Patent Number: 6,305,298

Title: Light weight draft sill

Abstract: The present invention provides a lightweight draft sill end casting for use with railroad cars. The cast draft sill has side walls, front and rear stops, front and rear rib sets and a center plate that are cast as a unit. The draft sill has an open area between the tops of the side walls between the front and rear stops, with a cast metal span connecting the two side walls. The cast metal span may comprise one or more spacer bars or part of a top wall. The cast metal span is in the area between the planes of the front stops and the rear stops. The front and rear stops are spaced below the tops of the side walls. In one embodiment, there are additional lightener holes in each side wall between the ribs in the rear rib set and in the pocket. The total weight of the cast draft sill is not substantially greater than the weight of a comparable fabricated draft sill of substantially the same size, and has a greater fatigue life. The total open area connecting the interior and the exterior of the draft sill between the front stop plane and the rear stop plane is at least 130 square inches.

Inventors: Kaufhold; Horst T. (Aurora, IL), Compton; Douglas L. (Bolingbrook, IL), Toussaint; Brian A. (Bolingbrook, IL), Butler, Jr.; Ronald G. (Mundelein, IL), Ladendorf; Jeffery R. (Mount Prospect, IL)

Assignee: AMSTED Industries Incorporated

International Classification: B61G 9/22 (20060101); B61G 9/00 (20060101); B61D 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018