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July 9, 1963
3,097,025
K. A. KLINGLER
RAILROAD CAR AXLE JOURNAL BOXES
Filed July 12, 1961
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‘United States Patent Gil-ice
3,097,025
Patented July 9, 1963
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outboard end of the journal in upwardly extending mem
3,097,025
RAILRGAD CAR AXLE JOURNAL BOXES
Karl A. Klingler, 111 S. Wright St., Naperville, Ill.
Filed July 12, 1961, Ser. No. 123,984
13 Claims. (Cl. 308-41)
My invention relates to improvements in railroad car
axle journal boxes and has for one ‘object to provide
means within the box to maintain the journal in proper
bers 15 which in turn terminate in the cross member 16,
downwardly looped at 17 to interlock with the socket 18
in the wedge 9. The spring ends 14 are also downwardly
looped intermediate their ends as at 19 to support a
hanger 20 which may carry a lubricator, not shown, sus
pended below the journal.
lust within the outboard opening in the journal box is
a removable axle stop assembly which includes a cradle
10 21 and a ?anged lug contacting member 22 overlying the
working position in the box.
top and articulated with the cradle. The members 21 and
Another object is to provide means for limiting both
axial and radial movement of the journal in the box in
order to prevent disengagement of the ‘sealing means from
22 are recessed in opposition to one another to de?ne a
The invention is illustrated diagrammatically in the
accompanying drawings, wherein—
tending ?ange 23a which facilitates assembly of the
thrust bearing in its articulated relationship with members
FlGURE 1 is a longitudinal section through the jour
nal box along the line 1-—-1 of FIGURE 3 with parts in
21 and 22. The cradle 21 extends downwardly from its
articulated point on pad 21a across the opening in the
socket which contains an elastomeric pad or thrust hear
ing 21a. The cradle 21 and member 22 are ?exibly
the sealing surface of the journal.
Another object is to provide means for holding in 15 joined together by a screw 24 which passes through the
pad and engages both the members so that 21 ‘and 22 are
proper position and proper relation with the journal in the
free to move with respect to one another. The ?anged
box the wedge and the brass.
member 22 engages the inner face of lugs 23 integral with
Other objects will ‘appear from time to time throughout
the journal box. The member 22 has ‘an inwardly ex
the speci?cation and claims.
elevation;
FIGURE 2 is a section along the line 2—2 of FIG
journal box and carries a lug or abutment 25 which en
25 gages the inner wall of the journal box below the out
FIGURE 3 is a section along the line 3—3 of FIG
URE 1 with parts in full;
FIGURE 4 is a section along the line 4-4 of FIG
board opening. An elastomeric cushion or stop pad 26 is
socketed in the end stop frame cradle 21, being held in
place by screw and nut 27 ‘and the cover plate 28, all in
line with the outboard end of the journal. The cradle
URE 1;
is held in place against radial movement by the adjusting
‘FIGURE 5 is an exploded view ‘showing in detail the
members shown in FIGURE 1.
Like parts are indicated by like numerals throughout
screws 29 which after the cradle is inserted and before
URE 1;
the door 6 is closed, are tightened and locked and se
cured to engage the opposite walls of the journal box and
inhibit horizontal lateral movement.
the speci?cation and drawings.
When this ‘assembly has ‘been completed, screws 30
The journal box 1 is open at both ends. The inboard 35
passing through apertures in the cover 6 are threaded into
end of the box is defined by two spaced parallel walls 2,
the oppositely extended integral ?anges 31 on opposite
3, each centrally apertured to permit the axle 4 to enter
sides of the cradle 21 and tightened up‘. This holds the
the box. The dust well 5 is de?ned between the walls 2
cover 6 closed and locks the cradle in position.
and 3 in the usual manner. The opening or outboard
The entire expanded area of the cradle including the
port at the other end of the box is closed by the sealed 40
area covered by the screws 29 is of course larger than
cover 6. The journal 7 is located within the box ‘and sup
the port through which the cradle is inserted by because
ports the brass 8, the wedge 9. These elements are all
the cradle, disregarding the screws 29 is small, the cradle
conventional, well known in the art, with the single ex
ception that the journal 7 is cylindrical to the end, the 45 can be inserted, the screws then turned to make a tight ?t.
Thus by this assembly excessive longitudinal or axial
usual collar or ?ange being omitted and the cover 6 is
movement of the journal is inhibited by the radial and
permanently held in place as ‘will hereinafter appem.
axial stops which of course are spaced from the journal
Fixed rigid Wall bosses 11) are de?nited by inward
enough to permit freedom of action Without permitting
channeling of the opposite vertical walls of the box. In
displacement of the seal from the journal.
the box on both sides of the box between the bosses 10
50
The journal is cylindrical from the shoulder 32 to its
and the wall 2 are located stop pad-s 11. The stop pads
end. No collar is needed on the end of the journal.
The collar has heretofore been needed to limit axial
movement of journal with respect to the brass but in this
provides threaded holes for cap screws 13. Although the
stop pads have been illustrated as composed of a rubber 55 case axial movement of the journal is limited by the axial
stop 28 and the collar may be omitted. The wedge is
like material, it will be understood that the invention
held in place by the brass keeper spring 14 to 17 inclusive.
should not be so limited. Under appropriate circum
Thus no collar on the end of the journal is needed, which
stances it might be entirely feasible to utilize stop pads of
results in the advantage that the radial axial stop pads 11
metal such as brass or of a combination of materials such
can be fastened before the box is assembled.
as elastomeric material and brass. The stop pads 11 ex
in this instance are shown as composed of rubber or at
least an elastorneric material and contain a core 12 which
The only changes in the conventional type ‘of journal
tend inwardly beyond the bosses 10 so that radial displace 60
box necessary are to drill holes in the walls of the journal
ment of the journal is arrested by contact with the stop
pad or block ‘11.
box to receive cap screws 13 and in the cap 6 to receive
The stop pads 11 are held in place by cap‘ screws 13,
the walls of the box being drilled to permit them to pene
the screws 30.
to hold the stop pads in place. The surrounding struc~
t-ure also helps to hold the pads in place.
to move slightly longitudinally in the journal box and thus
clearance remains between the extension 33 and the lug
23 in the ?ange 22. The wedge rides on the brass 8 which
The wedge 9 has an extension 33 which normally abuts
trate the box and be threaded in the reinforcing cores 12 65 against the ?ange 22. The wedge may rock and is free
The cores 12 are apentured to receive the opposite ends
in turn rides on and is .free to move axially with respect
14 of the keeper spring. The two ends 14 of the spring
extend horizontally from their socketing in the cores 12 70 to the journal 7. The ?ange 34 on the brass is in line with
the end of the wedge, there being su?icient clearance, how
along a line generally parallel to and ‘at about the same
ever, so that axial movement of the journal is limited by
level as the axis of the journal to terminate adjacent the
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contact with the axle thrust bearing 28 that is the cover
plate thereof. Axial movement of the brass toward the
outer end of the journal is inhibited by the cooperation of
?ange 34 and wedge. Axial movement in the opposite
direction is limited by contact of the brass with the
shoulder 32 where the journal 7 is decreased in diameter
with respect to the axle 4.
The cylindrical portion of the axle 4 where it enters the
box, a door therefor, a flange extending downwardly
from the top of the box inside the port, an endrstop frame
in contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
holding them together, an abutment at the lower end of
the frame adapted tofengage the wall of the box below the
port and means for holding the frame in position with the
abutment tight again'st'the inner wall of the box, said
means including screws passing through the door and
downwardly and inwardly inclined toward threaded rela
box is in line with the dust well 5 and that dust well may
well ‘be used as a pocket for an oil seal. The ring 35‘ may 10 tionship with the frame.
be shrunk or forced into the member 4 to build up the
6. In combination with a ported railroad car axle
diameter to a standard size, different size rings being used
journal box, a collapsible car journal end stop assembly,
for different size axle so that the effective diameter of each
axle as presented to the dust guard in the well will be
which when collapsed is smaller than the port, means
adjacent the top of the assembly for holding it in position
uniform.
15 in the box, expanding means forming part of the assembly
The cover is additionally held in place by the screw
which when expanded are larger than the port and con
40 threaded in the aperture 41 in the upper portion of
tact the opposite vertical side walls of the box.
the cradle 21 so that the cover is held in place at three
points around its periphery, thus providing smooth con
7. In combination with a ported railroad car axle
journal box, a collapsible car journal end stop assembly,
tact and holding the cover against displacement. If the 20 which when collapsed is smaller than the port, means.
cover were hinged at the upper end as is sometimes the
adjacent the top of the assembly for holding it in position
case, the screw 40 might be dispensed with.
in the box, expanding means forming part of the assem
Extending outwardly from the cover is a boss 42 in
which is inserted a dip stick 43 held in place by a snap
.
,bly which, when expanded are larger than the port and
contact the opposite vertical side walls of the box, and
spring 44 on the cover. The dip stick extends inwardly 25 abutment adjacent the bottom of the assembly adapted to
below the cradle 21 and may be withdrawn vfor inspection.
' contact the end wall of the box below the port.
Any suitable means may be used for holding the dip stick
1 43‘ in place.
8. In combination with a ported railroad car axle
journal box. a collapsible car journal end stop assembly,
I claim:
which when collapsed is smaller than the port, means ad
1. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal 30 jacent the top‘ of the assembly for holding it in position
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly
in the box, expanding means forming part of the assem
from the top of the box inside the port,an end stop frame
in contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
bly which when expanded are larger than the port and
contact the opposite vertical side walls of the box, an
holding them together, an abutment at the lower end of
abutment adjacent the bottom of the assembly adapted
the frame adapted to engage the wall ‘of the box below 35 to contact the end wall of the box below the port, a
the port and means for holding the frame in position with
pivoted doorrfor the port and means for exerting a
the abutment tight. against the inner wall of the box.
tension between the door and the assembly to hold the
‘2. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal
door in" seated position and hold the abutment snugly
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly
against the box wall and seal.
40
from the top of the box inside the port, an end stop frame
9. In combination, a ported car axle journal box, an
in contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
end stop frame removably anchored in the journal box
holding them, together, an abutment at the lower end of ~
adjacent the top thereof, extending downwardly there
the frame adapted to engage the wall of the box below
from across the port, an abutment thereon adapted to
the port and means ‘for holding the frame in position with
engage the inner wall of the box below the port, an end
the abutment tight against the inner wall of the box, means
stop pad carried by the frame in register with a railroad
for applying a tension between the door and the frame 45 car axle journal in the box, a pivoted door adapted to
to seat the door on the box to close the port and seat the
close the port and means extending through the door
abutment on the inner wall of the box to hold the frame in
adapted to apply a tension tending to hold the frame
position.
against the wall of the box and the door on the box, in
3. In combination, a ported railroad ‘car axle journal
‘sealing position.
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly from 50
10. In combination, a ported car axle journal box, an
the top of the box inside the port, an end stop frame in
‘end stop frame removably anchored in the journal box
contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
holding them together, an abutment at the lower end
of the frame adapted to engage the wall of the box below
adjacent the top thereof, extending downwardly therefrom
across the port, an abutment thereon adapted to engage
the inner wall of the box below the port, an end stop pad
the port and means for holding the frame in position with 55 carried by the frame in register with a railroad car axle
the abutment tight against the inner wall of the box,
journal'in the box, a pivoted door adapted to close the
horizontal screws threaded in the frame extending later
port and means extending through the door adapted to
ally therefrom in opposite directions, means for adjusting
apply a tension tending to hold the frame against the
them to contact the opposite inner vertical walls of the box.
wall of the box and the door seated on the box, the end
60
4. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal
stop pad being free to move angularly with respect to the
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly from
journal box.
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the top of the box inside the port, an end stop frame in con
11. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal
tact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for holding
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly
them together, an abutment at the lower end of the frame
from the top of the box inside the port, an end stop frame
adapted to engage the wall of the box below the port and 65 in contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
means for holding the frame in position with the abutment
holding them together, an abutment at the lower end
tight against the inner wall of the box, means for applying a
of the frame adapted to engage the wall of the box below
tension between the door and the frame to seat the door
the port and means for holding the frame in position
on the box to close the port and seat the abutment on 70 with the abutment tight against the inner wall of the box,
the inner wall ‘Of the box to hold the frame in position,
horizontal screws threaded in the frame extending lateral
horizontal screws threaded in the frame extending later
ly therefrom in opposite directions, means for adjusting
them to contact the opposite inner vertical walls of the
ally therefrom in opposite directions, means for adjusting
box, the end top frame comprising two members ar
them to contact the opposite inner vertical walls of the box.
5. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal 75 ticulated to permit angular displacement of a part of the
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frame while another part remains in contact with the
?ange.
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13. In combination, a railroad car axle terminating in
a journal, a journal box open at its outboard end en
12. In combination, a ported railroad car axle journal
box, a door therefor, a ?ange extending downwardly
from the top of the box inside the port, an end stop frame
in contact with the ?ange at its upper end and means for
holding them together, an abutment at the lower end of
the frame adapted to engage the wall of the box below
the port and means for holding the frame in position
closing the journal, a brass and a wedge interposed be
tween the journal and the top of the box, elastomeric stop
pads ?xed in position on the inner opposed vertical side
Walls of the box, in opposition to and normally out of
contact with the surface of the journal, extending up
wardly on opposite sides of wedge and brass and holding
them against horizontal displacement, a closure for the
with the abutment tight against the inner wall of the box, 10 open end of the box, a stop pad carried thereby within
horizontal screws threaded in the frame extending lateral
the box in opposition to the end of the journal.
1y therefrom in opposite directions, means for adjusting
them to contact the opposite inner vertical wall of
box, the end top frame comprising two members
ticulated to permit angular displacement of a part of
frame while another part remains in contact with
?ange, the rubber pad interposed between the two
ticulated members.
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References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
701,065
2,213,369
Magee ______________ __ May 27, 1902
Piron _______________ __ Sept. 3, 1940
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