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Patented Apr. 6, 1937
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UNITED STATES PATENT oFFlcE
2,076,055
RACE GAME APPARATUS
Bradlee W. Williams and Homer S. Williams, Chi
cago, Ill., assignors to Bally Manufacturing Co.,
Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Illinois
Application July 15, 1936, Serial No. 90,743
10 Claims.
'I'he present invention relates to a simulated
racing game for amusement purposes, this appli
cation being an improvement over our co-pending
application Serial Number 59,279 filed January
l5, 1936 for Race game apparatus.
Generally, the game is of that type in which a
suitable table is provided with a plurality of race
Ways, in each of which is moved an appropriate
racing object. The group of racing objects, when
the game is released for play, simultaneously
leaves a starting position to be moved toward an
objective or ñnish line. In their movement means
is operative to vary the rate of travel of the sev
eral objects in a diiîerential manner, so that it
, will be impossible to predict which race object
will win the race by first reaching the finish line.
Accordingly, the maximum amusement value is
created for the player who tries to guess which
object will win the race.
In the prior application above identified the
difîerential .drive of the several race objects was
controlled by electromagnetic means. While such
control is effective for the purpose intended, it is
relatively expensive to produce and further the
making and breaking of the electrical contacts
creates clicking noises which to some extent de
tracts from the pleasure of playing the game.
The object of the present invention is to sim
plify this structure to the end that clicking noises
will be eliminated, and also materially to lessen
the cost of manufacturing the game.
The main object of the present invention is to
provide an improved race game apparatus.
Another object is to provide a plurality of race
object endless chain or belt carriers in combination
with an improved simple, and effective means for
diiîerentially varying the speed or .drive of the
said chains, so that the racing objects will ad
vance toward the iinish line in an unpredictable
manner.
Another object is to provide an improved elec
trically driven game apparatus and an improved
mechanical control means for varying the travel
of the several race objects.
Other important objects will be apparent to
(Cl. 273-86)
others, may be used with the game apparatus of
this invention.
Briefly, these desirable objects are attained in
an illustrative embodiment of the invention by_
providing a suitable cabinet, which carries a hori- '5
zontal table formed with the Idesired number of
parallel, spaced, slotted ways. At each end of
the table, and on its under side, is a bracket carry
ing a cross shaft structure for mounting a plu
rality of spaced sprocket wheels. The wheels on ‘10
one end of the table are idlers and those at the
other end are drivers; the wheels on the respec
tive shaft structures being alined in pairs to carry
a plurality of endless chains.
These chains cor- `
respond in number with the slotted ways in the 15
table so that each chain is ñxedly connected at
one point with a mounting movable in a slotted
way for carrying a race horse or other simulated
object.
pendent rotation and the friction means normally
ical timing mechanism includes an auxiliary, con
stantly driven shaft located adjacent the sprocket
wheel drive shaft, said auxiliary, or timer shaft, 30
carrying timer trip disks including trips. There
is a timer trip disk operatively associated with
each sprocket Wheel clutch to release the latter
at intervals for varying the movement of the
chains and race objects carried thereby to make 35
the result of the race uncertain.` This mechan
ical control means is so constructed that its timing
may be set differently from time to time, thereby
making it impossible to predict the cycle of op
eration.
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The winning horse further closes another switch
to cause energization of an electromagnetic device
to operate an appropriate switch to establish cir
cuits to cause reverse rotation of the motor,
whereupon all chains are reversely »driven to re- 45
turn all horses to their starting positions and aline
fully made.
In the present practicable embodiment of the
same in a transverse row preparatory to the start
in the form of horses to- simulate a horse race.
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holds the sprocket Wheels for turning with the
shaft to Ádrive the chains. An improved mechan
those skilled in this art as the disclosure is more
invention to be disclosed, the race objects will be
l,
An electric motor, of the reversible type is 2O
geared to drive the driven shaft structure, there
being operatively associated with each drive
sprocket wheel a friction> clutch means. The
drive sprockets are free on the shaft for inde->
of another race. The horses, of course, do not
all return together; however, the controls are so
arranged that when the last horse returns to the 50
Obviously these objects may assume other forms,
starting position the motor circuit is opened to
such for example, as automobiles, walking race
automatons, rabbits, or sail boats, and the like.
cause cessation of its operation so that all parts
come to rest preparatory to starting the 'next race.
So much, it is believed, will suñìce in giving a gen
eral View of the improved game apparatus. y
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In other words, the type of racing object to be
employed is optional, for all types mentioned, and
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In the accompanying sheets of drawings the
above preferred form of the invention is illus
trated in detail. In these drawings:
Figure 1 is a general bottom plan view of the
5 game structure;
Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the game
taken along the line 2_2 of Figure 1, looking
in the direction of the arrows;
Figure S'is an enlarged side elevational view,
10 partly‘in section, through a race object mount
ing, taken along the line 3_3 o-f Figure 4, look
ing in the direction of arrows;
Figure 4 is a detail, cross sectional `view, îtaken
along the line 4_4 of Figure 3, to show the
l5 mounting of a race object on the table;
Figure 5 is a detail side-view, partly'inssection,
of the starting end of the drive chains, showing
an associated idler wheel, -taken along the line
5_5 of Figure 6, looking in the direction of the
20 arrows;
Figure 6 .isa fsimilarview, showing -the îsame
parts, the section being taken along 'the ,-,line
»6_6 of .Figure 1, -lookingïin-the indicated-direc
tion;
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Figure -7 »_is a ¿sectional-side view through »the
:driven fend `of -the .drive-chain structure, taken
¿along-.the line `1_1 ofFigureß, looking in the in
„dicated direction;
-‘Figure ~8 .isan-end elevational view, partly in
30.section«of ~the structureshown inFigure '7;
Figure 9 is a detail, .side elevational view Vof
35
or table 2|, carries on its under side, a depend
“ing U-shaped bracket 35, which is disposed
transversely. Journaled in the ends of the
bracket is a transverse, horizontal idler shaft 36,
which Èhas loosely mounted thereon for inde
pendent rotation, v,nine sprocket wheels 31, held
apart‘in suitably spaced relationship by collars.
or spacer Vsleeves 38.
Each sprocket wheel has
respectively wrapped therearound the forward
loop, of 1nine endless sprocket chains 39, which 20
-run horizontally-below the table.
-Each V.chain .39 carries .at ñxed transversely
.alined ,points .a >fastening .device l4|! (see Figure
4) forlrigidly .securingthe slides39 to the `upper
run of the chains.x .The bracket35 along >its front
side furthercarries a .cross .bar 4| as shown in
Figures 5 .and 6.
.This ybar 4|, .in Aalinement
witheachslide >3D, carries spaced insulator strips
42, which serve `in lmounting separate pairs .of
conductor .spring -arms 43, extending .vertically 30
.with .contact points 44 at .their upperends nor-
.mally .held engaged because of the spring in
arms 43. Wires Á45 _respectively leadin parallel
the line .9_9 .appearing »in Figure .1;
AFigure 10 is 4an enlarged, detail, transverse
sectional -view of --thedrive shaftassembly, taken
falong theline .id_lßpf Figure f1, looking in -the
from the arms 43 as shown in Figures 5 and 12.
One of the arms, the rear vone in .eachpairfex CO Ul
.direction of the arrows;
_movement of an end .wall 3| of the alined slide
40sprocket shaft assembly taken along fthe line
|~|_| I ofFigure15, lookingfin the direction indi
lcated;
Figure V12 isa »wiring diagram for the drive
motor; and,
Figure 13.is a detail,.elevationa1 view, `partly
,in section, taken substantially along the >line
|3_.|3 of „Figure .2, .looking in the.direction in
„dicated
The game is housed inany appropriate 'cahi
50 net 120, fcarrying va .horizontal table `2 I „extending
from a front tva-11.2.2 >to theopposite or rear wall,
as shown. In .the present embodiment nine
chains .and ,a .like number of .race objects, in
.the1form of simulated horse figures „are to be
55 used. -As :shown .in .Figure l, the .intermediate
_portion of .the table 2| between .its side edges,
.isfcut `out .to provide a .large rectangular ,open
ing,25. .At its ends are .mounted crosssupports
26 forcarrying ten .longitudinally running, in
60 verted channel strips 21 having inturned .lower
.ñanges .28 to `provide tracks. These _channel
Vstrips are transversely spaced .apart 4to 4provide
nine parallel raceway slots .29.as shown .in ,Fig
ure .1.
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balanced, îsymmetrical appearance.
-The forward, or starting end of the board, lll
.an Aelectromagnetic <control »for an illustrative
type of motor reversing switch as viewed `from
Figure l1 is a similar view through theidler
45
table has securely fastened thereto, an appro
priate racing object, such for example, as the
simulated race horses 34 shown. It will thus be
seen that ten channel strips 21 are provided to
create nine slotted race ways 29. Only nine
slots are formed because each support 33 is off
set to one side of its channel guide strip. The
tenth strip 21 is merely vprovided to create a
Looking ,atFiguresBand 4 »it -willbe seen that
„nine of .the channel strips respectively ,carry
.for ,.guided, sliding movement, an .elongated sheet
ymetal slide .139 Lhaving a horizontal bottom .and
`upturned .front .and rear .ends 3|, which ends
near their upper ,portions `areslotted as at `32 to
fit and ride on the flanges 28. .Each slide 39
.at its 4mid-,portion .carries .to .one side thereof
an _upstanding rigid support .33, which extends
upwardly .througha .slot ‘.29 as shown. The up
,75 per projected end `of eachsupport î33, above the
tends higher than .its mate, said .higher .arm -43
carrying a bumper member 49 .in the path of
'39. When the slide is in starting position the
end3| thereof engages .the bumper 45 to spread 40
the arms 43 apart to open the contacts `44 and
break the circuit in which they are included, for
a purpose later to appear.. ’When the slides leave
the bumper, of course, the contacts 44 .auto
matically close.
At the winning endof the table, the same car
ries on its under side .another transverse .bracket
41, also U-shaped, and carrying as shown inFig
ures 7 and'8, a transverse drive shaft 48 on which
are loosely mounted >nine sprocket wheels 49,
around which are respectively wrapped the nine
drive chains '39. Around the shaft 48,.adjacent a
face of each wheel 49, is a friction clutch disk 59.
and „adjacent each disk 5U the shaft has keyed
thereto, a disk 5|. Each drive sprocket assembly
thus includes aloose wheel 49, a loose disk 50, '
and a keyed disk, or wheel 5|, _with the friction
disks.50 respectively sandwiched between a wheel
49 and wheel 5|. These unit assemblies are prop
erly spaced apart along the shaft 48 by means of 60
spacers 52. A spring 53 between one end of the
bracket 41 and the adjacent wheel 49 serves to
press all vunits yieldably to hold the friction disks
in engagement with the respective wheels 49, 5|
in each assembly.
As indicated in FigureV 7 each wheel 5| is pro
vided with a circumferentially spaced series of
holes 54 in any one of which may be mounted a
transversely extending cylindrical pin 55, which
may include a roller, if desired.
70
The underside of the table 2| carries a re
versible type of electric motor 56 as shown in Fig
ures 1 and 2, the motor having a shaft to drive a
worm gear set ’51, thereby turning .the drive shaft
48 through reduction gearing '51'.
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The depending ends of the bracket 41 carry a
transverse, horizontal plate 58 as shown best in
ated chain 39.` By this means the chains y39 are
moved and stopped to advance the horses carried
Figures '.7 and 8, said plate carrying nine upright
thereby.
brackets 59 for pivotally mounting a series of
nine upright levers 60. Each lever at its upper
end is formed with a bent end to provide a dog
As shown in Figure 7 the bracket 41 carries a
cross bar 11 for mounting adjacent each finish
ing end of the strips 21, an insulator pack 18
6| adapted to be moved into engagement with the
for carrying separate switch units, respectively
teeth on the adjacent sprocket wheels 49. Below
this end 49, each lever 60 includes a cam, or wedge
comprising groups of two upright spring arms
surface 62 adapted to lie respectively in the path
gapped apart by the springiness of the stock»,_one
of movement of the pins 55 on the wheels 5|.
Each lever 80 at a point midway or so between
its ends has connected to it one end of a pull
spring 63, the other end of which is connected to
a channel shaped lever 64 pivoted at 65 to a
bracket 66 mounted on the plate 58, as shown.
Each lever 64 includes a bight portion carrying
of the arms in each set extending above its mate
to carry a bumper element 8|. There are nine
such switch units in the present form of the in
vention and each presents a bumper element 8|
in the path of movement respectively of the
slides 30, so that when any slide reaches the race
finish line, it will engage and' close the switch
unit for a purpose presently to appear.
The end of the drive shaft 48 away from the
motor 56 carries loosely thereon a ratchet wheel
on its under face a trip element 61 located in a
19, each set including contacts 80 normally held
position to be engaged by an improved trip wheel
Each lever
84 has the bight thereof stopped short of the >82 (see Figure 13). >Adjacent said wheel is a
end of the lever thereby providing a stop shoulder hub 83 keyed to the shaft 48 and including an
arm 84 carrying a gravity pawl 85 and a stop 86
69 and extended sides to span the respective le
therefor. The hub 83 carries the sprocket wheel
vers 60.
20 structure presently to be described.
~ Below the drive shaft 48 the bracket 41 jour
nals a transverse auxiliary control shaft 69 as
shown best in Figures 7 and 8 and on said shaft
is a sleeve structure 10 turning always with the
shaft and including nine disk wheels 1| also turn
ing with the shaft. Each disk wheel 1| is formed
with a concentric ring of spaced holes 12 any one
of which is adapted to receive and ñrmly hold a
14 heretofore mentioned so that it can be seen
that the drive through chain 15 to the counter
shaft 69 is through the ratchet wheel 82 as gov~
erned by the gravity pawl driver 85.
Each switch 19 at one side connects by means
of respective wires 81 with a main power- line 30
~wire 88 as shown in Figure 12, while the other
side of each switch connects by means of taps
89 with a wire 90 leading to an electromagnet 9|.
laterally extending trip pin and roller 13.
Looking now at Figures 1 and 9 it will be seen
By means of these sockets 12 the pins on the
several disk wheels 1| may be angularly offset , that the magnet 9| is mounted on a bracket 92
relatively in any desired staggered relationship.
suitably carried by the underside of the table 2|
It can now be seen that one wheel 1| is provided
or the adjacent side wall of the cabinet as desired.
for each drive sprocket wheel 49 so that a control
for each of the race object moving chains 39 can
This bracket 92 also mounts- a solenoid 93 having
a core operating a link 94, which at its free end
40 be achieved in a manner soon to appear.
The main drive shaft 48 is driven from the
electric motor 56 in the manner already described.
Said shaft 48 carries at one end in a manner later
'to be described and as seen in Figures 1 and 8
a sprocket wheel 14 for rotation to drive a sprock
et chain 15 that serves to drive a sprocket wheel
16 in turn driving the shaft 69 and wheels 1|.
Thus, the shaft 69 and wheels 1| turn in the
direction of the arrow shown in Figure 7.
In the position of the parts shown in Figures 7
and 8 the sprocket wheels 49 drive the chains 39.
However, when a pin trip 13 of a control disk
wheel 12 engages the arm 61 of the associated
trip lever 64, said lever 64 is pushed downwardly
i causing the shoulder 68 to separate from, or leave,
the associated upright lever 69, whereupon the
spring 83 is operative to pull said lever 60 toward
the adjacent sprocket Wheel 49 to engage the dog
6| in the teeth thereof for temporarilyy locking
GO said wheel 49 against rotation. The associated
loose friction disk 59 permits this to happen.
However, the wheel 5| keyed to the shaft 48 con
tinues to turn and eventually its pin 55 rides
against the surface 62 to cam or wedge the lever
90 back to its position free of the .wheel 49, it
being understood that the release action of >the
control wheel 1| is only momentary since said
wheel 1| continues to rotate.
As the lever 60 thus is moved to its sprocket
wheel releasing position the spring 83 is effec
tive to raise the lever 64 until the shoulder 68
thereof locks with the lever 60 to hold the parts
in the position shown in Figure '1. With the
sprocket wheel 49 thus unlocked the friction disk
75 50 again serves to drive the same and its associ
is pivotally connected to an arm 95 that normally 40
is pulled by a spring 96 to back said arm against
a stop pin 91 also carried on the bracket.
This arm 95 is rockably mounted on a horizon
tal shaft 98,»the portion of the arm surrounding
the shaft being enlarged as a wheel which in
cludes a cam notch 99. This notch 99 is co
operable with the hook end on an armature |09 _
pivoted at lili to the bracket 92, a spring |92
serving normally to hold the said armature away
from the electromagnet 9|. The shaft 98 ex
tends through the bracket 92 to carry on the
other side of the bracket a disk |03, carrying
spring clamps |04 for- mounting a pair of tilting
type mercury switches |05 and |86. These
switches as will presently appear, serve to con
trol the direction of rotation of the reversible
electric motor 56 and thereby determine whether
the chains 39 are to move in a direction for ad
vancing the horses as in a race or are'to run in>
reverse for returning the horses to >their starting 60
positions. The form of reversing switch herein
illustrated is merely by way of example and in
practice other well known forms of switches ac
complishing the desired result may be used.
A wire 90 as has been described, leads to the
magnet 9| and a wire |91 leads from said mag
net 9| to the mercury switch |85. A tap |08
leads from the wire |01 to the source of power
adjacent the main line 88. A wire |99 leads from
the switch |05 to a variable resistance H9 and
thence to the motor 56. A wire ||| connects
the motor 56 and main line 8_8. A wire H2 goes
from the motor 56 and connects with one side
of each of the switches 43, the other side of said
switches 43 connecting with a Wire ||3 leading 75
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into the other mercury switch |06. Awire >| |»4
leads from said >switch |06 to 'the motor i56'and
the other end of said switch |06 connects >by
shaft>69 turns ,the pin wheeldisks :1| turn there
with; however, yunder the gravity'pawl drive ac_
-means of a wire ~| |:5 with the-motor‘lead ||2.
tinuously.
-tion -the rdisks “1| do not turn evenly and con
Thus momentary stoppage of the
A starting button switch I |16 on'the front >wall
‘disks 1| does occur. When a pin 13 engages and
22 .of the cabinet connects a. wire ||1 with sole
noid 93 and completes a circuit through wire | |8
lowers a .lever 64 the associated spring 63 pulls
the lever 60 to engage its stop 6| in the run of
with the main line 88, there further being 'a tap
||9 connected between the power line Y|08 and
if) solenoid 93. A wire >|20 runs from the switch |06
to the motor 56, as shown.
This completes the detailed description of the
the adjacent sprocket wheel 49, thus locking said
various parts, and the manner of use and mode
of operation of the improved race game appa
. .a LA ratus will next be described.
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In starting the play of the game the nine horse
carriers 30 are in the starting position at the
front end‘of the tracks ..29 with all carriers and
simulated horses in transverse alinement, and
with the respective front walls 3| vof the carriers
30 pressed forwardly against the bumpers 46 to
wheel 49 against rotation.
It .follows that the associated chain 39 stops 10
and the horse fastened thereto temporarily
comes to .rest -to .delay its progress in the race.
The associated driver wheel 5| continues to turn
and eventually .its Apin ‘55 engages the cam 62
to push the lever 60 back or away from the
sprocket wheel to free it, whereupon the fric
tion disk A50 causes the said wheel again to be
.driven to advance the delayed chain and horse.
When Athe lever 6i! is thus `forced back the same
interlocks with the lever -arm 64 at the point
58 to releasably >hold the lever 60 in its disen
hold open all of theswitches 44. In this con
nection it is important to keep in mind the tilted
gaged position.
vposition of both mercury switches |05 and |06.
nine levers 60 is successively released to sprocket
. They are disposed for vrocking movement on a
transverse horizontal-axis and they extend longi
tudinally. In starting both switches are tilted
with their forward ends down and their rear
ends up, the forward end, of course, being -in the
direction of the front wall 22. The solenoid 93
andthe electromagnet 9| are deenergized since
they are
in open circuits. .Accordingly the
springs 96- and v|02 hold the armatures for these
electromagnetic devices in positions as shown in
Figure 9.
The play begins when the starting switch H6
is closed, by hand or by a -coin released mecha
nism, if desired. Closing of the starting switch
'H6 as best seenin Figure .412 causes the solenoid
93 to be energized, whereupon the armature 94
is operative to pull the lever 95 (see Figure 9) to
rock the ‘shaft 490 and disk |03. This tilts both
switches |05, |06 together. The shoulder 91locks
with the hooked end |00 of the armature for
_- the magnet 9|. The solenoid is only momentarily
energized and the lock 91, |00 acts to hold the
switches releasably in their newly‘tilted positions.
Going back now to Figure 12 when the switches
|05, |05 have been tilted down at their rear
50 ends, we iind certain circuits are closed. For
instance, power goes through line |08, through
tap wire |01 and into the switch |05, wire |09,
resistance H6, to motor 56, and by tap |||
shown to wire -80 to complete a motor circuit
causing rotation of the motor in a direction
that will drive the chains 39 to advance the
horses from the starting -position thereof and
toward the finish line.
The motor 56 turns and itsshaft through
worm gears 51, and reduction gearing shown in
Figure 1, rotates the rear cross shaft 48. This
causes all of the nine driver disks 5| to turn
and through Athe friction meansfäéì, each of the
loose sprocket wheels 49 is -driven to drive the
nine chains 39.
As a consequence all nine car
rier slides 30 leave the switches-45, causing them
to open, and to advance the horses 34 toward
the winning end of the track.
The horses have how started their advance.
As the shaft 48 turns the plate 84 also turns and
when the gravity dog 05 hangs pendantly from
its pivot, said dog will pick up and engage the
ratchet wheel 82 to turn same. It follows, there
fore, that the sprocket wheel 14 also turns to
75 .drive the chain 15 andthe shaft 69. As the
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By means of the `pin wheels 1| each -of the
locking position.
The various angular placing L
or" the trips '13 on the disks 1! serves to make
the cycle of operation diñicult to determine and
by changing the relative positions of these trips
13 .on Vtheir wheels from time to time further
diiiîcu'lty will be encountered by players attempt
ing `toiigure the cycle of operations. The gravity
pawl _driver structure of Figure 13 still further
makes it impossible to forecast the cycles of
movement offthe horses because said‘pawl driver
acts in Van irregular, indeterminate manner.
In the same manner ’that the angular posi
tioning of the pins 1.3 on the trip wheels 1| can
be changed from time to time, >so can lthe pins
5.5 on the disks 5| similarly vbe shifted to vary
their order of operation. Thus, by the combina
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tion of the mechanical .timers on the shafts 48
and 69 and the irregularly operable gravity pawl
drive it is difñcult to predict with certainty what
the cycles of movement of the horses will be.
This is desirable from the standpoint of player
interest.
Eventually, un-der the influence of the delayed
action differential driving mechanism, one of
the horses reaches the end of its raceway be
fore any of the others. The first horse to reach
the winning line causes the end 3| of the car
rier .30 to push against the associated spring
switch bumper .8|.
Let us assume thata horse in one track reaches
the winning line ñrst and closes the end switch Cn "il
80. Instantly a circuit from lead B8, a. wire 81,
wire 96 sends Ithe current to the elemtromagnet
9| which -is connected'by wire |08 to complete
the circuit. 'I'he magnet 9| therefore `is ener
gized.
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As shown in Figure 9, the armature for said
magnet 9| is moved against the pull of its spring
to free the hooker end thereof from the shoulder
99, whereupon the spring 96 pulls the lever >95
to rock the disk £03 and tilt the mercury switches 65
|65, |06 to the position shown in Figure 9.
The switch |05 is now reversed to break the
motor circuits heretofore described which caused
the drive to advance the horses toward the 1in
ish line.
The circuit to the motor is now as
follows: from wire |68, to wire |01, past switch
|65 to wire ||3, through closed switches 44 and
Wire | I2 and into themotor 56. By means of a
Wire running from the motor and into wire |20
connection y,is made 4at the low end of switch
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§06 with a wire IM and back into the motor
for intermittently driving the rotary trip devices,
56. The lead III takes the motor back to the
and respective means operatively associated with
power line 88.
The reverse setting of the mercury switch |06
serves to effect through the circuits described, a
reversal of the motor 56 and a reverse drive of all
each drive sprocket wheel to cause disengage
ment of the brake members and their return
sprocket wheels 49 and the chains 39, thereby
causing the carrier slides 30 with the horses to
be moved back to the starting line. Reverse drive
10 of the shaft d8 does not -añect the auxiliary shaft
69'since the drive pawl 85 turning reversely
merely rides idly over the ratchet wheel B2.
The slides 30 now return one by one in any
order at a uniform rate of travel and as they
to latched inoperative positions.
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3. Ina race game having an elongated frame
carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a plurality of idler sprocket
Wheels and the other shaft carrying a like num
‘ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for
driving the latter shaft and means on said latter
shaft for frictionally turning thef drive sprocket
wheels independently therewith, race object mov
ing chains enveloping the idler and drive sprocket
15 reach the starting position each carrier slide in
wheels, movably mounted brake members pro
turn backs against the switches ¿it to open the
same. Since these switches are in parallel the
motor circuit is not broken' until the last horse
to return, which will be the Winning horse, closes
20 its switch. Thus, when the last switch 44 is
closed the motor circuit is completely broken
and the motor 56 stops with all carriers 3Q hold
ing open the nine switches 44 preparatory to the
running of another race.
vided respectively for engaging the drive sprock
ets to hold’ them against rotation, movably
This completes the description of the operation
and use of the improved game apparatus, and the
same is now set for a subsequent play or race,
when the starting switch llt is again closed.
It is the intention to cover all changes and
departures from the example disclosed which do
not depart from the spirit and scope of the in
vention as indicated by the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. In a race game having an elongated frame
7 carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a plurality of idler sprocket
wheels and the other shaft carrying a like ninn
ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for
driving the latter shaft and means on said latter
40 shaft for frictionally turning the drive sprocket
wheels independently therewith, race object
moving chains enveloping the idler and drive
sprocket wheels, movably mounted brake mem
bers provided respectively for engaging the drive
45 sprockets to hold them against rotation, mov
ably mounted latch means provided respectively
for holding the brake members in inoperative
positions, the combination with said latch means
of rotary trip devices respectively positioned ad
jacent the latch means for causing release of
the latch means and movement of the brake
members to drive sprocket engaging positions,
and respective means operatively associated with
each drive sprocket wheel to cause disengage
55 ment of the brake members and their return to
mounted latch means provided respectively for
holding the brake members in inoperative posi
tions, the combination with said latch means of 20
a transverse auxiliary shaft disposed adjacent
the drive shaft, rotary devices on said auxiliary
shaft and turnable therewith, each of said de
vices including a trip for respectively engaging
an associated latch means to free a brake mem
ber and cause its movement to drive sprocket
braking position, and respective means oper
atively associated with each drive sprocket Wheel
to release the brake members and cause their
return to latched inoperative positions.
4. In a race game having an elongated frame
carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a plurality of idler sprocket .
wheels and the other shaft carrying a like num
ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for 35
driving the latter shaft and means on said latter
shaft for frictionally turning the drive sprocket
wheels independently therewith, race object
moving chains enveloping vthe idler Vand drive
sprocket wheels, movably mounted brake mem 40
bers provided respectively for engaging the drive
sprockets to hold them against rotation, movably
mounted latch means provided respectively for
holding the brake members in inoperative posi
tions, the combination with said latch means of a 45
transverse auxiliary shaft disposed adjacent the
drive shaft, means for intermittently driving the
auxiliary shaft from the drive shaft, trip devices
turnable with said auxiliary shaft, each device
respectively associatedwith a latch member to 50
engage same for releasing a brake member to
cause engagement of the latter with a drive
sprocket Wheel, and respective meansfor each
drive sprocket wheel to release an applied brake
member and cause its movement to inoperative 55
latched inoperative positions.
latched position.
2. In a race game having an elongated frame
carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a plurality of idler sprocket
carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a pluralityof idler sprocket
60 wheels and the other shaft carrying a like num
ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for
driving the latter shaft and means on said latter
shaft for frictionally turning the drive >sprocket
Wheels independently therewith, race object mov
ing chains enveloping the idler and drive sprocket
Vwheels, movably mounted brake members pro
vided respectively for engaging the drive sprock
ets to hold them against rotation, movably
mounted latch means provided respectively for
70 holding the brake members in inoperative posi
tions, the combination with said latch means of
rotary trip devices respectively positioned adja
cent the latch means for causing release of the
latch means and movement of the brake mem
75 bers to drive sprocket engaging positions, means
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5. In a race game having an elongated frame
Wheels and the other shaft carrying a like num
ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for
driving the latter shaft and means on said lat
ter shaft for frictionally turning the drive
sprocket wheels independently therewith, race
object moving chains enveloping the idler and
drive sprocket wheels, movably mounted brake
members provided respectively for engaging the
drive sprockets to hold them against rotation,
movably mounted latch means provided respec
tively for holding the brake members in inoper 70
ative positions, the combination with said latch
means of a transverse auxiliary shaft disposed
adjacent the drive shaft, disks respectively as
sociated with each latch member and mounted
on the auxiliary shaft to turn therewith, means
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to drive the auxiliary shaftfrom .the drive shaft,
trips `respectively disposed on `the disks and po
sitioned to disengage the respective latch mem
bers to free the respective brake members for
movement to drive sprocket braking positions,
and means turnable with the drive shaft and
disposed respectively for releasing the brake
members from the drive sprocket wheels and
causing return of the brake members to latched
inoperative positions.
6. In a race game having an elongated frame
carrying a transverse shaft at each end thereof,
one shaft carrying a plurality of idler sprocket
Wheels and the other shaft carrying a like num
, ber of loose drive sprocket wheels, means for
driving the latter shaft and means on said lat
ter shaft for frictionally turning the drive sprock
et wheels independently therewith, race object
moving chains enveloping the idler and drive
f sprocket wheels, movably mounted brake mem
bers provided respectively for engaging the drive
sprockets to hold them against rotation, movably
mounted latch means provided respectively for
holding the brake members in inoperative posi
„. tions, the combination with said latch means of
a transverse auxiliary shaft disposed adjacent the
drive shaft, disks respectively associated with
each latch member and mounted on the auxiliary
shaft to turn therewith, means to drive the auxil
iary shaft, each disk provided with a ring of
holes, the holes adapted for mounting a trip pin
on each disk in any. desired angular position,
said trip pins being adapted to disengage the re
spective latch members to free the respective
35 brake members for movement to brake the drive
sprocket wheels, and means for releasing the ap
plied brake members and for causing return of
the brake members to latched inoperative posi
tions.
7. In a race game a drive shaft, a drive sprock
et for a chain, the sprocket mounted loose on
the shaft, a driver disk turnable with the shaft,
means yieldably moving the sprocket against the
disk, a friction member between the disk and
`45 sprocket, said disk carrying .a trip pin, a spring
pulled brake lever pivotally mounted adjacent
the sprocket and adapted to brake the sprocket,
a movably mounted latch member for normally
holding the brake lever in released position, the
50 combination with said brakellever of an auxiliary
shaft driven from the drive shaft, and means on
said auxiliary shaft to release the latch member
to cause movement of the brake lever to engage
and >brake the sprocket, a driver disk trip pin
serving to >disengage the brake and free the
sprocket and cause movement of the brake to its
released latched position.
8. In a race game a drive shaft, a drive sprock- .
et for a chain, the sprocket `mounted loose on
the shaft, a driver disk turnable with the shaft,
means yieldablymoving the sprocket against the
disk, a friction member between the disk and
sprocket, said disk carrying a trip pin, a. spring
pulled brake lever pivotally mounted adjacent the
sprocket and adapted to brake the sprocket, a
movably mounted latch member for normally
holding the brake lever in released position, the
combination with said brake lever of an auxiliary . .
shaft carried adjacent the >drive shaft, means
for irregularly driving the auxiliary shaft from
the drive shaft, and -a trip device turnable with
the auxiliary shaft to cause release vof the latch
member to cause movementof the brake lever to
engage and brake the sprocket, the driver disk
trip pin serving to disengage the brake and free
the sprocket and cause movement of the brake
to its released latched position.
9. In a race game a drive shaft, a drive sprock
et for a chain, the sprocket mounted loose on
the shaft, a driver disk turnable with the shaft,
means yieldably moving the sprocket against the
disk, a friction member between the disk and
sprocket, said disk carrying a trip pin, a spring ï`-'
pulled brake lever pivotally mounted adjacent
the sprocket and adapted to brake the sprocket,
a movably mounted latch member for normally
holding the brake lever in released position, the
combination with said brake lever of an auxiliary 5`-'
shaft carried adjacent the drive shaft, means
for driving the auxiliary shaft, a disk turnable
with the auxiliary shaft, a trip on said auxiliary
shaft disk positioned to engage the latch and
move it to free the brake lever for movement to
sprocket braking position, the trip pin on the
drive shaft driver disk Serving to disengage the
brake and free the sprocket and whereby the
brake lever may move to its latched inoperative
position.
10. The combination as claimed in claim 9 in
which the auxiliary shaft disk is provided with a
ring of holes whereby the trip thereon may be
mounted in any one of said holes to alter its
angular position relative to said disk.
BRADLEE W. WILLIAMS.
HOMER S. WILLIAMS.
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