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OTHER AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT FOR RAILWAYS (energy storing brakes B61H; protection of permanent way against weather influences E01B; rail cleaning, snow ploughs E01H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

All auxiliary devices and methods needed to make railways safer, faster and energy efficient.

Transferring passengers, articles, or freight to and from moving trains; Slipping or coupling vehicles from or to moving trains
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Transit systems and methods wherein passengers or freights board and exit during moving of vehicles or wherein rail vehicles are coupled/uncoupled during motion.

Following drawing shows one example (US2010307368):

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Wetting or lubricating rails or wheel flanges
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and methods for the application of lubricant onto the surface of rails or wheels.

Following drawing shows one example:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Lubricating for vehicles
Lubrication for locomotives
Lubricating stick
Cleaning of rails
Lubricating in general
Apparatus for placing vehicles on the track; Derailers; Lifting of lowering rail vehicle axles or wheels (hoisting apparatus B66)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The titles of this group are self-explanatory and do not need to be more specified.

Typical examples are:

  • Portable derailing device.
  • Device for lifting a rail vehicle while standing on the rail.
  • Re-railer apparatus for placing derailed railway vehicle back onto the track.

Following drawings show two examples:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Railway stops fixed to permanent way; Track brakes or retarding apparatus fixed to permanent way; Sand tracks or the like (skids, wedges, vehicle-mounted scotch blocks B61H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and methods for retarding or stoping the movement of the railway vehicle, the devices and methods being located on the track.

Following drawings show two examples:

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Sand or like tracks
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Means combined with a track using sand or materials which have a retarding effect on the wheels.

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in this group:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sanding apparatus
Railway vehicle profile gauges; Detecting or indicating overheating of components; Apparatus on locomotives or cars to indicate bad track sections; General design of track recording vehicles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The titles of this group are self-explanatory and do not need to be more specified.

Typical examples are:

  • Method for detecting of imbalance in wheels of rail vehicle.
  • Train wheel bearing temperature detection.
  • Sensors for rail vehicle wheel bearing unit.
  • Method and device for contactless measurement of the deformation and wear of railroad tracks.
  • Acoustic monitoring of railcar running gear.

Following drawings show two examples:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Manufacturing wheels
Reconditioning wheels
Railway wheels
Brake-action in case of accident
Adjusting wheel-braking force
Control, warning or safety means
Track-building in general
Measuring for track-building purposes
Measuring arrangements
Weighing apparatus or method
Measuring mechanical vibrations
Radiation pyrometry
Casings
Thermometers for measuring temperature of moving bodies
Testing of railway vehicles
Investigating in general
Investigating presence of flaws
Investigating of materials by using ultrasonic
Measuring spee
Navigation for trains
Servicing peculiar to locomotives, e.g. filling with, or emptying of, water, sand, or the like at the depots (lifting or lowering axles or wheels B61K 5/00; filling stations for steam or pneumatic accumulator locomotives B61C 8/00; water or fuel supply fittings on locomotives B61C 17/02; refueling locomotives with solid fuels B65G 67/18; washing or cleaning boilers F28G)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The titles of this group are self-explanatory and do not need to be more specified.

Following drawings shows two examples:

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Transport or storage devices
Conveying materials in bulk
Other auxiliaries or accessories for railways (safety belts or harnesses A62B 35/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Other auxiliary devices and methods that are not in B61K 1/00 to B61K 11/00.

Following drawing shows one example:

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Last Modified: 10/11/2013