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Nov. 29,> 1938.
A, s. JONES
2,138,008
AMUSEMENT DEVI'GE
Filed Deo. 28,` 1936
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Patented Nov. 29, 1938
2,138,008
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,138,008
AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Adrian S. Jones, Redwood City, Calif.
Application December 28, 1936, Serial No. 117,692
5 Claims.
The present invention relates to improvements structural features a top 2 having legs 3 for sup
in amusement devices, and has reference to a
railroad and roadway system having means asso
ciated therewith for selectively regulating trañic
passing thereover. The apparatus is constructed
in such a manner that youngsters will not only
be aiîorded amusement in operating the trains
and other traffic, but will also derive a certain
amount of instruction from the operation there
10 of.
It is particularly proposed to provide a rail
road track and a roadway crossing the track.
I employ a novel system of signals for controlling
movement of the trains traveling on the track
and for regulating the traflic passing along the
roadway.
As a further object of the invention I propose
to provide a roadway for traffic having a runway
arranged to form part thereof, and made to be
tilted into an inclined position for imparting
movement t0 the traffic.
I also utilize a barrier
that normally is disposed on the level of the
roadway, and which may be raised by the oper
ator for halting the tramo on `the roadway.
With these and other objects in view, my in
vention consists in the combinations, construc
endless track 4 on the upper surface ’of the top (Il
2, and an electric train tis adapted to travel
along the track. The construction of the train
is conventional, and a reversible rheostat is
provided as at Ii for regulating the speed and
direction of travel of the train. I have shown 10
a tunnel at 'l which houses part of the track.
For controlling the movement of the train I
provide a signal 8, which consists oi a sheet of
material 9 secured to the upper end of a vertical
shaft Iii. The sheet is formed with an aper- 10
ture II having an electric light I2 mounted
therein. I have shown the signal as being ar-,
ranged in substantially parallel relation with
the side section I4 of the track, and a shaft I5
is connected to the shaft iû through segmental 20
bevel gears I6, (see Figure 3).
The signal 8 may be turned from the position
shown in Figure 1 into transverse relation with
respect to the track 4. During this movement a
contact arm I'I secured to the shaft I5 and in
sulated therefrom will strike a contact Iâ’ and
tions and arrangement of parts, hereinafter de
close an electric circuit I3 so as to illuminate
scribed and claimed.
For a better understanding of my invention,
reference should be had to the accompanying
the light I2. The light is observable from either
side of the sheet 9 and, if desired, the latter
drawings, forming part of this application, in
which:
Figure 1 is a plan view of my amusement de
may have reflector buttons Iâ mounted thereon 30
to enhance the appearance of the signal.
I provide a roadway indicated generally at 2l),
which is arranged to cross the track Il in the
manner shown in Figure 1.
vice;
Figure 2 a transverse vertical sectional view
taken along line 2-2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 a sectional view on line 3-3 of Fig
ure 2;
Figure 4 a transverse sectional view taken
40
porting the top at a convenient height above a
floor or the like.
It will be noted from Figure 1 that I mount an
along line 4-4 of Figure 1;
Figure 5 a vertical section along line 5_5 of
Figure 4 with the runways in tilted position;
Figure 6 a sectional view along line 6_6 of
Figure 1, the barrier being elevated above the
roadway; and
.
Figure 7 an enlarged view of the right-hand
A base 2l of ree
tangular
partitions outline
22 rise istherefrom
mounted in
on parallel
the toprelation
2, and
with respect to each other to deiine stationary
road sections 23 and 2li. Runways 25 and 26
are alined with the section 23, while runways 2l
and 28 are arranged in alinement with the sec- 4,0
tion 24.
It will be noted that each of the runways 25
to 28, inclusive, has a wall 29 extending along
three sides thereof, the open ends 30 of the run
ways being arranged to face the stationary road 4:5
sections 23 and 24 so as to allow traflic, such as
portion of Figure 5.
an automobile 3l, (see Figure 7), to pass from
While I have shown only the preferred form
of my invention, it should be clearly understood
that various changes or modifications may be
made within the scope of the appended claims
without departing from the spirit of the inven
the runway on one side of the track il to the
alined runway on the other side of the track.
tion.
.
In carrying out my invention I provide a frame
generally indicated at I, and comprising in its
For imparting movement to the traflic I pro
vide means for hinging the ends 30 of the run
ways to the top 2 as at 32, whereby the runways
may be tilted into an inclined position for mov
ing the traiiic from one runway to the alined run
way on the opposite side of the railroad track. I 55
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have shown the hinging means as consisting of
bolts 33 ñxed to the runways and projecting
downwardly through openings 34 in the top 2,
(see Figure 7). Springs 35 are arranged to urge
the runways upon the top 2.
For tilting the runways, I make use of rods 36,
having oiîset portions 31 disposed beneath the
I claim:
,
l. In an amusement device, a tab1e, a road sec
tion thereon, two movable runways arranged on
opposite ends of the road section and with their
inner ends in abutting relation thereto, spring
means engaging each runway near its abutting
end for holding the latter to the table and in
abutting relation to the road section and for
runways, and these rods have crank handles 38
at the outer ends thereof. The rods are rotatably
supported, and upon turning handles 38, the run
ways are tilted into angular position for impart
ing movement to the trañic.
Referring now to Figures l and '7, it will be
noted that I provide a recess 39 extending trans
versely across the roadway 2G, and a barrier 40
normally forms a closure over the recess to allow
passage of traffic thereover.
In Figure 6 I have shown the barrier as being
runways and over the road section in immediate
response to control movements of an operation.
raised above the level of the roadway for halting
trañic, while in Figure 7 the top rail 4I of the
barrier is arranged iiush with the roadway and
forms part of the latter. Strips 42 are hinged
movable runways arranged on opposite ends of
the road section and with their inner ends 1n
abutting relation thereto and quick-acting means
to the top rail at 43 and to the bottom of the
recess at 44.
for independently tilting each of the runways
whereby they may be independently raised and
For raising and lowering the barrier, I make
use of an eccentrically mounted disc 45 that is
connected to one of the strips 42 by means of a
link 46. A crank 41, (see Figure 1), is operated
by a hand-wheel 48, and upon actuating the
30 latter the barrier may be raised or lowered.
As a further warning to the traiiic I mount
electric lights 49 on the barrier, and a switch 5!)
closes an electric circuit 5I, which includes the
lights 49, when the barrier is in raised position
above the roadway.
The traino along the roadway is controlled by
regulating signals 52, which are normally dis
posed below the roadway in the manner shown
in Figures 4 and 5. Each signal comprises a sheet
of material 53 having lights 54 mounted in an
apertured portion 55 of the sheet, the lights being
visible from either side of the signals when the
latter are raised above the roadway.
Rods 56 extend downwardly from the signals,
yieldingly opposing raising of its outer end, and
transverse rods carried by the table having
cranks underneath the outer ends of the run
ways and having handles along the edge of the
table whereby the two runways may be independ
ently raised and lowered in rapid play to de
sired angularities for causing a vehicle to run e. . El
back and forth between the extremities of the
2. In an amusement device, a road section, two v
lowered in rapid play to desired angularities for w
causing a vehicle to run back and forth between
the extremities of the runways and over the road
section in immediate response to control move
ments of an operator.
3. In an amusement device, a road section,
means for periodically passing traiiic transversely
thereacross, two runways tiltably disposed on op
posite ends of the road section and means for
independently tilting the runways to permit an
operator to propel a vehicle from runway to run 35
way over the road section in timed relation to
the movement of the traiiic passing across the
road section.
4. In an amusement device, a road section,
means for periodically passing traffic trans
versely thereacross, a runway tiltably disposed in
alinement with the road section and means for
tilting the runway up and down to permit an op
erator to propel a vehicle from the runway over
the road section in timed relation to the move
ment of the traiîic passing across the road sec
tion.
5. In an amusement device, a table, a road
and the lower ends oi the rods are intercon
nected by cross members 51. A lever 58 is swing
ably mounted at 59, (see Figure 4), and the free
end ¿i3 thereof is engageable beneath a stop 6l
for the purpose of holding the signals in lowered
position. Springs 52 are provided for urging the
section thereon, two movable runways arranged
signals upwardly through slots 63 when the lever
on opposite ends` ofthe road section and with ;
58 is released.
As the signals are moved upwardly, a switch
64 is closed and the lights 54 are illuminated, the
wiring circuit being shown in Figure 5. It should
be noted that the signals 52 are mounted on op
posite sides of the track 4 so as to be visible to
trai’lic coming from either direction.
From the foregoing description of the various
parts of the apparatus, the operation thereof may
60 be readily understood. The electric train is set 1n
motion, and the speed and direction thereof 1s
regulated by means oi the rheostat 6. Warnings
are given to the operator of the train by the sig
nal E3 in the manner previously set forth.
65
The trañic is moved over the roadway by in
clining the selected runway, and the traffic may
be controlled by the regulating signals 52. In the
event that the operator should desire to stop all
traffic on the roadway, the barrier 4U is raised
70 above the level of the road.
their inner ends in abutting relation thereto,
spring means engaging each runway near its
and having handles along the edge of the table
and in abutting relation to the road section and
for yieldably opposing raising of its outer end, '
and transverse rods carried by the table having
cranks underneath the outer ends of the runways
and having handles along the edge of the tab1e
whereby the two runways may be independently
raised and lowered in rapid play to desired angu 60
larities for causing a vehicle to run back and
forth between the extremities of the runways and
over the road section in immediate response to
control movements of an operator, the handles
being suiiiciently close together to allow both
handles to be grasped simultaneously by the
operator.
ADRIAN S. JONES,
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CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION.
Patent No. 2,158,008 .
ÍNovember 29, 1958 .
ADRIAN
s.
JONES.,
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It is hereby certified that error appears in the printed specification
of the above numbered patent requiring oorrectionas follows: Page 2, second
oolumn,' line 555 claim 5, strike out the words "and having handles along
the edge of the table" and insert instead
abutting; end for holding the
latter to the table; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with
this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case
in the Patent Office.
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signed and sealed this 10th day of January, A'. D. 1959„
(Seal)
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Acting;- Commissioner of Patents.,
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