Wedge Adjustment Patents (Class 105/81)
  • Patent number: 6085403
    Abstract: A gangway bellows for rolling stock, where the bellows has corrugated regions forming a deformable volume, and comprises a plurality of assembled-together modules, each module being made of a rubber-base material and including at least two corrugated regions that are assembled together by vulcanization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Le Joint Francais S.N.C.
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Petit
  • Patent number: 6076470
    Abstract: The subdivided bellows of a connecting element is provided between two articulated vehicle components. The halves of the bellows are coupled at their ends to a vehicle component, and a middle frame (1) has a device for guiding supply lines (100), e.g. tubes, cables, etc., in a ceiling area of the connecting element which is movable relative to the middle frame (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi-Und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • 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: 5953997
    Abstract: A composite articulated connection between a successive first car (8) and a rear car (9) are supported by an intermediate module (10) and comprise a purely pivoting articulated front connection (LAV) pivoting about a first vertical pivot axis between the front car (8) and the intermediate module (10) and a complex rear connection (LAR) formed of a connection pivoting about a second vertical pivot axis, a lower clearance stabilization center (CIAD) and an upper clearance stabilization center (LASD). The first axis (B-B') and the second vertical pivot axis (C-C') are located closely adjacent one another or are combined with the median vertical pivot axis (A-A') of the intermediate module (10). The composite articulated connection is of interest to manufacturers of public urban transportation vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Lohr Industrie
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Andre, Martin Koerber
  • Patent number: 5884565
    Abstract: A fixture for covering the track joint between the rotary plate of the swivel joint and the bellows or concertina walls of an articulated vehicle comprises a frame to hold the track joint covering bellows, the frame (7, 9) having a mouth (11) that can be used to hold the end of the joint covering bellows (5) is place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi- und Kunstsoff GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Patent number: 5823117
    Abstract: The passenger connecting passageway between two rail vehicles includes a respective half-passageway at the end of each vehicle. Each half-passageway has a respective main frame. To lock the half-passageways together, a locking device including at least one locking hook and preferably a pair of hooks is arranged on the outside of one vertical support of the main frame of one half-passageway. A receiving pin on the adjacent main frame of the other half-passageway receives the hook and a device swings the hook selectively on and off the pin. A swingable pull together device on the inside of the half-passageway includes a pull strap supported at the vertical support on one half-passageway that hooks on a receiver on the vertical support on the other half-passageway and a ratchet rotates an arm that winds the strap to pull the half-passageways together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Fiat-Sig Schienenfahrzeuge AG
    Inventor: Arnold Ommerli
  • Patent number: 5782187
    Abstract: A pivot plate assembly for supporting vehicles over the articulation between pivotably interconnected railway car units, and allowing rolling transport of vehicles from one railway car unit to the next. Platforms are pivotably attached to respective railway car units adjacent their interconnected ends. A vehicle has its front end portion secured to one of the pivotal platforms and its rear end portion secured to the other platform while the platforms are oriented collinearly with respect to one another. The vehicle thereby maintains the pivotal platforms collinear with one another as the railway car units pivot with respect to one another. Accordingly, the pivotal platforms remain substantially stationary with respect to the vehicle supported thereon throughout pivotal movement of the railway car units to stably support the vehicle straddling the articulation between pivotably interconnected railway car units during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Thrall Car Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James E. Black, Jr., Ivan Gaster
  • 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: 5724892
    Abstract: The inner covering for the connecting corridors between cars of rail vehicles consists in each case of side wings, each of which consists of at least two independent frames (1, 2, 3) the spars of which are pivoted to each other at the corners, the frames being held in bottom and top telescopic guide rails (4). When the outermost vertical frame spars are fastened by hinges (8) to the car body or coupling frame, the inner covering can follow all movements which occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Fiat-Sig Schienenfahrzeuge AG
    Inventor: Norbert Melzer
  • Patent number: 5657698
    Abstract: A pivot plate assembly for supporting vehicles over the articulation between pivotably interconnected railway car units, and allowing rolling transport of vehicles from one railway car unit to the next. Platforms are pivotably attached to respective railway car units adjacent their interconnected ends. A vehicle has its front end portion secured to one of the pivotal platforms and its rear end portion secured to the other platform while the platforms are oriented collinearly with respect to one another. The vehicle thereby maintains the pivotal platforms collinear with one another as the railway car units pivot with respect to one another. Accordingly, the pivotal platforms remain substantially stationary with respect to the vehicle supported thereon throughout pivotal movement of the railway car units to stably support the vehicle straddling the articulation between pivotably interconnected railway car units during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Thrall Car Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James E. Black, Jr., Donald J. Blunden, Michael J. Rench, Ralph H. Schorr
  • Patent number: 5644989
    Abstract: A double-decker railcar with continuous circulation on the upper deck and access from a high platform has at least one access door to the railcar the bottom of which is at the level of the high platform. An intermediate access landing to the railcar is level with the bottom of the access door inside the railcar. An access stairway to the upper deck runs from the intermediate landing and an access stairway to the lower deck also runs from the intermediate landing. A stairwell contains at least parts of the access stairway to the lower deck, the intermediate landing and the access stairway to the upper deck. A floor of the upper deck is truncated in a given area delimiting the stairwell at the level of the upper deck. The floor of the upper deck defines a continuous plane to enable continuous circulation on the upper deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: GEC Alsthom Transport SA
    Inventors: Patrick Blanchier, Patrick Harguindeguy
  • Patent number: 5562042
    Abstract: The elastic membrane is designed as a flat, three-dimensional object. It has prominences and depressions. This makes possible a deformation which is substantially free of stress, in particular free of tensile stress, simultaneously in all three dimensions. The elastic membranes of this type which are known today suffer from the disadvantage that they are not substantially free of stress, and in particular free of tensile stress, in all three dimensions and therefore cannot meet certain requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Sig Schweizerische Industriegesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerald Luck, Thomas Schlusemann, Hans H. Engelhardt
  • Patent number: 5546866
    Abstract: A crossing apparatus for use with a tunnel-shaped bellows mounted between two vehicles connected to one another in an articulated manner in which an apron bridges a gap between the side wall of the bellows and a turning platform. The apron has folds corresponding to the side walls. It also consists of material strips, two each of which are connected to one another at the longitudinal edges belonging to one another by apparatus of rail-like profiles. The apron-clamping profiles are brought together at their top ends with bellows-clamping profiles of the respective side wall. Each apron-clamping profile has, between its ends, a gap-bridging course located at a corresponding distance from the respective side wall. Each apron is a structural unit comprising a number of apron-clamping profiles and a material web. Each apron-clamping profile forms a frame which is closed in itself from two partial profiles. One partial profile is straight and extends in parallel to the side wall of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi- und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Patent number: 5515791
    Abstract: Inside lining of a passage between two vehicles, in particular of a passage with a bellows, comprising a side wall cover which is designed as a plate inherently elastically yielding and being arched around the vertical axis of plane in the direction of the center of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi - Und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Britzke, Andre Goebels
  • Patent number: 5487555
    Abstract: Hinge connection between two vehicles, which are connected to each other in an articulated manner such that the two vehicles can be adjusted in relation to one another around a vertical axis, a transverse axis, and a longitudinal axis. Movements around the vertical axis are made possible within the hinge by one hinge part each being associated with one of the two vehicles and by both hinge parts being adjustable in relation to one another around the vertical axis. Movements around the transverse axis and around the longitudinal axis are made possible by one of the hinge parts being connected to one of the two vehicles adjustably around the transverse axis and the longitudinal axis. The hinge part that is connected to one of the two vehicles adjustably around the transverse axis and around the longitudinal axis is held rigidly at a rigid strap, which in turn is held at the corresponding vehicle (3) via an elastic element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi - und Kunstoff GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Koch, Knud Mosaner, Roland Schleicher
  • Patent number: 5471934
    Abstract: A bellows has integral connecting members joining the side wall and floor or roof fabricated from a sheet of flexible material with displaced longitudinal folds having adjacent seams to form a tongue and a pocket for receiving the tongue when the sections are pivoted with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi- und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Patent number: 5452912
    Abstract: Articulated bus, in particular of the type with a low floor, whereby said bus has a pulling vehicle (1), a pulled vehicle (2) and an articulated mechanism which connects both vehicles to one another and which contains a rotary junction (3) with a lower part (13) which is connected to the pulling vehicle (1) and an upper part (14) mounted thereupon in a rotating manner around an upward axis of rotation to which the pulled vehicle (2) is connected, whereby the connection between either of these parts (13 and 14) of the rotary junction (3) and the accompanying vehicle (1 or 2) is a hinged joint (20, 22 to 27) with an axis which is diametrically offset from the rotary shaft of the rotary junction (3), characterized in that the hinged joint between a vehicle (1 or 2) and either of the parts (13 or 14) of the rotary junction (3) contains two flexible supporting arms (18), which are situated on either side of the rotary shaft of the rotary junction (3), and which are each fixed to an end of the vehicle (1 or 3) on t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Van Hool, naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventor: Alain Boucquey
  • Patent number: 5445082
    Abstract: Gantry bogey 19 for railborne vehicles inserted between adjoining ends of successive carriages 20, 21 of a carriage consist and forming at least in part the passage between the two carriages 20, 21 and comprising transversely to the direction of travel mutually opposing wheels 28 which are bridged by a gantry 29 which on both sides by way of vertical pillars 2 is supported on the respective wheel case 27 holding the wheel. The vertical pillars 2 are constructed at least in the lower region as tubes which are each guided by a pin 2 carried by the wheel case 27 by way of a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: SGP Verkehrstechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Leopold Lenk
  • Patent number: 5377597
    Abstract: Rail vehicle with at least two car bodies wherein at or near their connecting point a truck is provided which carries both car bodies, wherein furthermore an intermediate link is arranged between the car bodies, and one car body is rotatably mounted at the intermediate link about a lateral axis, and the other car body is rotatably mounted at the intermediate link about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Man GHH Schienenverkehrstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang-Dieter Richter, Wolfgang David, Engelbert Weeger, Bernhard Hartmann
  • Patent number: 5345877
    Abstract: A junction for neighboring car bodies of a track-bound vehicle has a first door guided within a first end wall of a first car body for closing a doorway of the first car body and a second door guided with an adjacent second end wall of the neighboring car body for closing a doorway in the neighboring car body. The first and the second end walls are spaced apart and delimit a space therebetween. The first and the second doors are guided at the first and the second end walls so as to be movable in opposite directions. At least one coupling element for coupling the first and the second doors extends through the first and the second end walls and the space therebetween. The first and the second doors have a substantially identical construction and substantially identical moving characteristics. The coupling element is preferably a cable and a sleeve enclosing the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Thyssen Industrie AG
    Inventor: Peter Hermes
  • Patent number: 5261330
    Abstract: A drop-frame urban rapid transit car includes passenger cells and travelling mechanism parts having a running gear, which are connected to one another at end surfaces by joint parts. The travelling mechanism parts disposed at ends of the car receive an engineer's cab. The object of the invention was to develop the drop-frame urban rapid transit car in a way which ensured the best possible utilization of the enveloping space and the best possible utilization of the available base area, a concept which makes it possible to construct a vehicle meeting the requirements of a modern urban rapid transit car, and at the same time with the most advantageous utilization of the necessary production devices, a minimum of different structural parts and a simple assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: ABB Henschel Waggon Union GmbH
    Inventors: Emil Veit-Salomon, Arne Kuhnel, Rolf Kramer
  • Patent number: 5209435
    Abstract: An elevated passenger car having an emergency exit feature. The passenger car is of the type supported such that there are substantially no obstructions between the underside of the car and the ground below it. The car includes a body having a passenger compartment and an opening through the body generally at one end thereof defining an exit from the passenger compartment to outside the body. An end section is pivotally mounted on the body at the one end. Fluid pressure actuated cylinders swing the end section between a closed position in which the end section closes the exit and an open position in which said exit is opened to the outside. An elevator supported by the end section in its open position lowers passengers from the elevated passenger car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Futrex, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence K. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5052707
    Abstract: A centering mechanism for a tunnel of an articulated vehicle includes a pair of control members connected to opposite ends of a transversely extending arm. The members extend to transverse links that connect spaced portions of the adjacent vehicle bodies and act as a torque transmitting linkage through a cross-over link pivoted on one of the vehicle bodies. The members are connected at the midpoints of the transverse links so that they are displaced one-half the relative displacement of the vehicle bodies as they negotiate vertical curves and thereby maintain the tunnel centered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: UTDC Inc.
    Inventor: Peter E. Timan
  • 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: 4905607
    Abstract: A deformable floor in an interconnecting compartment between two adjacent rail or road vehicles is capable of allowing relative movement between the adjacent vehicles and is capable of accommodating for differences in relative angular positioning of and linear distance between the adjacent vehicles. The deformable floor includes a pair of support shafts respectively located at opposite sides of the vehicles with each extending in a longitudinal direction generally between the adjacent vehicles. Each extended end of the support shaft is resiliently mounted relative to its respective vehicle for relative angular movement therebetween. A plurality of generally evenly spaced rigid transverse bars extends in a transverse direction between the support shafts. There is included a friction bearing at each end of each of the rigid transverse bars on the support shaft for relative longitudinal movement therebetween. Reinforcing material is folded about and adhering to each of the rigid transverse bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Caoutchouc Manufacture et Plastiques
    Inventor: Roland M. Wanneroy
  • Patent number: 4802417
    Abstract: A gangway is provided between two railway cars or units of railway cars that are pivoted to one another, and that forms a continuous, stepless passage for all travel motions. The entire gangway is designed as a unit that is held in the central position to each of the ends of the cars facing one another with the ability to shift lengthwise, by a centering device, and is supported and guided on bridge bearings, and is mounted to be able to pivot around its vertical axis and also to be able to tip out of the horizontal plane. The bridge area of the gangway consists of a number of rigid rails placed parallel to one another at prescribed distances and able to move lengthwise, which are enclosed and guided at both ends in supporting profiles that are mounted and guided on the bridge bearings associated with them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Linke-Hofmann-Busch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kuker, Peter Braemert, Werner Ortmann
  • Patent number: 4794867
    Abstract: The invention relates to an omnibus which is suitable for train formation, can be driven independently and can either be freely steered or guided on tracks. In order not to disfigure the omnibus front by protruding coupling devices, and to be able to carry out the coupling operation without an assistant from the driver's position of the particular omnibus to be coupled, it is envisaged that at least the front coupling is designed in the form of a bar which can be extended or retracted under remote control. In the extended state, the bar can be moved under control within limits and can be engaged with the counter coupling head of the omnibus in front. The coupled omnibuses of a train are simultaneously and uniformly controlled from the driver's position of the first omnibus with regard to all their traction and braking functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Walter Titz
  • Patent number: 4781123
    Abstract: A construction of an articulating portion for articulated railway cars or the like formed by coupling front and rear bodies pivotably connected one after another by a truck interposed therebetween. Inside a pair of front and rear side wall panels in the articulating portion, a flexible cover consisting of an elastic plate is disposed, and an elastic sealing member provided on the longitudinal opposite edges of the flexible cover is contacted respectively with the pair of side wall panels by biasing. Under a pair of front and rear ceiling panels in the articulating portion, there is provided a ceiling cover, whose lateral opposite edges are coupled to the upper edge of the flexible cover, and the elastic sealing member provided on the longitudinal opposite edges of the ceiling cover is contacted respectively with the pair of ceiling panels by biasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Kinki Sharyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Muneaki Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 4762071
    Abstract: Disclosed is a car coupling hood device including a pair of hoods provided between a pair of car bodies to be coupled together, each of the hoods having one end secured to an adjacent car body, and an intermediate frame for coupling the other ends of the hoods together. The hood device incorporates a plate member coupled to the intermediate frame and provided in either the ceiling portion or the bottom portion of the hood device, or in both portions, and regulating means for preventing the movement of the plate member by the engagement therewith when both the car bodies are displaced relative to each other in the lateral direction thereof by more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Assignees: Narita Seisakusho Mfg., Ltd., Japan National Railways
    Inventors: Yoshio Ohta, Koji Tabata
  • Patent number: 4736688
    Abstract: A hood device for coupling cars comprises a first hood component having one end secured to one of a pair of car bodies to be coupled with each other and a second hood component having one end secured to the other car body and the other end adapted to be coupled with the other end of the first hood component, each of the hood components having side wall panels provided on both side portions thereof. Each side wall panels includes a fixed side wall panel having one end secured to the other end of the associated hood component, and a movable side wall panel having one end mounted on the associated car body and adapted to be turnable about a substantially vertical axis and the other end resiliently urged such as to be directed to the inner surface of the adjacent fixed side wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Narita Seisakusho Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rokuro Ando, Mikio Hatano
  • Patent number: 4697526
    Abstract: The articulation system relates to articulated tramway carriages comprising at least two bodies, the opposing ends of which are connected together in an articulated manner in order to maintain substantial continuity of the walking surface, and are supported by wheels at or adjacent to the articulation zone. In the articulation system, the end of each body is supported on its own axle provided with independent wheels, the opposing bodies and the relative axles being connected together by means of a drawbar, slidable connections and/or connecting rods to jointly form a bogie with a non-rigid frame. The axle is of double swanneck shape with uprights for connecting disc brakes on the outside of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Officina Meccanica della Stanga O.M.S. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Umberto Vigliani
  • Patent number: 4690421
    Abstract: A gangway bellows is used as a cross-over shelter between two vehicles which are flexibly connected to each other. The sidewalls of the gangway bellows have a double-wall design. Each internal wall is constructed as a curtain, which is suspended at its upper end from the roof of the gangway bellows and ends with its lower end immediately above a crossover unit, between the vehicle sections, having a turntable. The inner walls cover the track groove and, between themselves and the side walls of the gangway bellows, form chambers in which service facilities can be accommodated. Each curtain is folded preferably to correspond to the gangway bellows. Support elements may be interposed between each curtain and the respective side wall of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Hubner Gummi-und Kunststoff GmbH
    Inventors: Helmbrecht Schmidt, Robert Koch, Richard Seyer
  • Patent number: 4690068
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inter-carriage passage for a railway carriage set comprising an intermediate bodywork member having a generally annular shape connecting the adjoining ends of two carriages.In accordance with the invention, the intermediate bodywork member is connected to the two adjoining carriage ends so as to be maintained in a radial position; this intermediate member is positioned on each carriage end by means of deformable pneumatic joints.The invention is especially applicable to metro (rapid transit) trains with short carriages and radial axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: R.A.T.P. Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
    Inventor: Paul Delfourne
  • Patent number: 4690067
    Abstract: An intermediate portal protecting an intercommunicating gangway between two coupled vehicles, particularly railroad cars. The portal comprises two mirror-symmetrical parts which are detachably connected to each other. The portal is closed on all sides and mounted for lateral displacement relative to the cars. On a straight track, the portal contour is flush with the contour of the cars. The parting surfaces between the portal and the respective car are designed to maintain a definite narrow gap therebetween under any operating conditions, as long as a supporting and guiding structure can follow these parting surfaces in parallel motion. To this end, the invention provides a supporting and guiding arm by which the portal is guided both horizontally and vertically by means of cam tracks conformable to the parting surfaces which are preferably spherical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Linke-Hofmann-Busch
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kuker, Heinz Findeklee
  • Patent number: 4625652
    Abstract: A two-axled central support bogie for railway and tramway vehicles with two or more articulated bodies includes two cross members carrying the wheels, and a central longitudinal structure the ends of which bear on two air springs carried by respective central platforms formed by the cross members. The central structure carries means for its articulated connection with the articulation ends of the vehicle bodies, and the bogie also includes tie means for connecting the central structure with one of the cross members to prevent movements in a longitudinal direction and lateral resistance means for limiting movement in a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Fiat Ferroviaria Savigliano S.p.A.
    Inventors: PierAntonio Losa, Augusto Tabbia