomas R. Callahan, Anthony J. Bauer, Edward R. Hanson, Charles Moehling, Ronald R. Evers
  • Patent number: 5662046
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling relative movement such as rotary movement between a railway truck and a car body supported thereby to control truck hunting through application of reaction forces resisting such rotary movement which are effective primarily to resist higher velocity relative rotational movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Hansen Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Wright, Aubra D. McKisic
  • Patent number: 5327837
    Abstract: A bolster for a railroad car truck is described as having a generally hollow, box-like construction between its opposing ends which are transformed into I-shaped sections which are rigidly secured to the sideframes. The box-like frame provides the stiffness or rigidity necessary to resist high vertical and longitudinal loads which can cause the bolster to bend during operation of the truck. The I-shaped sections are relatively more flexible than the box-like frame to accommodate or absorb the twist loads that are encountered while being rigid enough to resist the loads that can cause the bolster to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: National Castings Inc.
    Inventor: Hans B. Weber
  • Patent number: 5109776
    Abstract: A railway car comprising a body and supporting truck the body having a rigid pin extending into a close-fitting socket in the truck bolster and the car body and truck bolster having close contact side bearings so that the car body and truck bolster sway essentially as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Trinity Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford Johnstone, Robert W. Lyons
  • Patent number: 4742780
    Abstract: A bolster for a railway truck is supported at opposite ends on side frames. The side frames are themselves supported at spaced longitudinal points on wheelsets that are steerable to attain a radial position relative to the curve of a track. The side frames are moveable relative to one another to accommodate the steering motion of the wheelsets and a linkage is provided between the bolster and each of the side frames to locate the bolster and distribute the lateral loads between the two side frames. The linkage comprises a pair of struts each mounted at one end to a respective side frame and connected at the other end to a common link. The link is pivotally connected to the underside of the bolster intermediate the two struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Assignee: Urban Transportation Development Corporation Limited
    Inventor: Ernest Waddington
  • Patent number: 4590864
    Abstract: A railway flat car is supported on an underframe which includes suspension support frames provided with single axle suspensions. The frames include longitudinally spaced bolsters including horizontal frame structures on which leaf springs are supported which are also carried by journals supporting the single axles. The ends of the leaf springs are supported by vertical spaced hanger straps pivotally connected at their lower ends to support brackets which are fixed to the bolster structures of the support frames. In the present improvement the brackets are welded into recesses provided in the bolsters providing an improved structure minimizing stress problems. The brackets become an integral part of the bolster structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Pullman Standard Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip G. Przybylinski
  • Patent number: 4429637
    Abstract: A radial axle railway truck has separate depressed center beam-type side frames mounted at their ends on journal bearing assemblies by means of elastomeric pad devices between downwardly facing surfaces on the side frames and upwardly facing surfaces on the bearing assemblies, the pad devices near the ends of the side frames being at a level higher than the axle centers and laterally inboard of the side frames and those remote from the ends of the side frames being at a level lower than the axle centers and laterally outboard of the side frames, thereby conforming with sloping end portions of the side frames and stabilizing the side frames against tipping transversely. The main frame of the truck has longitudinally extending side members and the side frames mount vertically acting resilient means for supporting the main frame on the side frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Lukens General Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith L. Jackson, Dallas L. Schmitt, John L. Schauster
  • Patent number: 4411202
    Abstract: The rail vehicle has two bogies each connected to the vehicle body by way of a single rod adapted to transmit traction and braking forces. The rods are disposed in the longitudinal center-plane of the body and are articulated to the body at one end and to the particular bogie at the opposite end. The rods are at an inclination such that the imaginary extension of the longitudinal axis of each rod intersects the transverse center-plane of the particular bogie concerned at a distance below the plane of the rail-top surfaces. To an extent corresponding to the distance, the axle loading of the leading wheel set of the leading bogie becomes greater than the axle loading of the second wheel set, thus compensating for the effect of reduced friction between the leading wheel set and the rails in bad weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Schweizerische Lokomitiv-und Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Ernst F. Kreissig
  • Patent number: 4408541
    Abstract: A bogie truck car body support system wherein a car body is directly supported on a truck frame by bolster springs, the system including a link arranged longitudinally of the car body and connected at one end to a link support which is fixed to the car body by a play-free shock absorber and at the other end to a pin through a play-free shock absorber and a bush rotatably fitted on the pin. The car body has neither the bush nor center pin directly connected thereto which might become wobbly. The system can be readily assembled and disassembled and is capable of reducing vibration and noise transmitted from the truck to the car body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Takai
  • Patent number: 4245564
    Abstract: A bearing socket for the pin connection of trucks to the body of rail vehicles comprises an upwardly opening cup-shaped lower part having a pivot pin receiving bore for the path of the pivot pin. An upwardly opening cup-shaped insert of resilient material is disposed within the lower part and has an annular side wall and a bottom wall with approximately the same thickness throughout. An upwardly opening cup-shaped upper part is disposed within the insert and both the insert and the upper part have bores for accommodating the pivot pin. The lower part advantageously has a hub portion and the insert is cut away and has a bead-shaped protuberance formed around the cut away portion surrounding the hub of the lower part. The outer walls of both the insert and the upper and lower parts are conically formed and shaped so that they interengage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1981
    Assignee: Waggon Union GmbH
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Eulenfeld
  • Patent number: 4233910
    Abstract: A rail vehicle, especially self-propelled vehicle, in which pulling and braking forces are transmitted between pivotless bogies and the main frame of the rail vehicle, and in which on both vehicle sides, symmetrically with regard to the longitudinal central axis of the rail vehicle, pressure and pull rods are on one hand connected to the outside of the bogies and on the other hand to hydraulic cylinder-piston systems connected to the main frame. The corresponding working chambers of the hydraulic cylinders on both sides of the vehicle are respectively adapted to communicate with each other. On each vehicle side between two bogies, there is arranged one hydraulic cylinder-piston only which has two separately acting working pistons each respectively connected to a pressure rod and pull rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1980
    Assignee: Fried. Krupp Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Friedrich Schumacher
  • Patent number: 4224876
    Abstract: A bolster bearing having a flat bottom wall and an annular sidewall is disposed in the bolster bowl of a truck bolster, a radially extending annular flange on the bearing sidewall overlying an upper surface of the upstanding rim of the truck bolster defining its bolster bowl. Cooperating elements on the rim and on the bearing flange prevent rotation of the bearing from a first position relative to the bolster bowl. The bearing may be radially shifted from its first position to a second position upon disengagement of such elements followed by a reengagement of such elements at such second position in which the bearing is likewise prevented from rotation relative to the bolster bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: Southern Railway Company
    Inventor: Glen D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 4221172
    Abstract: A railway truck assembly adapted to produce steering of the wheel axles radially to a curve independently of mere lateral motions of the car body to reduce wear and noise and also featuring a pivot connection between the bolster and the truck frame elements which; in cooperation with direct transmission of the load to the truck frame through the opposite ends of the bolster, allows to use a relatively thinner and centrally non-bulging bolster. Thus, more space is made available between the central portion of the bolster and the top of the rails; which space is advantageously used to install some equipment such as for instance a linear induction motor or LIM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Canadair Limited
    Inventor: George Sobolewski
  • Patent number: 4192239
    Abstract: A pair of mechanical springs are disposed on an air spring on each side of a truck carrying a car body. A wide plank disposed between the pairs of mechanical springs and each of the air springs is pivoted to permit vertical movements without tilting of the air springs when the mechanical springs are deflected laterally. Shock absorber means are connected between the car body and bolster along the longitudinal axis of the bolster to control lateral shocks as when the mechanical springs are laterally deflected.Mechanical springs in railway cars have employed pairs of mechanical springs in series with pneumatic springs. Multiple mechanical springs, in series with pneumatic springs, have included a heavy outer coil spring and an inner lighter coil spring coaxially nested with the heavy outer spring used to keep the stress levels on the individual springs relatively low. This arrangement is illustrated in U.S. Pat. 3,491,702 to A. G. Dean entitled "Series Pneumatic and Coil Spring Assembly".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1980
    Assignee: The Budd Company
    Inventor: John M. Paul
  • Patent number: 4173933
    Abstract: A bogie with a torsion-soft corner-stiff frame for high speed rail vehicles with a wear-resistant means interconnecting the central areas of the longitudinal beams of the bogie together with one wear-resistant means each interconnecting the longitudinal beam ends. Of the wear-resistant means, that means which is located within the region of the vertical transverse plane is designed as an intermediate joint permitting movements solely about the y-axis, whereas the wear-resistant means at the ends form components of horizontal spring leaves which form head pieces of the bogie. The ends of said spring leaves are in a corner-stiff manner connected to stiff corner pieces arranged at the ends of the longitudinal beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1979
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurnberg Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Kayserling
  • Patent number: 4161913
    Abstract: A rigid type truck or bogie frame in which the cross-member or bolster is secured at its end portions to a laterally extending central portion of each side member includes a cylindrical portion registering with the main body of the cross-member or bolster and to which the respective ends of the cross-member or bolster are secured as by by butt welding. Each central portion has an upper substantially flat face, a lower slightly convex face and two pairs of laterally protruding swells so as to reduce stress concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Assignee: Societe des Acieries de Paris et d'Outreau
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Guillaumin
  • Patent number: 4144819
    Abstract: Railway rolling-stock truck bolster or cross-member provided with a bearing for receiving the vertical pintle of the vehicle, wherein at least one of a first pair of front and rear sectors of the upper edge of the bearing, facing the front and rear end of the vehicle, respectively, is substantially tangent, in a central area, to the upper edge of a corresponding lateral wall portion of the cross member, at least one of the sectors of the first front and rear sectors of the upper edge of the bearing is connected via a pair of skew surface portions each beginning in each one of two lateral portions of said sector to a pair of inclined lateral surfaces of the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Societe des Acieries de Paris et D'Outreau
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Guillaumin
  • Patent number: 4090454
    Abstract: Railway truck construction in which truck side frames have considerable free weaving movement relative to each other about a center post of a truck bolster and in which the side frames have inner transom structure with center post bearing portions completely encircling the center post and fitting together in complementary arrangement in assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1978
    Assignee: The Budd Company
    Inventor: Albert G. Dean
  • Patent number: 4015541
    Abstract: A rail vehicle arrangement in which a load supporting bridge boom has a pair of trucks in spaced relation therebeneath and springs supporting the booms on the trucks. The trucks have no bogie pin connection with the bridge boom and the transmission of pulling and braking loads are transmitted between the bridge boom and the trucks by steering bars in the central plane of the bridge boom swivelly connected at one end to the bridge boom and swivelly connected at the other end to a respective truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1977
    Assignee: Rheinstahl AG
    Inventor: Willi Roosen
  • Patent number: 3991889
    Abstract: A railway transportation system for express delivery of cargo anywhere in the system employs standard unit trains operating throughout the system, with the individual cars in the train carrying freight in containerized units which are automatically loaded and/or unloaded at main-line terminals, thereby enabling express, reserve-passenger handling of the freight units. The unit trains are each made up of a fixed number of cars each carrying one of the specially designed containers, with the cars being adapted to automatically unload and load the containers at compatible freight terminals having an unloading station on one side of and adjacent each car of the unit train and a loading station on the opposite side of and adjacent each car when the trains are positioned in the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1976
    Inventor: Robert E. Cox
  • Patent number: 3939776
    Abstract: An improved railway truck for providing non-contact active support between the unsprung and the sprung elements as well as lateral stability and banking of vehicles used in surface supported transportation systems having unsprung surface contacting elements, sprung load carrying elements, magnetic force fields, inertial and position sensing elements mounted on the sprung element and a non-linear feedback circuit for actively varying the strength of the force field to maintain a relatively stable air gap between the unsprung and sprung elements while also holding the sprung element to a smooth course notwithstanding irregular surface conditions encountered by the surface contacting elements or variations in loading on the load carrying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1974
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1976
    Assignee: Rohr Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ross, Bert C. Harris