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Sept‘. 27, 1938.
D. w. HAWKSWORTH
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2,131,174
RUNNING BOARD SADDLE CONSTRUCTION
Filed June 15, 1937
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Patented Sept. 27, 1938
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UNlTED STATES PAT NT OFFICE
2,131,174.
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RUNNING ‘BOARD SADDLE CONSTRUCTION
David W. Hawksworth, Birmingham, Mich, as
signor to Chicago-Hutchins Corporation, Chi- '
,cago, 111., a corporation of Delaware
Application June 15, 1937, Serial No. 148,420
‘5 Claims. (Cl. 108-54)
The invention relates to saddles for supporting
running boards on railway cars, and consists in
the novel construction as hereinafter set forth.
In the drawing:
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Figure l is a cross section through the roof
of a railway car to which my improved saddle is
applied;
Figure 2 is a plan view thereof;
Figure 3 is an end elevation of the saddle
bracket;
Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3 showing
a slightly modi?ed construction;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the bracket.
My improved saddle is applicable to various
15 types of car roofs, but as illustrated in Figure 1
the roof A is of the so-called two-plane type.
This is formed of adjacent roo?ng sheets A’, A2
provided at their meeting edges with vertical
flanges A3 welded to each other, the adjacent
20 portion of the sheet being preferably upwardly
o?’set as indicated at A4. My improved saddle
comprises a top plate B preferably formed of
pressed sheet metal and having a depressed cen
tral portion B’ forming a reinforcing rib, also de
pending ?anges B2 at opposite ends thereof. The
plate is further provided with a series of apertures
B3 for receiving the bolts C that secure the run
ning boards D.
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The plate B is located above the ridge of the
upper plane A5 of the roof and is supported by
brackets of the following construction. These
brackets E are preferably formed of pressed sheet
metal having a portion E’ located in the meeting
plane of the adjacent roo?ng sheets A’, A2 and
inserted in recesses pressed into the flanges A3.
Above the portion E’ is a portion E2 of slightly
greater width leaving therebetween a shoulder E3
for resting on the upper surface of the roof.
Above the portion E2 is a laterally and obliquely
offset portion E" rounding into a horizontal por
tion E4. At its outer end the portion E4 is ex
tended having an obliquely inclined portion E5, a
horizontal portion E6 and a down-turned por
tion E".
There is also, preferably an obliquely
45 extending ?ange E8 for reinforcing the ‘upwardly
offset portion. A pair of these bracket members E
is used for each saddle, the brackets being ar
ranged upon opposite sides of the ridge and of
suf?cient height to support the member B above
the upper plane of the roof. The upwardly offset
portions E6 are also sufficiently above the portions
E4 to provide clearance for the depressed rib B’ in
the member B.
The member B is secured to the
brackets by bolting the depending ?anges 132
thereof to the depending ?anges E" of the
brackets, as indicated at F.
The brackets are
rigidly secured to the roof by welding, as indicated
at G.
The construction as above described can be
manufactured at low cost, the two bracket mem
bers being exact duplicates, and as arranged have
their laterally offset portions extending in op
posite directions. The construction also has the
advantage that it does not form pockets for the
lodgement of cinders. A further advantage is 10
that the length of weld required for attaching and
sealing the two brackets is very much less than
would be required were the entire width of the
saddle to be welded to the roof
In Figure 4 a modi?ed construction is shown 15
for attaching the brackets to a non-welded roof.
In this the adjacent roo?ng sheets H and H’ are
provided with upstanding ?anges and a seam cap
I covering the same and riveted thereto. The
brackets E are attached to the side of the seam 2o
cap by rivets J, but otherwise the construction is
the same as previously described.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. A running board saddle comprising a pair
of spaced members adapted to be separately se- 25
cured to the roof on opposite sides of the ridge
thereof, each member comprising a vertically ex
tending portion located in a plane transverse to '
the roof, a laterally offset portion and a hori
zontally extending portion which is symmetrical 30
with respect to the plane of said vertical portion,
and a plate member extending between and se
cured to said bracket members having its op
posite end portions supported thereon.
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2. A running board saddle comprising a pair 35
of like bracket members adapted to be separately
attached to the roof on opposite sides of the
ridge, each bracket member having a vertically
extending portion in a plane transverse to the
roof, a laterally offset portion above said vertical 40
portion and merging into a horizontally extending
portion which is symmetrical with respect to the
plane of said vertical portion, the outer end of said
horizontal portion being upwardly offset and
terminating in a down-turned ?ange, a pressed 45
sheet metal plate supported on said bracket mem
bers and extending therebetween transversely of
the roof, said plate having a depressed reinforc
ing rib and horizontal portions at opposite ends
thereof which rest upon the upwardly offset por- 50
tions of said bracket members thereby providing
clearance for said depressed rib, said plate also
having down-turned end ?anges adjacent to the
down-turned ?anges of said bracket members and
secured thereto.
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3. The combination with a car roof having ad
attached to the roof on opposite sides of the
jacent roo?ng sheets with turned ?anges welded , ridge, each bracket member having a. vertically ex
to each other, of a running board saddle compris
tending portion in a plane transverse to the roof,
ing a pair of bracket members spaced from each a laterally’ offset portion above said vertical por
other on opposite sides of the ridge of the roof, tion and merging into a horizontally extending
each bracket member having a portion extending ~return-bent portion which is symmetrical with
vertically in the meeting plane of said roo?ng
sheets with its lower end engaging a recess pressed
into the ?anges of said sheets and being secured
by welding, said bracket also having a portion
above said vertical portion laterally o?’set from
the plane thereof and return-bent to form a hori
zontally extending portion, said horizontally ex
tending portion having its outer end extended to
form an upwardly offset portion terminating in a
down-turned ?ange, and a pressed sheet metal
plate to which the’running boards are directly at
respect to the plane of said vertical portion, the
outer end of said horizontal portion being up
wardly offset, and a pressed sheet metal plate sup
ported at its opposite ends on said upwardly offset 10
portion of said bracket members, said plate hav
ing a depressed reinforcing rib terminating ad
jacent to said upwardly o?set portions of said
bracket members and clearing the horizontally
extending return-bent portions thereof.
5. A running board saddle comprising a pair
of spaced bracket members having portions lo
tached, said plate extending between and being
cated in a common vertical plane extending trans
supported upon said bracket members having
down-turned end ?anges adjacent to the down
turned ?anges of said bracket members and bolted
thereto, said plate resting upon the upwardly
offset portions of said bracket members and hav
ing a depressed reinforcing rib which clears’ the
horizontal portions of said bracket members.
4. A running board saddle comprising a pair
of like bracket members adapted to be separately
versely to the roof, each bracket member having
a portion laterally offset from said common plane, I
and a return-bent portionin a horizontal plane
which is symmetrical with respect to said ver
tical plane, and a plate member extending be—
tween said bracket members and supported there
on, said plate being also symmetrical with respect
to said common plane.
DAVID W. HAWKSWORTH.
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