Oct. 29, 1946. 2,410,250 VD. R. STAPLES LOCOMOTIVE CONTROL PANEL 1 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 22, 1944 i...‘ \ _g? _ 7 F76. /., ' ' Jana INVENTOR 725%479%: FLY? A TORN Oct. 29, 1946. ' D. R‘. STAPLES 2,410,250 LOCOMOTIVE CONTROL PANEL Filed March 22, 1944 @WLM ' 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 17am A’. £2162; 763 2,410,250 Patented Oct. 29, 1946 r. "PATENT; - g r 12,410,250, 1 ' H .ycgilooomofujlvu CONTROL PANEL ,‘iDana “R3 StaplesFRidley Park;*Pa.', assignori'to g"PliesBald-win Locomotive Works, a'iicorpora'tion _ a :ApplicationMarch 22, 1944, -._Serial. No} 527,590v .2 ,‘T'Thisfinven‘tion vrelates“generally to'control mounted at its. rear (end ttjuponsuitable support . to controlpanels‘_for”Diesel1electric locomotives. " brake standard ‘I andbrakevalye mechanism gen erally indicated'ati 8 Whiclilis'controlled’ by a equipment ‘for ‘locomotives and more particularly I‘ “Heret‘oforel various: control devices" for .the ‘en fgine,‘ .‘electrical. equipm'e'nhljair brakes and many , ‘other. accessories lhavei, been mounted . and ‘ ar _ usual air 'brakej‘hand"leverl??The elements-f1 and 8, ‘thus " have dual functions;'.fone to‘ support * ranged 'insu'chia‘. way as to be excessively. costly ' ‘ the; control‘ elements and‘the other‘ to ?isup'port :- in'con‘struction' or assembly or to require an .ex ’ .the‘ panel; The‘ forward“ end? Ill gof "'thef'control fjp'anel ,“disposed "in ‘juxtaposition toithe ‘back convenience in operation of; thecon-trols' and'other 10 .wall' 2' and is ‘rigidly connected thereto" by’ addi 'c‘essive amount‘ of space as w'elll-as vinvolving in complications". in‘?‘the' cabifiti being understood tional . supporting: means such "as any ' suitable that ‘spacei'in, a‘ .cab is’. at a‘ premium and‘ sim bolts; screws, or"'the“like;‘ diagrammatically-indi _ ipl'icity"and convenience of‘ operation of (the ‘con ' vtro‘ls ‘are highlydesirablei not‘o‘nly fromxthe ‘stand . cated at"! I. jAll ‘oftheusualielectriowires-and Jpipes extend‘ through one end: 10° ‘of’thecontrol _I point 'of safety ‘ofoperationrbut for the comfort 15 "panel?" for' connection‘ to‘ continuing ‘ wires L and ' of the ‘engineer to'i‘friinimize ‘fatigue ‘and? other factors whichnontribnte to accidents. " It is' an'obje'ct' ‘of my invention to provide an improved control panel that not only has a high degree of simplicity in its construction and op eration but is highly compact and is adapted to be readily assembled in its normal position in such a way that the multitude of usual pipe and electrical connections can be easily and quickly made between the control panel and the various devices controlled from the panel. Another object is to provide an improved con tro1 panel having the foregoing as well as other j ' pipes "diagrammatically? indicated-‘at? I 3'.”.>These continuing‘pipes and rwire‘s‘are‘ then led-to-any of the well-known control accessories and oper ating devices which may be placed throughout 20 the locomotive and hence need not be described here inasmuch as they do not constitute a part of my present invention. Various operating elements having inter-relat ed instrumentation and operating connections 25 with the air brake standard and other parts of the locomotive are normally associated with the control panel and include an engine speed lever M, reversing switch control 15, and indicating instruments [6 and l'!, as well as any other characteristics in addition to being rigidly sup ported and allowing ample foot and leg room for 30 desired control or indicating elements. From the foregoing disclosure it is seen that the engineer. the fundamental arrangement of my control panel Other objects and advantages will be more ap parent to those skilled in the art from the fol lowing description of the accompanying drawings consists in having a longitudinally extending box like panel extending longitudinally of the loco 35 motive so as to inherently present an end Wall in which: of the panel against the transverse cab'wall 2 Fig. 1 is a fragmentary perspective View looking whereby any pipes or other connecting wires or from within the cab through a window toward the like may extend directly from the end of the the front end of the locomotive along the length control panel through the wall 2 for connection of the engine hook, my improved control panel being shown in the foregoing extending at right 40 to continuing pipes and wires. Furthermore, the foregoing arrangement permits the control panel angles to the transverse cab wall; to be supported in an extremely rugged manner Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the control box at each end merely by connecting one end to the partly in section to show connections through the sturdy air brake mechanism '|—9 and to the cab cab wall; and wall 2. This also produces the desirable result Fig. 3 is a section on line 3—3 of Fig. 2. of having ample foot and leg room beneath the In the particular embodiment of the invention such as disclosed herein merely for the purpose ' panel so that an operator may comfortably sit upon the seat I9 to operate the locomotive while of illustrating one speci?c form among possible easily looking through either the front cab win. others that the invention might take in practice, dow 20 or its usual rear window as is alterna I have shown an internal combustion engine type V tively required in the repeated forward and re locomotive having a cab with a floor I and a verse running of switching and yard locomotives. front transverse wall 2 which in effect constitutes . It will of course be understood that various a rear wall of an engine hood 3 extending toward the front end 4 of the locomotive. My improved control panel is generally shown at 5 and is changes in details of construction and arrange ment of parts may be made by those skilled in 2,410,250 3 4 the art without departing from the spirit of the panel and connected thereto to support the lat ter. invention as set forth in the appended claims. I claim: 1. The combination in a locomotive having a 4. The. combination in a locomotive having a cab with a floor and a transverse cab wall with cab with a floor and a transverse cab wall and a C1 a window therein through which an operator window therein from which an operator looks looks forwardly from a normal operating posi forwardly from a normal operating position, a tion, a control panel comprising a substantially control panel comprising a substantially longi longitudinally extending panel structure with one tudinally extending panel structure with one end end in juxtaposition to said wall so as to extend in juxtaposition to said wall so as to extend out-i 16 ‘outwardly therefrom in a direction substantially wardly therefrom in a direction substantially lon longitudinally of the locomotive, an air brake gitudinally of the locomotive along one side of standard at the other end of the control panel, the operator’s position, and means for supporting and means for supporting said latter end of the said panel in vertically spacedrelation from the panel by said standard while the ?rst mentioned end ‘is supported by the transverse wall of the cab floor. 2. The combination in a locomotive having a transverse cab wall, a control panel comprising a substantially longitudinally extending box-like v cab. 4 5. The combination in a locomotive having a cab with a ?oor and a transverse cab wall pro_ vided with a window through which an operator said wall so as to extend outwardly therefrom in 20 looks forwardly from a. normal operating posi a direction substantially longitudinally of the 10 tion, a vertical operating standard having'looo comotive, and means whereby connections from motive control means, said standard being dis posed to one side of the operator's position and the control panel to the locomotive extend lon spaced longitudinally from the cab wall, a hori gitudinally from the end of said box-like struc- u ture and thence through said transverse wall to ' - zontally extended control panel having instru mentation and operating elements certain of v devices operatively connected to the control panel. structure with one end placed in proximity to 3. The‘ combination in a locomotive having a cab with a'?oor and a transverse cab wall with a window therein through which an operator , looks forwardly from a normal operating posi 30 tion, a control panel comprising a substantially longitudinally extending panel structure with one end in juxtaposition to said wall so as to extend outwardly therefrom in a direction substantially longitudinally of the locomotive, and an air brake standard located at the other end of the control which are connected to said standard and others of_which are connected at one end of the panel to devices of the locomotive, and means for sup porting said horizontally extending panel in ver tically spaced relation to the cab floor and be tween the standard and wall in juxtaposition to the latter so as to extend outwardly therefrom substantially longitudinally of the locomotive on the same side of the operator’s position as the standard. ' ' DANA R. STAPLES.