here is the Bintzler Incorporated Rail Wheel Cleaner, U. S.
Pat.#5,991,952. The unit consists of four spiral wound brush
assemblies driven by four 10hp motors. The brushes are activated
when a signal is received from the control tower and wheel
detector. An upper brush plate rolls forward on special rollers to
move the brushes against the rail car wheels. Each brush is the
length of the wheel's circumference. Cleaning takes place as the
cars pass through the brushes. The sliding plate is pushed forward
by a specially designed linkage powered either by air or electric
actuators, whichever the customer prefers.
equipment is intended for certification (hump) yards, installed
ahead of the master retarder. The purpose is to remove
contaminates which can hinder or even eliminate the effectiveness
of the retarder braking.
Incorporated has manufactured wheel cleaners for major freight
railroads across the country, and has been contacted by some in
unit is supplied complete, mounted on 7- 10" x 10" x 10'
retarder ties, with 19'-6" of rail. 136# AREA rail is
standard, however any size preferred by the customer can be used.
Installation should not present any difficulties as the unit can
be set in the line, connect the rail, either with bolting plates,
or welding. Then connect power and air (if necessary).
which can also be supplied include: a basic control panel, a
control panel with PLC and modems to communicate directly with the
tower computer, and a Brush
Adjustment Gage to maintain proper engagement for optimum
cleaning and brush life. Permanently lubricated bearings can also
be requested to reduce maintenance requirements.