Abstract: A portable turnout system for temporary connection of a rail line to a spur line includes a ramp section having a frame and two parallel rails mounted thereon, the parallel rails each having a forward end and a rearward end higher than the forward end such that the parallel rails have a positive grade from forward end to rearward end and a portable transfer track including at least one portable track section having a frame and two parallel rails mounted thereon, the portable transfer track releasably connectable at one end thereof to the rearward end of the parallel rails of the ramp section in an elevated position above the rail line. At least one portable transfer track support device supports the portable transfer track in the elevated position above the rail line and the portable transfer track is releasably connectable at the opposite end thereof to a spur line.
Abstract: A static switching apparatus for a track vehicle includes a main line track and a switch track which at a switching junction both include a conventional track rail and a specially constructed rail. A switching cam including cam faces is positioned at the junction and includes straight and curved cam surfaces which are selectively engaged by cam followers supported on the vehicle to provide for steering of the vehicle. The cam followers are lowered and raised vertically by fluid extensible devices which also move them in an orbital path into cam surface engagement.
Abstract: The invention relates to an element of a vehicle which is part of a continuously moving train of similar vehicles, the element consisting, on the one hand, of two axles carrying wheels with solid tires and inner tubes and, on the other, of an on-board shunting device essentially consisting of a bistable rocking assembly operated by fixed ramps in relation to the track. The element of the vehicle also comprises pivoting bearings (6,6') which are part of the bistable rocking assembly (7) and are located in the vicinity of the axles (3,3'). The bistable rocking assembly (7) is operated and locked through an eccentric (13). Shunting wheels (8,8') are carried by the bistable rocking assembly (7) and cooperate with the external surfaces of the rails along which the element of the vehicle travels or with counter-rails arranged against the external surfaces.
Abstract: Railway switch for transferring railway vehicles from a main track to a siding and, respectively, crossing of a siding with a main track, the switch or crossing comprising a frog in which the rail of the main track is uninterrupted, noting that the portion of the rail of the siding located between the rails of a main track is ending adjacent the rail of the main track to leave a gap for the wheel flanges of the wheels travelling on the main track, that the rolling surface of the rail portion of the siding located between the rails of the main track is, in the area adjacent the rail of the main track, super-elevated relative to the rolling surface of the rail of the main track and that the portion of the rail of the siding located outside of the rails of the main track is provided with a ramp for ligting the wheel flanges, said ramp ascending until the height of the rolling surface of the main track, characterized in that the rolling surface of the portion of the rail of the siding located between the rails of
Abstract: A railroad turnout including a switch having runoff plates with stop lugs spaced farther apart than the width of the switch point base so that flexure of the switch points downstream of the heel spread is permitted. Floating heel blocks are affixed to the stock rails at the heel point to maintain the conventional heel spread. A smooth ride through the turnout is further assured by additional switch rods, uniform risers in the switch and guard rails associated with the frog of the turnout.