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1. (WO2019027984) A RAIL CAR AIR BRAKE END HOSE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY, AN INSTALLATION METHOD AND A METHOD FOR INSTALLING A Y-47 PIN IN A RAIL CAR
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We claim:

1. A rail car air brake end hose support assembly, the rail car air brake end hose support assembly comprising:

a rigid, metallic rear support bracket having a top end and a bottom end, the rear support bracket removably, rigidly engaged at a top end within a yoke, the rear support bracket directly supporting a Y-47 pin, the rear support extends upward into a Y-47 pin hole surrounded by the yoke lugs and the rear support bracket extends below the yoke;

a coupler pivotally engaged with the yoke about the Y-47 pin; a rigid, metallic front support bracket engaged with an underside of a rail car, the front support bracket having a tray opening formed by a first side restraining wall, a second side restraining wall, an upper restraining wall, and a lower restraining wall; a fixed length, rigid, metallic tray configured to support a rail car air brake end hose, the tray having a first side wall, a second side wall, and a lower wall connecting the first and second side walls and engaged with the lower restraining wall, the tray engaged with the bottom end of the rear support, and the tray movably engaged within the tray opening; and

a portion of a trainline the portion of the trainline having a first connection point and a second connection point, wherein the portion of the trainline is rigidly engaged with the tray, wherein the first connection point and the second connection point are rigidly engaged with the tray, and wherein the portion of the trainline passes through the tray opening;

wherein the portion of a the trainline is engaged with an intermediate flexible hose at the first connection point, wherein intermediate flexible hose is engaged with an angle cock, and wherein the angle cock is substantially longitudinally aligned with an end sill;

wherein the portion of a the trainline is engaged with the rail car air brake end hose at the second connection point, and wherein the rail car air brake end hose is engaged with a glad hand; wherein the first side restraining wall and the second side restraining wall are configured to restrict lateral movement of the tray within the tray opening to less than or equal to 1 inch of lateral movement;

wherein lateral movement of the coupler is substantially independent of lateral movement of the tray;

wherein the top restraining wall and the bottom restraining wall are configured to restrict vertical motion of the tray within the tray opening to less than or equal to 1 inch of vertical movement;

wherein the tray is configured to move longitudinally within the tray opening; and

wherein the longitudinal movement of the tray is substantially similar to the longitudinal movement of the Y-47 pin of the rail car.

2. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 1, wherein the rear support bracket has a substantially cylindrical cross-section at the top end and a substantially rectangular cross-section at the bottom end.

3. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 1, wherein the tray is removably engaged with the bottom end of the rear support using mechanical fasteners.

4. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 1, wherein the portion of the trainline is substantially rigid.

5. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 4, wherein the portion of the trainline is engaged with the tray using mechanical fasteners.

6. A rail car air brake end hose support assembly, the rail car air brake end hose support assembly comprising:

a rear support bracket having a top end and a bottom end, the rear support bracket configured to be removably, rigidly engaged at a top end within a yoke; and a substantially rigid portion of a trainline, the portion of the trainline engaged with the rear support bracket;

wherein the lateral movement of the portion of the trainline is constrained; wherein the vertical movement of the portion trainline is constrained; and wherein the portion of the trainline is configured to move longitudinally substantially similar to the longitudinal movement of a Y-47 pin of a rail car.

7. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein the rear

support bracket is rigid.

8. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein the rear

support bracket is metallic.

9. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein the rear

support bracket is configured to support the Y-47 pin.

10. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, further comprising: a front support bracket engaged with an underside of the rail car, the front support bracket supporting the portion of the trainline.

11. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 10, wherein the front support bracket is rigid.

12. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 10, wherein the front support bracket is metallic.

13. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 10, wherein the front support bracket is adjustable.

14. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 10, wherein the front support bracket includes an opening, and wherein the portion of the trainline extends through the opening.

15. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 14, wherein the opening is formed by a first side restraining wall, a second side restraining wall, an upper restraining wall, and a lower restraining wall;

wherein the first side restraining wall and the second side restraining wall are configured to restrain the lateral movement of the portion of the trainline; and

wherein the upper restraining wall, and a lower restraining wall are configured to restrain the vertical movement of the portion of the trainline.

16. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 14, further comprising: a tray, the tray supporting the portion of the trainline; and

wherein the tray is movably engaged within the opening.

17. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, further comprising:

a tray, the tray supporting the portion of the trainline.

18. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 17, wherein the tray is engaged with the bottom end of the rear support, and wherein the portion of the trainline is engaged with the rear support bracket through the tray.

19. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 18, wherein the tray is removably engaged with the bottom end of the rear support using mechanical fasteners.

20. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 19, wherein the tray has a first side wall, a second side wall, and a lower wall connecting the first and second side walls and the lower wall engaged with the lower restraining wall of the front support bracket.

21. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein lateral

movement of the portion of the trainline is restricted to less than 2 inches of movement.

22. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein vertical movement of the portion of the trainline is restricted to less than 2 inches of movement.

23. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein the rear

support bracket has a substantially cylindrical cross-section at the top end and a substantially rectangular cross-section at the bottom end.

The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 6, wherein the portion of a trainline is engaged with the rail car air brake end hose,wherein the rail car air brake end hose is engaged with glad hand, and wherein a coupler is pivotally engaged with the yoke about the Y-47 pin.

25. A method for installing a rail car air brake end hose support assembly, the method comprising:

providing a Y-47 pin having a top end and a bottom end, the Y-47 pin configured to be inserted into a rail car yoke;

providing a rigid, metallic rear support bracket having a top end and a bottom end, the rear support bracket forming a portion of a rail car air brake end hose support assembly;

inserting the Y-47 pin into the yoke;

engaging the top end of the rear support bracket with the bottom end of the Y- 47 pin and pushing the Y-47 pin upward; and

removably engaging the rear support bracket with the yoke such that the rear support bracket supports the Y-47 pin;

wherein the rear support bracket extends below bottom support lugs of the yoke.

26. The method of claim 25, further comprising:

providing a fixed length, rigid, metallic tray configured to support a rail car air brake end hose, the tray having a first side wall, a second side wall, and a lower wall connecting the first and second side walls and engaged with the lower restraining wall; and

engaging the tray with the bottom end of the rear support bracket.

27. The method of claim 26, further comprising:

providing a rigid, adjustable, metallic front support bracket, the front support bracket having a tray opening formed by a first side restraining wall, a second side restraining wall, an upper restraining wall, and a lower restraining wall;

engaging the front support bracket with an underside of a rail car; and engaging the tray with the front support bracket;

wherein the tray is movably engaged within the tray opening.

28. A method for installing a rail car Y-47 pin in rail car, the method comprising:

providing a Y-47 pin having a top end and a bottom end, the Y-47 configured to be inserted into a rail car yoke;

providing a rigid, metallic rear support bracket having a top end and a bottom end;

inserting the Y-47 pin into the yoke;

engaging the top end of the rear support bracket with the bottom end of the Y- 47 pin and pushing the Y-47 pin upward; and

removably engaging the rear support bracket with the yoke such that the rear support bracket supports the Y-47 pin;

wherein the rear support bracket extends below the yoke.

29. The method of claim 28, wherein the rear support bracket forms a portion of a rail car air brake end hose support assembly.

30. The method of claim 29, further comprising:

providing a tray configured to support a rail car air brake end hose; and engaging the tray with a bottom end of the rear support bracket.

31. The method of claim 30, further comprising:

providing a front support bracket, the front support bracket having an opening; and

engaging the front support bracket with an underside of a rail car; and engaging the tray with the front support bracket;

wherein the tray is movably engaged within the opening.

32. The method of claim 31 wherein the tray has a first side wall, a second side wall, and a lower wall connecting the first and second side walls and engaged with the lower restraining wall.

33. The method of claim 32, wherein the tray opening is formed by a first side restraining wall, a second side restraining wall, an upper restraining wall, and a lower restraining wall.

34. The method of claim 28, wherein the rear support bracket is engaged with the yoke using a pin.

35. A rail car air brake end hose support assembly, the rail car air brake end hose support assembly comprising:

a coupler;

a substantially rigid portion of a trainline, the substantially rigid portion of the trainline movably engaged with the rail car; and

a striker, the striker having a striker face;

wherein lateral movement of the coupler is substantially independent of lateral movement of the rail car air brake end hose support assembly;

wherein the substantially rigid portion of the trainline operates only within a predefined operating envelope when the coupler is in the buff position;

wherein the predetermined operating envelope extends 30 inches or less laterally and is centered on a center of the rail car;

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wherein the predetermined operating envelope extends 18— inches or less

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downward from about 17— below a top of the face of the striker; and

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wherein the predetermined operating envelope extends 68 inches or less backward from the face of the striker.

A rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, wherein the

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predetermined operating envelope extends 5— inches or less downward from

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about 17— below the top of the face of the striker.

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A rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, wherein the

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predetermined operating envelope extends 26— inches or less laterally and centered on the center of the rail car.

A rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 36, wherein the

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predetermined operating envelope extends 18— inches or less laterally and centered on the center of the rail car.

A rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 36, wherein the

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predetermined operating envelope extends 14— inches or less laterally and centered on the center of the rail car.

The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35 further comprising, rear support bracket, the rear support bracket having a top end and a bottom end, the rear support bracket engaged at a top end within a yoke.

The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 40, wherein the rear support bracket supports a Y-47 pin.

42. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, further comprising: a front support bracket engaged with an underside of the rail car, the front support bracket supporting the portion of the trainline.

43. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 42, wherein the front support bracket includes an opening, and wherein the portion of the trainline extends through the opening and is movable within the opening.

44. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, further comprising:

a tray, the tray supporting the portion of the trainline.

45. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, wherein the lateral movement of the portion of the trainline is constrained;

wherein the vertical movement of the portion trainline is constrained; and wherein the portion of the trainline is configured to move longitudinally substantially similar to the longitudinal movement of a Y-47 pin of the rail car

46. The rail car air brake end hose support assembly of claim 35, wherein the rail car air brake end hose support assembly reduces unintended trainline uncouplings.