Patent Number: 6,308,635

Title: Rail heating module and assembly

Abstract: A rail heating assembly including a series of individual heating modules is operable to raise and maintain the temperature of rails of a railroad track to reduce bending and deforming of the rails due to variations of atmosphere conditions. The heating module includes a series of burners with attached radiator plates so as to provide convective and radiant energy to heat the rails. The heating module includes an outer shell and a Venturi-shaped inner shell to surround the rail, with a series of burners attached to one end providing a stratified flame to heat the rail. A series of radiator plates mounted to the inner shell are heated by the flame, and the radiator plates radiate thermal energy towards the rail.

Inventors: Abele; Alan C. (Marblehead, OH)

Assignee: Kershaw Manufacturing Company

International Classification: E01B 31/18 (20060101); E01B 31/00 (20060101); E01B 003/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018