Safety Bridges Patents (Class 105/458)
  • Patent number: 10800435
    Abstract: A safety footboard for a rail transit station comprises a fixed frame base, a sliding frame, and a footboard member, the footboard member being fixed in the front of the sliding frame. The sliding frame is arranged within the fixed frame base, being in sliding connection with the fixed frame base, and horizontally extending from and retracting to the fixed frame base with the guidance of guide rails and guiding means. A driving motor is fixed on the fixed frame base, and racks are fixed on the sliding frame, the racks being driven by the driving motor, pushing or pulling the sliding frame to extend from or retract to the fixed frame base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI JIACHENG RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION SAFETY SYSTEM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Heping Shi, Xianao Yin, Chaoying Zhang, Jinliang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10328954
    Abstract: A railcar system that includes a first railcar comprising a first plurality of decks and a first plurality of end doors adjacent to a respective deck of the first plurality of decks. The railcar system further comprises a second railcar comprising a second plurality of decks and a second plurality of end doors adjacent to a respective deck of the second plurality of decks. Each of the first plurality of end doors and the second plurality of end doors is configurable between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. The railcar system is further configured such that when a first end door of the first plurality of end doors of the first railcar is in its horizontal orientation it aligns with a second end door of the second plurality of end doors of the second railcar when the second end door is in its horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Huck
  • Patent number: 10245992
    Abstract: A loading ramp assembly is configured for attachment in a cargo area, and a movable cargo transport includes the cargo area. The cargo area includes a floor, a first sidewall disposed transverse to the floor and a second sidewall disposed transverse to the floor. The first and second sidewalls are spaced apart and generally align with each other. The loading ramp assembly includes a ramp pivotable inside the cargo area relative to the floor between a use position in which at least a portion of the ramp is disposed in a generally horizontal orientation on top of the floor and a storage position in which the ramp is spaced from the floor and secured in a generally vertical orientation along at least one of the first and second sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Garrison, Michael J. Briskey, Robert W. Glesner
  • Patent number: 10099708
    Abstract: A passenger rail vehicle includes at least one linearly movable step platform which is disposed in a boarding region of the rail vehicle and is used to bridge a gap in the horizontal direction between the boarding region of the rail vehicle and a station platform. The step platform includes a front section which forms part of a step surface of the step platform. The front section is mounted about a horizontal axis so that it can pivot on the step platform to form a ramp between a remaining step surface of the step platform and the station platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Axel Krueger
  • Patent number: 10040096
    Abstract: A system of coating a component or part of a vehicle, device, or an apparatus with an abrasive resistant material (ARM) in order to increase the component or part's life cycle. A welding system can be used to deposit ARM between a lead electrode and a trail electrode and also deposit ARM behind the trail electrode. The welding system can also be used to deposit ARM that includes a lead electrode depositing the steel material and a trailing electrode that delivers an alloying material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Behmlander, Christopher Barnes, Matthew Robinson
  • Patent number: 9796538
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for transporting items along a conveying path from a loading station to a discharge station comprises a car that can be driven in a conveying direction along the conveying path, the car having a frame and a first load-handling device borne by the frame, which is mounted so as to be infinitely adjustable in height in a controlled manner relative to the frame, wherein a second load-handling device is arranged on the frame adjacent to the first load-handling device and is mounted independently thereof so as to be infinitely adjustable in height in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: BEUMER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Heino Heitplatz
  • Patent number: 9505330
    Abstract: An entry aid for a rail vehicle or a motor vehicle have a step, which is movably supported on rolling elements and/or sliding surfaces, and a drive, which is coupled to the step for extending and retracting the step. The rolling elements/sliding surfaces are positioned in exactly three support regions at a distance from one another and arranged in a triangle. Alternatively the rolling elements/sliding surfaces can be arranged on rockers, and bearing points of the rockers can be positioned in exactly three support regions at a distance from one another and arranged in a triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRĂ„NKTER HAFTUNG
    Inventors: Andreas Hirtenlehner, Johann Wilflinger
  • Patent number: 9340139
    Abstract: A trailer ramp system which may be easily transitioned between a rested position against the inner wall of a trailer and a lowered position extending out of the trailer. The trailer ramp system generally includes one or more ramps which are adjustable between a first storage position against an inner wall of a trailer and a second lowered position extending out of the trailer for use in loading or unloading objects. A mount rod is utilized in combination with a rotational assembly and an L-bar to allow the ramp to be adjusted into various positions. An anchor on the inner wall of the trailer may be utilized with a locking pin to secure the ramp against the inner wall in its storage position. Two or more ramps may be utilized in combination with each other for loading or unloading vehicles such as ATV's or UTV's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Ron Morrell
  • Publication number: 20150101505
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an interior panel being configured to at least cover a portion of a side of a gangway between at least a first passenger car and a second passenger car. Reel mechanisms are in engagement with the interior panel. The reel mechanisms are operable to curl portions of sides of the interior panel to accommodate a change in distance between the passenger cars. Curling devices are in engagement with the reel mechanisms and are configured to urge the reel mechanisms to curl sides of the interior panel. At least one connection rod mechanism is in engagement with the reel mechanisms and is configured to be operable to support a middle portion of the interior panel. Connection fixing devices are configured to join the reel mechanisms to the passenger cars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Irwin Tsai
  • Patent number: 7913628
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Patent number: 7784406
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Publication number: 20090114116
    Abstract: The invention relates to a convoy comprising at least two intercoupled rail vehicles between which an adapter is arranged, said adapter including at least two interconnectable sets of bellows which are respectively provided with a plurality of frames, in addition to adapter sheets, and a support for the adapter sheets, that can be displaced on a sliding plate arranged between the rail vehicles above a coupling device. At least one anti-catching device is provided on the intercoupled end regions of the rail vehicles, said anti-catching devices extending essentially over the entire width of the vehicle, and the two rail vehicle are intercoupled by a spiral sleeve. The sliding plate is embodied as three parts, part of the sliding plate arranged on the spiral sleeve being detachably connected to the coupling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Clemens Eger, Georg Fleischmann
  • Publication number: 20080276832
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Patent number: 7178467
    Abstract: The door threshold for a railway vehicle is intended to partially fill the gap between the vehicle and a platform. It comprises a support (22) which can be connected to the structure (16) of the railway vehicle and a strip (24) which is retained by the support (22). The strip (24) can be displaced between a normal position, in which it projects relative to the support (22), and a position retracted in the support (22). It comprises means (30A, 30B) for clamping the strip against at least a clamping surface (30A, 30B) of the support in order to produce friction of a specific value between the strip (24) and the support (22) counter to the displacement of the strip (24) relative to the support (22) in the plane of the or each clamping surface (30A, 30B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Alstom Transport SA
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Le Bellec, Christophe Gomis
  • Patent number: 6857376
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. The rail road car can be coupled to other rail road cars of the same type. Bridge plates are provide that permit wheeled vehicles to be conducted between adjacent rail road cars. The bridge plates have one end mounted to the rail road car at a pivot fitting. The pivot fitting allows the bridge plate to be moved from a length-wise position spanning the gap between cars, to a cross-wise stowed position. The bridge plates have fittings which permit three degrees of freedom relative to the adjacent rail road cars, namely a first degree of freedom to tolerate yawing motion of the first rail road car, a second degree of freedom to accommodate yawing motion of the second rail road car, and a third degree of freedom to accommodate variation in distance between the respective portions of the rail road cars to which the bridge plate is mounted while the rail road cars are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Ilario A. Coslovi, James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6821065
    Abstract: A rail road car has a rail car body which includes a housing structure. The housing structure has a pair of sidewalls, a roof and at least one deck mounted to the sidewalls. An enclosed lading space is defined by the housing structure and there is at least one door for controlling access to the enclosed space. The rail road car is provided with short travel buff gear and a reduced slack, or slackless, coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventor: James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6763768
    Abstract: A latching mechanism for use with a raisable and lowerable folding ramp having a bridge section and a toe section, such ramp being carried on one end of a railway car. The latching mechanism comprises an arm-like member pivotally connected at one end thereof to a predetermined structure of such railway car and a latch means attached to and extending outwardly from one of the bridge section and toe section of such folding ramp. A latching head portion is disposed at a radially opposed end of such arm-like member, and the latching head portion including a means for securing the latch means. A rotatable latching member is disposed in the latching head portion to engage and lock such latch means when such folding ramp reaches a fully raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Hart, Gary M. Sich, John B. Carroll
  • Publication number: 20040007151
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. The rail road car can be coupled to other rail road cars of the same type. Bridge plates are provide that permit wheeled vehicles to be conducted between adjacent rail road cars. The bridge plates have one end mounted to the rail road car at a pivot fitting. The pivot fitting allows the bridge plate to be moved from a length-wise position spanning the gap between cars, to a cross-wise stowed position. The bridge plates have fittings which permit three degrees of freedom relative to the adjacent rail road cars, namely a first degree of freedom to tolerate yawing motion of the first rail road car, a second degree of freedom to accommodate yawing motion of the second rail road car, and a third degree of freedom to accommodate variation in distance between the respective portions of the rail road cars to which the bridge plate is mounted while the rail road cars are moving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Applicant: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Hario A. Coslovi, James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6666148
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. The car has deck access fittings mounted between the trucks near a collapsible hitch to provide access to the highway trailer landing gear crank, and flush mounted internal bridge plates. The rail road car has side sills having flared ends to act as a guide for the highway trailers as they are backed up. The hitch is trimmed to a relatively narrow width to lessen the likelihood of fouling the tyres of the highway trailer bogies. The car has intermediate bridge plates having a flush mounted portion to facilitate hostler truck operation. The car includes dual use cross-beams suitable for supporting the deck, acting as jacking beams to permit the car to be lifted, and as container pedestal support beams, if required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Ilario A. Coslovi, James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6647898
    Abstract: A ramp actuating mechanism for a rail vehicle having a movable ramp and a movable draft arm and coupler arrangement, wherein a spring assisted apparatus can be associated with the movable draft arm and coupler arrangement to counterbalance the load of the movable draft arm and coupler arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Wei Li
  • Publication number: 20030110975
    Abstract: A ramp actuating mechanism for a rail vehicle having a movable ramp and a movable draft arm and coupler arrangement, wherein a spring assisted apparatus can be associated with the movable draft arm and coupler arrangement to counterbalance the load of the movable draft arm and coupler arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Wei Li
  • Patent number: 6551039
    Abstract: An auto rack rail road car has a main deck and at least one upper deck for carrying automobiles. The auto rack rail road car is provided with short travel buff gear and a reduced slack, or slackless, coupler. Bridge plates are provided to span the space between adjacent coupled rail road cars. The bridge plates are able to remain in place during train motion. The bridge plates can be swung to a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventor: James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6550399
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. It has a bridge plate mounted to one end to permit wheeled vehicles to be conducted between the rail road car and an adjacently coupled rail road car. The bridge plate is movable between an extended, “drive-over” longitudinal orientation relative to the rail road car, and a side-ways, or cross-ways stowed orientation. The bridge plate can be moved to the stowed position by uncoupling the rail car, and pivoting the bridge plate to the cross-ways position. The cars can be re-coupled by placing the bridge plate in the length-wise orientation, and then advancing two cars together to form a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Ilario A. Coslovi, James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6550400
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. The rail road car can be coupled to other rail road cars of the same type. Bridge plates are provided to permit wheeled vehicles to be conducted between adjacent rail road cars. The bridge plates have one end mounted to the rail road car at a pivot fitting. The pivot fitting allows the bridge plate to be moved from a length-wise position spanning the gap between cars, to a cross-wise storage position. The bridge plates have fittings which permit three degrees of freedom relative to the adjacent rail road cars, namely a first degree of freedom to tolerate yawing motion of the first rail road car, a second degree of freedom to accommodate yawing motion of the second rail road car, and a third degree of freedom to accommodate variation in distance between the respective portions of the rail road cars to which the bridge plate is mounted while the rail road cars are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventor: James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6546878
    Abstract: A multi-unit railroad freight car and a container-carrying bridge unit for such a car. The bridge unit extends between and is carried on the adjacent body bolsters of both of a pair of drawbar-connected well units designed for carrying stacked cargo containers. The bridge unit includes a center sill, a transverse bolster at each end of the center sill, and container-supporting arms extending from the bolsters and above the body bolsters of the adjacent container well units to support a cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Gunderson, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Smith, Gregory J. Saxton
  • Patent number: 6539878
    Abstract: A rail road car has a deck for carrying wheeled vehicles. The vehicles can be circus loaded over sets of movable bridge plates extending between the rail road car and adjacently coupled rail road cars. A transition plate system is provided to span the space between the end of the deck and the bridge plate. The transition plate system includes a crank assembly that is operable to lift transition plates, permitting the bridge plates to be moved to a cross-wise position, or to an extended position. Raising the transition plates also facilitates coupling of cars by raising the transition plate out of the way of an incoming bridge plate toe of an adjacent car. The incoming toe is able to cause the opposite transition plate to be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Ilario A. Coslovi, James W. Forbes
  • Patent number: 6443070
    Abstract: The invention concerns a floor making it possible to circulate between two vehicles connected together by an articulated connection. The floor according to the invention includes a first deck fixed to the end of one of the vehicles and a second deck fixed to the end of the other vehicle. These two fixed decks are each partially covered by a movable deck, and are connected to each other by two deformable members including links and connecting rods. The movable deck is thus guided kinematically by the deformable parallelogram during the movements of the vehicles, notably when going round bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Faiveley Transport
    Inventor: Thierry Pierre Mauberger
  • Patent number: 6338175
    Abstract: A movable safety tunnel rides on parapets within a bridge. The safety tunnel is locked in place in a respective section of the bridge while maintenance or other operations are performed on that section of the bridge. This allows the traffic to flow through the safety tunnel and along the bridge, and the safety tunnel shields the traffic from any dust or debris. When the maintenance on that respective section of the bridge has been completed, the safety tunnel is unlocked and pushed (and/or pulled) by suitable equipment to the next adjacent section of the bridge; and the safety tunnel is again locked in place as the maintenance is performed. This procedure continues, progressively, along the bridge. In one embodiment, the safety tunnel has a trolley system riding on respective rails constructed on top of the parapets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignees: Orah Constuctive Technologies Incorporated, Alpha Painting & Construction Company
    Inventors: Valery Tsimmerman, Antonios E. Aikaterinidis
  • Patent number: 6170106
    Abstract: A movable safety tunnel rides on parapets within a bridge. The safety tunnel is locked in place in a respective section of the bridge while maintenance or other operations are performed on that section of the bridge. This allows the traffic to flow through the safety tunnel and along the bridge, and the safety tunnel shields the traffic from any dust or debris. When the maintenance on that respective section of the bridge has been completed, the safety tunnel is unlocked and pushed (and/or pulled) by suitable equipment to the next adjacent section of the bridge; and the safety tunnel is again locked in place as the maintenance is performed. This procedure continues, progressively, along the bridge. In one embodiment, the safety tunnel has a trolley system riding on respective rails constructed on top of the parapets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignees: Alpha Painting & Construction Co., Inc., Orah Constructive Technologies
    Inventors: Valery Tsimmerman, Antonios E. Aikaterinidis
  • Patent number: 6167816
    Abstract: The present invention is a cartridge bridge plate assembly for mounting under a floor structure of a transit vehicle adjacent a door opening. It has a frame assembly and means for attaching the frame assembly underneath the floor structure of the vehicle. It has a bridge plate for covering a gap between the floor of the vehicle and an adjacent surface to facilitate passenger ingress and egress when the vehicle is stopped. It has a bridge plate positioning means for positioning the bridge plate and accommodating motion of the bridge plate from a stowed position within the frame assembly to an extended position for covering the gap. A motor is connected to the bridge plate positioning means for moving the bridge plate from the stowed position to the extended position and from the extended position to the stowed position. The system includes a power connection to the motor, and a drive screw connected to and rotated by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventors: Evin Lavery, Fotios Golemis
  • Patent number: 6009813
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection between two vehicles hinged to one another, e.g. railway coaches or underground coaches, whereas the connection comprises a bellows and an intercommunicating gangway, whereas the connection may be divided transversely to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle into two connection sections, the one forming the bellows section and the other the gangway section (30, 10), whereas each connection section (1) is held by tension means (40) hinged on the coach body (60) of the vehicle and the intercommunicating gangway section (10) is designed as an articulated gangway section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi - Und Kunststoff
    Inventor: Ingo Britzke
  • Patent number: 5845584
    Abstract: A bridge plate assembly for use in moving vehicles between rail cars for loading and unloading has sufficient length to span the space between adjacent rail cars and has sufficient width to accommodate vehicles of varying wheelbase. The plate assembly includes two relatively movable telescoping load bearing members, each of which includes a plurality of spaced tubular members and a support member at each end of each plate member joining the tubular members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Standard Car Truck Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Bullock, Bruce M. Bullock
  • Patent number: 5775232
    Abstract: A power operated retractable floor extension, extending outward from the floor of a mass transit vehicle. When extended, the floor portion bridges any gap between the vehicle floor and adjacent platform, thereby providing improved passenger access to the vehicle. Generally speaking, the extended member complies with existing United States Federal Regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Vapor Corporation
    Inventors: Fotios Golemis, Alf J. Olsen
  • Patent number: 5771812
    Abstract: The articulated gangway forming part of a corridor between two vehicles or vehicle parts hinged together comprises: two or more stepping and gliding members which are hinged to each other; supporting elements between the stepping and gliding members, the stepping and gliding members being located generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the supporting elements and are movable by the supporting elements; and coiled spring elements on the supporting elements and between adjacent stepping and gliding members to return the stepping and gliding members to their original position after the articulated gangway has gone through a cornering maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi-Und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventor: Ingo Britzke
  • Patent number: 5690033
    Abstract: A deformable gangway (14), located between two successive loading platforms (15) and (16) for a road or a railroad chassis, is composed of a succession of transverse slats (25), such as metallic transverse slats, carried adjacent their ends (39) by two longitudinal supporting and guiding elements (26) and (27). The slats (25) are disposed side by side and separated from one another, at least adjacent their ends (39), by inserts (43) made of an elastic material which bear against the longitudinal supporting and guiding elements (26) and (27). The slats (25) become immobilized, when subjected to a load, and form a fixed supporting area (17) while a remainder of the other slats (25) are still able to move on a curve, as a result of relative movement between adjacent end faces (20, 21) and (22, 23) of the platforms (15) and (16) to which the gangway (14) interconnects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Lohr Industrie
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Andre
  • Patent number: 5596936
    Abstract: A bridge plate assembly for use in moving vehicles between rail cars for loading and unloading has sufficient length to span the space between adjacent rail cars and has sufficient width to accommodate vehicles of varying wheelbase. The plate assembly includes two relatively movable telescoping load bearing members, each of which includes a plurality of spaced tubular members and a support member at each end of each plate member joining the tubular members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Standard Car Truck Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Bullock, Bruce M. Bullock
  • Patent number: 5575222
    Abstract: A telescoping bridge plate for auto rack railroad cars for supporting automobiles being driven between railroad cars comprises a top plate with corrugations providing top surfaces separated by grooves, with the top plate having an overlapping end portion and a locking end portion, a bottom plate with corrugations providing top surfaces which seat beneath the top surfaces of the top plate, and grooves which seat beneath the grooves of the top plate, with the bottom plate having an overlapping end portion and a locking end portion, and with the top plate overlapping end portion and the bottom plate overlapping end portion being in sliding overlapping engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Pennsy Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Sauer, Charles L. Van Auken, John W. Rudibaugh
  • Patent number: 5535681
    Abstract: A bridge plate assembly for use in moving vehicles between rail cars for loading and unloading is of sufficient width to accommodate vehicles of varying wheelbase and includes relatively movable telescopic bridge panel members. One of the panel members has top and bottom face layers bonded to an intermediate low density core. The other panel member is in the form of a hollow shroud which in part encloses the first identified panel member. The relatively movable panel members are biased toward maximum extension and there is a stop for limiting the extension of the panel members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Standard Car Truck Company
    Inventors: John T. Sarnicki, Bruce M. Bullock
  • Patent number: 5515792
    Abstract: A bridge plate assembly for use in moving vehicles between rail cars for unloading and loading has a sufficient length to span the space between adjacent rail cars and has sufficient width to accommodate vehicles of varying wheelbase. The plate assembly includes two load bearing plate members, positioned one on top of another, with one end of each plate member being formed and adapted to be attached to the end of a rail car. Each plate member has top and bottom face layers bonded to an intermediate low density core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Standard Car Truck Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Bullock, Bruce M. Bullock, Dallas S. Drew, Michael C. Burkitt
  • Patent number: 5511491
    Abstract: An improved automobile transport railway car that is constructed from noncorroding materials adjacent to load carrying areas and that is enclosed by doors on both ends of the car. In the case of the articulated cars, a bellows assembly encloses and spans the ends of adjacent units. The car may be provided with two or more decks and has walls and a roof preferably constructed from nested, pultruded sections that are light in weight and are non-corrodible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Albert A. Beers, Stephen W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5471935
    Abstract: A diagonally movable linking platform forming part of a bridge between two vehicles. The linking platform is supported by the vehicles. The linking platform has two parallel extending supports for pivotally receiving the cross-beams. The supports each have a pair of guide and support rollers. The guide and support rollers are received by guide and support elements arranged on the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Huebner Gummi- und Kunststoff- GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Goebels, Heinrich Wunsch, Emil Veit-Salomon
  • Patent number: 5392717
    Abstract: An improved automobile transport railway car that is constructed from noncorroding materials adjacent to load carrying areas and that is enclosed by doors on both ends of the car. In the case of the articulated cars, a bellows assembly encloses and spans the ends of adjacent units. The car may be provided with two or more decks and has walls and a roof preferably constructed from nested, pultruded sections that are light in weight and are non-corrodible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Trinity Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold E. Hesch, Albert A. Beers, Stephen W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5226367
    Abstract: A railway loading dock is provided with adjacent trackage having pairs of main rails and stabilizing rails. A modified railway flatbed car is equipped along its sides with stabilizing wheels and associated support structure to retain the car bed coplanar with the loading dock surface to permit drive on loading and drive off unloading of large trucks. The railway car bed is equipped with bed extensions which primarily occupy that space between ends of adjacent cars to permit travel of trucks, in a straight or oblique manner, over the ends of adjacent railway cars. The stabilizing rails have inclined segments for gradual engagement with the car stabilizing wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Eric R. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 5167333
    Abstract: A shroud apparatus is provided to substantially minimize detrimental foreign matter entering into a predetermined portion of a cavity disposed at the outer end of a female connection member that receives therein the outer end of a male connection member of an articulated coupling arrangement used to connect adjacent ends of a pair of railway cars together in a semi-permanent manner. Such shroud apparatus includes a plate-like member that is positionable above and engageable with the articulated coupling arrangement in a location which will substantially prevent such foreign matter entering such cavity. The plate-like member has a predetermined size and shape such that when such shroud apparatus is viewed from the top of such articulated coupling arrangement all openings to the predetermined portion of such cavity will appear to be covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventors: Michael G. Hawryszkow, William D. Wallace, David W. Daugherty, Jr., Wajih Kanjo
  • Patent number: 5129327
    Abstract: A gondola car for use with a train of like gondola cars that comprises a body having a floor and two sidewalls, a bridge extension connected to the floor and extending outwardly beyond the two sidewalls, a wall transition member of arcuate shape extending beyond the end of one of the sidewalls, and a pivotal connector positioned adjacent the bridge extension for enabling pivotal movement between the gondola car and an adjacent gondola car. The wall transition member is fastened to one of the sidewalls and is in sliding rotational relation to a arcuate-shaped guide section on an adjacent gondola car. The bridge extension has a curved edge affixed to the bottom edge of the wall transition member. The curved edge has a radius of curvature generally equal to the radius of curvature of the arcuate-shaped of the wall transition member. The floor has a plurality of apertures for receiving a fixed cleat from a tractor/shovel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventor: Edwin deS. Snead
  • Patent number: 5036775
    Abstract: A cover for a railroad gondola car comprising a central panel, a first end portion extending downwardly from one side of the central panel, a second end portion extending downwardly from the other side of said central panel, a handle connected to the top surface of said central panel, and a locking mechanism connected to said central panel so as to releasably fix the central panel onto the gondola car. The central panel has an inverted V-shaped configuration. The handle is a longitudinal member positioned in the middle of the central panel and extending laterally across the central panel. A plurality of stiffener members extend across the central panel. The central panel includes an extension section that extends outwardly from the central panel at one end beyond the position of the stiffener members. The locking mechanism includes a tie-down strap positioned adjacent the end portion of each panel and another positioned adjacent the opposite end portion of the last panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Inventor: Edwin D. Snead
  • Patent number: 5031544
    Abstract: A connecting platform for use with the end of a railroad car, the platform cooperating with a connecting platform of another car articulated to the railroad car, both railroad cars having the usual spring-biased buffers. The connecting platform includes a platform part supported on the end of the railroad car and slidable with respect to the car in the longitudinal direction of the car, the end face of the platform part remote from the car and the end face of the buffer remote from the car being in substantially the same vertical plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the car. A linkage arrangement responds to movement of the buffer toward and away from the car for moving the platform part toward and away from the end of the car so as to maintain the end faces of the buffer and platform part in substantially the same vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi - und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Braemert, Ingo Britzke
  • Patent number: 5010614
    Abstract: An articulated bridge as a component of a detachable gangway floor plate between two articulated interconnected railroad cars, the bridge being provided with several elongated bridge elements arranged in succession laterally, and running transverse to the direction of the bridge. The articulated extremities of the bridge are defined by the side walls of a frame approximately following the contours of the bridge. One end section of the bridge is designed for attachment to one of the two interconnected railroad cars and the other end section of the bridge is designed for attachment to the corresponding end section of an articulated bridge of the other of the two interconnected railroad cars, both end sections running in the transverse direction of the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi - und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Braemert, Ingo Britzke
  • Patent number: 4964348
    Abstract: A pivoted drop end for a railway car which is adapted to be manipulated (lifted) by power equipment in the car to open or close the car end. The car end includes lower side posts, each having a cam follower running in a cam on the car frame which swings the car end about a pivot carried on each of the posts. The pivots are guided in a vertical slot and cooperates with the cam. The car end is opened outwardly of the car and rests in open horizontal position on a pedestal support of the frame so that adjacent open car ends form a bridge to move loads longitudinally of the train. The car end is dampened in lowering (opening) movement by dash-pots connected between the car end and car frame. A side dumping railway car tilts the car body to either side by sets of pneumatic cylinders, each set being alternatively under control of a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Differential Steel Car Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Flowers, John R. Murray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4869178
    Abstract: A device designed to ensure running continuity between two successive railroad or road vehicles in spite of vertical movements, the lateral sway and the torsion between the floors of said vehicles, characterized in that it includes:(a) at each end, a deformable joint (10) which ensures tightness against dust, noise and weather,(b) a self-supporting element (6), which is deformable under torsional stresses, comprised of an elastomer compound (17) reinforced by at least one pair of metal or textile cord plies (16a) and (16b) and resting on two elastic supporting members (7), which are deformable under shear stress, and(c) angle base (9) mounted onto the floors of vehicles, fitted to said continuous elastic supporting members (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Caoutchouc Manufacture et Plastiques
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Bechu, Roland Wanneroy