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Jan. 11, 1938.
’ 2,105,416
Filed April 14, 1937
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2 Sheets-Sheet l
Jan. 11, 1938.
Filed April 14, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Patented Jan. 11, 1938
Jack A. Hansen, Matanuska, Territory of Alaska
Application April 14,
4 Claims.
1937, Serial No. 136,911
(Cl. 104—279)
This invention relates to what is believed to be
a. new accessory attachable to railway track mo
tor cars, the same being expressly constructed to
effectively dislodge and scrape ice from the track
rails to provide continuous and effective traction
and to thereby promote safety‘ to all'concerned.
In order .to provide a 7 more effective back
and to thereby enable the operator of the car to
have de?nite control of said devices at all times.
Other features and advantages of the inven
tion will become apparent from the accompany
ing illustrative drawings and following detailed
description thereof.
In the drawings, wherein like numerals are
ground illustrative of the need for an invention
‘used to designate like parts throughout the views:
’of this type, a brief résumé of present prevail
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of what may
be called a conventional track motor car, show
ing one of the attachments applied thereto and
ing conditions is now given.
During fall and winter when temperatures drop
to freezing and below, snow, ice and frost are
the main obstacles a railroad motor car has to
contend with. .This is especially the case in
occupying its ready-to-use operating position.
Figure 2 is a view of the attachment per se
Alaska, Canada, and in colder sections of the
with parts in section and elevation.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of
the attaching plate.
The snow alone is not so difficult, as it
can easily be brushed off the rail by the ordinary
snow ?angers, of which there are several types,
all more or less successful. These ?angers are‘
0 in most cases attached to car frame sides in
front of the front wheels and are raised or
lowered by various, methods. A coating of ice
underlying the snow and frozen to the rail is
quite common, or the ordinary frost or a coating
of ice alone on the railis a much more difficult
The ordinary snow ?angers will
_ remove the loose snow, but do not have the least
e?ect on either the ice or frost. When a motor
car comes in contact with the above mentioned
Figure fl is a cross-section on a slightly en
larged scale, the section being on the line'4-4
of Figure 2.
In the drawings in Figure 1, the'conven 20
tional track motor car is denoted by the letter
A and includes a platform B, front wheels C,
and rear wheels D. The adapter of attaching
plate, which is of appropriate metal, is indicated
by'the numeral 5, and this is of suitable propor 25
tions and is bolted or otherwise secured as at 6
to supporting blocks or the like 1 provided on
the central marginal portion of the platform or
frame B. As will be hereinafter seen, when the
condition, whether equipped with snow flangers ' attachment proper is removed, this plate 5 con 30
or not, it is just a, case of take it off the track
or push it home.
stitutes a so-called running board.
The numeral 8 designates generally an adapter
A motor car operator may leave his station
?xture having a substantially triangular upper
with weather and rails favorable, but before he
arrives at his destination the weather may change
or he may run into a section of the country
where, due to atmospheric conditions, rails are
covered with a heavy coating of frost or sleet
immediately after a train has passed. It is with
4.34.0 such conditions in mind, coupled with my own
personal experiences in operating a motor car,
that I have, after ?ve years of experimenting,
etc‘., arrived-at what I know to be a practical and
fool-proof ice scraper.
In reducing to practice the principles ofathe
present inventive conception, I have found it
expedient and practicable to- adopt a structure
portion with the feature 9 thereof bolted as at
ID to the attaching plate 5. The feature H con 35
stitutes a diagonal brace and joins with the de
pending leg IZ, the latter feature constituting a
shield and riding in close proximity behind the
front wheel C. This feature l2 terminates in
spaced relation above the ball or head of the
track or rail,’ as is evident. At this-particular
point it is provided with suitable guides I3 and
M to accommodate the spring pressed slidably
mounted scraping blade l5. This blade is of
- appropriate'tempered steel and has its effective
working end properly sharpened, if so desired.
1_On its central and back portion it is provided
' with an integral screw-threaded nut IE to ac
comprising a pair of attachments applicable to
opposite sides of- the truck of the track car, these " commodate the screw-threaded end I‘! of the
attachments cooperating with and trailing‘ the plunger rod l8. The rod l8 extends up through i
front wheels to insure constant contact with the
ball or head ofthe rails, ‘whereby to insure re
a guide collar I9 on the under side of the at;
taching plate 5. There is a collar 20 on top of
liable results, the attachments'being such that
the plate through and beyond which the rod
the spring pressed scraping blades are susceptible - extends. - This extending portion of the: rod is
, ‘o?being raised or lowered as conditions require
provided with an appropriate hand-grip 2| 1and
The ends of the stop pin 22 are
while the cutting plates are down, they merely
releasably projectable into keeper notches 23 in
bend where the adjusting nut has been welded on.
The temper at this point on the plate is usually
taken out of the plate in welding the adjusting
stop pin 22.
the rearwardly inclined upper end portions of the
riser or collar 22.
a ,
The numeral 24 designates a
coiled expansion spring which surrounds the
plunger rod between the projectable and re
tractable nut l6 and the ?xed-abutment collar
l9. This spring maintains the stop pins 22 in
yieldable engagement with the keeper’ notch 25
ing to the operator to raise them before contin
when the plunger "rod is elevated and the pins
other‘ oily substance, whichcimigh't interfere with
nut on. However, as a rule, the scraping sound
made by the scrapers is usually suflicient warn
Thecutting plate also removes grease or any
are disengaged from "the s1ots7231. Thus,‘ the the-‘braking powerof trains. In instances where
wrecks have taken place, and in the re-railing
spring 24 exerts a constant pressure on the ad
justable nut connectionbetween the rod l8 arid-71' or: equipment, wheel ?anges and re-railing frogs
the nut It to force the slidable icescraping bladev are-loiledgto aid in getting them back on the track
I5 into contact with the rail." ‘By lifting up 'on' again. "The oil in‘ this way is transmitted to the 15
the plunger rod and retracting'l'the; blade,‘ thew rrail’sand of course-‘should be removed The cut
handle 2| can be turned so as to lodge thehdetent , tingl'plate forces all this grime off the rail into
pin 22 in the seat or keeper ‘notch2ilf‘'At"this'~
time the pins are at right angles to thes'slotsi23;
the‘?'rst 'op'en rail joint and leaves the rail in
thus maintaininge the blade I 5
lower portionoiv the assembly‘ duringthesum 20
If it is desired to remove the
xp'orarilyjcleai'*of‘the’lrail; ‘that
~_~ " tw'o‘ojf
‘ Therejis
practically nothing
in the assembly
‘ '
‘vices are used, ‘that is; on ‘opposite sides} of the
wear' outi The scrapers will‘, of course, in time,
, platform B, and they sare'located 'in the‘ position ‘show, some wear, ‘but ‘they can be easily and
‘shown in"Figur'e I'S'O'that the guard 1'2 and
' blade _I 5 occupy: the desired incliningshavingre';
,It i'sfthought
‘ V the description
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connection ‘with 'thei'drawings‘ will; enable ,aclear
understandingfof the‘ invention to be had: There'
fore,‘ a more lengthyjdescription is thoughtjun- ,
iio’tor' canmaywbe ‘absolutely
stalled, due to ice" or frost, and by lowering
scrapers l5’ it will in a short distance attain 60
> These scrapers. (the
{of its normal
speedl- are
bolted on the side of the motor car frame. just
backofthefrontwheels and in front of the rear
‘tion‘ has been shown and described, it is to be
understood’ that minor vchanges coming within
‘the ?eld of invention claimed mayberesortedto I.‘
' wheels. The top'plateof the assemblylcaribe
if desired;
»ursed- as, arenntnent running-{Maid All new
:cars’should, asp‘a matter :Of safety,’ be provided
lluIn a structural vassemblage of the class de
scribed; ‘in' combination, a track-type motor car
with a running’board of some sort, as practically
,allmotor wcars/‘have their driveonthe reare'axle,
comprising a platform having" ‘front ‘and rear
track engaging wheels, ice‘ scraping devices ‘on
:rinitarelins Over??? emi frost loosen it and, aid
ltheysiqapgisstqi mrletely remove @111 snow and
‘tact 'thei'track' ‘within the vicinity of the front
“@{tiielfismf Wheels oréaxle'. merely turning amend
and: reqmr'ene tractiqn- Thus the .frdrit, Wheels
opposite, sides of‘the platform adapted to‘con
'. wheelsf'sa'id ‘devices ‘each including ' spring
“ pressed scraping blades,v andTshiel'dingl'guards” in“
from the 1- raiI-~a_nd; therebymgivev. the- rear
While the preferred embodiment 'of the inven
fadvan'ce'offthe‘ scraping blades; and guides for"
, The assemblyis so attached.andllocated'on the “the "blades’on said guards for positioning the
,tmotorncar as to not interfere inany way withthe scraping blades in'inclined contact with the rails
than being vtaken off/the track by ~"turntable V or
P‘: ~Qtherwise, ‘as the scraperv when in “use is incon
50 stant contact with snow} and'ice and does not be
1 come heated, but retains its case hardened temper}
regardless of how hard it is forced'onto therail.
-~ The-cutting plate is reversible, that is, it can
adjacent the perimeters of the front wheels. 7
2. Ina structure of the class described, in com-,
,'-bination, a track motor car’, including a wheel" 50
' supported platform, an ice scraping- device com
,prising an attaching plate secured'to said plat
f form, a forwardly and downwardly inclined guard
7;; _§ ‘betaken oh and theopposite end used. v, ,A Sleeve wT‘'memberv‘depending from said attaching plate
51hr pieceioftapedpipe _(no_t shownlnear the end . within the vicinity of the adjacent front wheel“ 55
;,o,f;;the boltacts asaxsafety shoulder ,and-pree , and adapted to terminate in’ spaced' relation
i vents j cutting plate ;fr,om~bein8- forced, into open
trail jointsv by isipring‘ tension; This also; has the
,same effect in passing overgfrogs, or switches.
'?oe'Thei threaded engagementjof the lower end 'ofthe
~rod lain thenut I6 permits adjustments to; be
1 aboveth'eball ‘of the rail, a spring pressed scrap
.v ing blade slidably mountedYon-said guard and
_.> projecta'ble beyond‘ the lower-_ end of the guard
‘ for contacting the rail and/‘manual adjusting
;_means fortheblade.
' madeto cutting plate by turningthe handle, on
‘ Ifiiadditional
ofithe assembly;
. 1-;is1
. =
_ .,to}.j :force
,_ , Lice
.3. An‘ attachment of the classde'scribed com
prising an attaching plate adapted to bemounted
: on one side of the platformof-a. track motor;a5
'- 65.1? off ,ithB arailh'the: sleeve or.:.piecej..of;. pipelnot' \'car, a ?xture ~detachably ‘fastened to land de- .
3 shown) can bei‘slippedjover th‘e'_bolt onieither @p'ending from Saidpmte, said ?xture including; a
- end of lthegtension spring,-this naturally short
:ening the‘ spring
; onthei’aiLLan; : 9,
iii? thev pressure
‘forwardly-and downwardly ineline'df bar 'consti—
,- tutinga-guard, said Lguardjbeing': provided with
" guide means, axscraping ;bladef'sli_dablejinsaid
70 1 Ini'c'ase. the :motorcanis equipped with; the 5
'_-,ordinarypbrakefshoe andwtOggIe-beam, itwill be . ‘ guide‘; means‘; af rod’ 'slida‘blyi‘mounted "f on said
; necessary-‘tofput an -,off_'set;in€1the_toggle_-. beamvin ; plate,i'said, blade having a nutfformedthereon,
7 order to attach‘ thev ass'emblyin at pronerinlace. ,.
vsaid rod 5 being; screw-threaded and ‘adjustably
,Otherthan this, the assemblyscanfbeginstalledron '1 connected vtwit'hl' said? nut; and ,a-v coil spring sur
75 any motor car. Should the car be backed up rounding the rod and bearing at one end against
the nut to maintain the blade in yieldable scrap
ing contact with a rail.
4. An attachment of the class described com
prising a horizontally disposable attaching plate
connectible with the platform of a track car, a
bracket detachably connected with said plate
and depending therefrom and including a for
wardly and downwardly inclined bar member in
cluding a mounting and guard, a scraping blade
10 slidably mounted on said guard and located on
the rear side thereof, a plunger rod adjustably
connected at its lower end with said scraping
blade, said rod being located in parallelism be
hind the guard, said attaching plate being pro
vided with guide collars, said rod projecting
through and above the guide collars, said rod
having an operating handle at its upper end, a
coil spring surrounding the rod and operable to
project the blade downwardly into contact with
the rail, said upper collar being provided with
side slots, and said rod having detent pins re
leasably cooperable with said slots.
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