Device To Stop And To Change Direction Of Vehicles In A Capsule-transport Pipeline
Carstens, Marion R.
Bates, Homer J.
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A pipeline transportation system for vehicles in which the motive force is low pressure air traveling at a velocity substantially at which the vehicles are swept along includes a first pipeline which leads to a transfer duct and a second pipeline which leads away from the transfer duct. A guiding pipeline extends beyond the transfer duct as a continuation or extension of that pipeline in which air flows into the transfer duct and an extension of the other pipeline also leads from the transfer duct, the two guide extensions having free end portions disposed in close adjacency to each other. A dead-end chamber is swingably mounted for movement between positions aligned with the respective free end portions of the two guide extensions and in the return guide extension there is an unloading station whereat the vehicle may be inverted and then righted and beyond this there is a loading station so that the vehicle can be loaded, returned to the transfer duct and then conveyed to some distant region through the other pipeline.
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