Patent Number: 6,637,727

Title: Rail puller including a clamping beam and two clamping members and a method thereof

Abstract: A rail puller that applies tension to rail sections to reduce the gap between the ends of rail sections. The rail puller comprises a first clamp assembly and a second clamp assembly located at opposite ends of the rail puller. A clamping beam is coupled to the first clamp assembly and the second clamp assembly, and has a clamping cylinder that extends and retracts to adjust the length of the clamping beam. At least two pulling members are coupled to the first clamp assembly and the second clamp assembly, and each pulling member has a pulling cylinder that extends and retracts to adjust the length of the pulling member. The clamping cylinder extends to clamp the clamp assemblies to rail sections, and the pulling cylinders retract to draw the clamp assemblies toward one another and reduce the gap between the rail sections.

Inventors: Decker; Arnold F. (Aurora, IL), Held; Steven A. (Hillside, IL)

Assignee: Templeton, Kenly & Co.

International Classification: E01B 29/20 (20060101); E01B 29/00 (20060101); B65B 025/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2020