Gauge Patents (Class 238/288)
  • Patent number: 9695553
    Abstract: A modular railroad track assembly includes spaced-apart cross-ties, side ties, and railroad track rails. Each cross-tie includes a planar edge with the cross-ties being arranged such that each planar edge lies in a common plane. The sides of each cross-tie define an acute angle with the cross-tie's planar edge. The acute angle is in the approximate range of 65° to 80°. Railroad track rails are coupled to the planar edge associated with each cross-tie. A first side tie is coupled to first sides of the cross-ties wherein at least a portion of the first side tie is at the acute angle with respect to the planar edges associated with the cross-ties. A second side tie is coupled to second sides of the cross-ties, wherein at least a portion of the second side tie is at the same acute angle with respect to the planar edges associated with the cross-ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Claude R Kendrick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9151002
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus for a railroad rail and tie includes a yoke plate support frame and a yoke plate. The yoke plate support frame includes opposing securing arms coupled by a perpendicular yoke plate support. The opposing securing arms are spaced apart to detachably seat the yoke plate support over the railroad tie. Attachment tabs extend above the perpendicular yoke plate support from the opposing securing arms. The yoke plate includes a first plate extending along a first plane, a second plate extending out from an edge of the first plate and along a second plane which is at a different angle from the first plane, and yoke plate attachment tabs coupled to the first plate and the second plate. The yoke plate attachment tabs are configured to detachably couple the yoke plate to the yoke plate support frame through the attachment tabs of the opposing securing arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Mark E. Combs
  • Patent number: 9151001
    Abstract: An exemplary fastener apparatus for a railroad rail and tie includes a yoke plate, at least one securing tooth, and opposing securing arms. The yoke plate has a first plate extending along a first plane and a second plate extending out from an edge of the first plate and along a second plane which is at a different angle from the first plane. The securing tooth extends out from the second plate in a first direction. The opposing securing arms are spaced apart from each other a distance to detachably seat over the railroad tie and extend out from the first plate in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Mark E. Combs
  • Patent number: 6997419
    Abstract: An adjustable gage plate assembly having a pair of gage plate ends each with rail seats that are connected at their inner ends to swivel slide plates of an adjustment assembly which enables the gage plate ends to be moved laterally and angularily relative to each other such that the gage plate assembly may be adjusted to a specified lateral distance and angle between the gage plate end rail seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Cleveland Track Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Remington, Joseph A. Martin, Karl E. Axthelm
  • Patent number: 6546612
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed by which wooden railroad ties are pre-plated prior to use in constructing and/or repairing railroad lines. Methodology disclosed comprises placing two plates on top of each of a succession of wooden ties, temporarily positioning disclosed one of the two plates on each tie with a distance or spacer template temporarily clamping the two plates accurately to the tie using a jig, starting a field spike and a gauge spike (usually with one or more sledge hammers) into each wooden tie through the selected apertures in each plate, and further driving the started spikes into the associated tie (usually using a jackhammer). Typically, the field spike is located outside the field flange of the plate and is driven until the head of the spike is contiguous with the plate. Typically, the gauge spike is displaced through an aperture in the gauge flange of the plate until the head is about 1½ inches above the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Ollendick, David Ollendick
  • Patent number: 6422479
    Abstract: A T-shaped electrically insulated member for securing to rails having electric current passing therethrough. The electrically insulated rail member includes a metallic core and an electrically insulating material encasing the metallic core. The electrically insulated rail member can be used as a gauge plate or a switch plate. Bushings are received by the electrically insulated rail member for receipt of fasteners secured to adjacent rail members. Also disclosed is a method for manufacturing the electrically insulated rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Portec Rail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Adkins, William T. Urmson, Jr., John S. Cooper, John W. Mospan
  • Publication number: 20020027167
    Abstract: A T-shaped electrically insulated member for securing to rails having electric current passing therethrough. The electrically insulated rail member includes a metallic core and an electrically insulating material encasing the metallic core. The electrically insulated rail member can be used as a gauge plate or a switch plate. Bushings are received by the electrically insulated rail member for receipt of fasteners secured to adjacent rail members. Also disclosed is a method for manufacturing the electrically insulated rail member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin R. Adkins, William T. Urmson, John S. Cooper, John W. Mospan
  • Patent number: 6305614
    Abstract: A T-shaped electrically insulated member for securing to rails having electric current passing therethrough. The electrically insulated rail member includes a metallic core and an electrically insulating material encasing the metallic core. The electrically insulated rail member can be used as a gauge plate or a switch plate. Bushings are received by the electrically insulated rail member for receipt of fasteners secured to adjacent rail members. Also disclosed is a method for manufacturing the electrically insulated rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Portec Rail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Adkins, William T. Urmson, Jr., John S. Cooper, John W. Mospan
  • Patent number: 4236671
    Abstract: A tie cap rail holder for securing a railroad rail to its supporting tie comprises a cap dimensioned to seat gravitationally over the top of the tie in a restricted, longitudinally slidable fit. The cap has on its upper surface a rail seat dimensioned to receive the rail base. On one side of the rail seat an upwardly and inwardly extending detent is dimensioned and positioned for engaging and retaining the adjacent side margin of the rail base. A plurality of the holders are adapted for opposite placement on adjacent ties, with their respective detents engaging opposite side margins of the rail base, thereby securing the rail to the ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventor: Ralph P. Winans
  • Patent number: 3998166
    Abstract: A multi-rail system and method of installation wherein an additional load carrying rail assembly is installed in centered relation between the rails of a conventional railroad and secured by a first set of tie plates joined to existing ties and a second set of tie plates joined to cement anchor columns located between selected ties, both sets also being joined to the existing rails; the system further including load carrying wheels engaging the additional rail assembly and supplementing the conventional car wheels, the railroad cars also provided with supplemental brakes engaging the additional rail assembly to increase the braking force, and retainers extending under the additional rail assembly for preventing excess movement of the auxiliary wheels from the additional rail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1976
    Inventor: Morrison Morrison