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Juné 21, 1938.
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E. HORN
‘2,121,695
‘SWITCH FOR TOY VEHICLE TRACKS
Filed Nov. 18, 1936
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2,121,696
Patented June 21, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFHCE
2,121,696
SWITCH FOR TOY VEHICLE TRACKS
Ernst Horn, Nuremberg, Germany
Application November 18, 1936, Serial No. 111,514
- In Germany May 20, 1936
3 Claims.
This invention relates to switches for toy ve
hicle tracks, and more particularly to switches
for tracks of this kind that are adapted for the
travel of toy-vehicles without the use of rails.
My invention consists essentially therein that
the switch-tongue which is ordinarily adjustable
in lateral direction to close or open the respec
tive track is of proper construction to have its
edge, against which the toy-vehicle abuts, posi
10 tioned at such a height above the track that the
(Cl. 104-130)
of a bolt or guide pin 8 of any desired proper
conformation, said bolt being fast on said tongue
and entering a guide-slot 8' provided in the
track-body.
1
.
For adjusting the switch by hand there is pro
vided the double-armed. switch operating lever
3 whose free end may eventually also be bent in
upward direction to provide better facilities for
gripping said lever by hand. In the construction
shown in the drawing the switch is so adjusted > '10
toy-vehicle during passage through the switch
does not abut against said switch-tongue with
that a toy-vehicle arriving on the track I’ may
freely enter the track i, the passage from track
its wheels but with the lateral surface of its body.
The body of the toy-vehicle during passage
6" into track i being blocked by the switch
tongue 4. However, if the switch-tongue 4 had
15 through the switch will thus slide along said
switch-tongue and push the latter towards the
side.
According to my invention the switch tongue
is further provided at the edge which comes in
20 sliding contact with the body of the toy-vehicle
during passage of the latter through the switch
with a convexly curved surface projecting into
the track, said surface serving to receive the im
pact of the toy vehicle, entering the switch, so
25 that the toy-vehicle will move the switch-tongue
in a lateral direction over the track without any
appreciable shock being exerted.
previously not been adjusted by hand, the toy
switch-tongue the toy-vehicle will abut with its
lateral wall against said switch-tongue without 25
producing any heavy shock and during continued
travel move said switch tongue relatively quickly
In the accompanying drawing which forms part
and without disturbance over the track in a
of this speci?cation I have represented an ex
30 ample of a switch constructed in accordance
with my invention, Fig. 1 being a side-view show
lateral direction.
The switch-tongue or looking member 4 is
ing the new switch as well as a toy-vehicle en
tering the same, Fig. 2 a top»view taken on Fig. 1,
Fig. 3 an elevation, partly in section of a part of
35 the body of the switch in direction transversely
to the tracks showing in particular the switch
tongue and its connection with the bottom of the
track, and Fig. 4 an elevation, partly in section,
in the direction of the track showing in par
40 ticular the toy-vehicle entering the switch and
abutting against the switch-tongue. Fig. 5 is a
fragmentary plan View of a modi?ed barrier
member.
As Fig. 1 shows, the switch-tongue or looking
45 member proper 4 of the switch is cranked in an
upward direction, so that the wheels of the toy
vehicle do not come in contact with the switch
tongue but only the lateral wall of the body of
shown in the drawing as being provided with a
convexly curved surface 6 only at one side. Ob
viously, this convexly curved surface may also
be provided according to my invention at the
other side of the switch-tongue, as indicated by a 35
dotted line 6’ in the drawing. However, it should
be understood that it is not absolutely necessary
to provide in connection with the novel cranked
switch-tongue the convexly curved surface 6; in
other words, according to my invention the
cranked switch-tongue and the convexly curved
surface on the latter are not necessarily com
bined on one and the same switch-tongue.
Also, the bolt 8 and the slot 8' forming a guide
for the former may be omitted in my novel 45
cranked switch-tongue.
I claim:
1. A switch section adapted for insertion into
a trough-shaped track body for the travel of
a toy vehicle thereon, said switch comprising a
the vehicle. The switch-tongue or looking mem
50 ber 4, moreover, is pivoted as shown at d’ to the
track-body, the pivot being mounted on the core
pair of converging trough-shaped track portions
piece 2 of the switch.
In order to secure proper guiding of the switch
tongue during its swinging motion, the front
merging into a single trough-shaped track por
tion, a swingable barrier pivotally attached to
said section intermediate said converging por
65 pointed part of the latter is supported by means
15
vehicle must move the switch-tongue 4 towards
the side when entering the track 5. This is ac
complished according to my invention in such
a way that the toy-vehicle l abuts at the point
6 against the switch-tongue 4, the latter pro 20
jecting with its convexly curved surface into the
track.
Owing to the convexly curved surface of the
tions and capable of being selectively positioned 55
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across the mouth of either of said converging
portions, the working edge surfaces of said bar
rier being positioned at a height greater than
the height of the wheels of a toy vehicle,v said
barrier being adapted to be moved aside by the
engagement therewith of the body of a vehicle
approaching from the trailing direction, at least
one of said working surfaces adjacent the pivot
of said barrier being outwardly convex to provide
10 a surface for engaging a vehicle approaching from
the trailing direction more nearly at right angles
to the path of the vehicle than the remainder
of said surface.
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2. A switch section adapted for insertion into
15 a trough-shaped track body for the travel of a
toy vehicle thereon, said switch comprising a
pair of converging trough-shaped track portions
merging into a single trough-shaped track por
tion, a swingable barrier pivotally attached to
20 said section intermediate said converging por
tions and capable of being selectively positioned
across the mouth of either of said converging
portions, the working edge surfaces of said bar
rier being positioned at a height greater than
25 the height of the wheels of a toy vehicle, said
barrier being adapted to be moved aside by the
engagement therewith of the body of a vehicle
approaching from the trailing direction, at least
one of said working surfaces adjacent the pivot
so ‘of said barrier being outwardly convex. to pro
vide a surface for engaging a vehicle approach
ing from the trailing direction more nearly at
right angles to the path of the vehicle than the
remainder of said surface, the pivoted portion
of said barrier being offset in a lower horizontal
plane than the remaining portion of said bar
rier to permit said latter portion to be positioned
at the height aforesaid.
‘
3; A switch section adapted for insertion into
a trough-shaped track body‘ for the travel of a 10
toy vehicle thereon, said switch comprising a pair
of converging trough-shaped track portions merg
ing into a single trough-shaped track portion, a
swingable' barrier pivotally attached to said sec
tion intermediate said converging portions and 16
capable of‘being selectively positioned across the
mouth of either of said converging portions, the
working‘ edge surfaces of said barrier being posi
tioned at a height greater than the height of the
wheels of a toy vehicle, said barrier being adapt 20
ed to be moved aside by the engagement there
with of the body of a vehicle approaching from
the trailing direction, both of said Working sur
faces adjacent the pivot of said barrier being
outwardly convex to provide surfaces for engag 2.6
ing a vehicle approaching from the trailing di
rection more nearly at right angles to the path
of the vehicle than the remainder of said sur
faces.
ERNST HORN.
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