J. P. ROBERGE & L. P. TIMMONS.
RAILWAY STATION INDICATOR.
No. 362,662. Patented May 10, 1887.
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JOSEPH PIERRE ROBERGE AND LEONARD PATRICK TIMMONS, or wIcKHAM WEST, QUEBEC, CANADA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 362,662, dated May 10, 1887.
Application filed December 1,1886. Serial No. 220,357, (No model.)
To (LZZ whom it may concern.- where it is provided with the coupling H, by Be it known that we, J osEPH PIERRE Rowhich it may be attached to the corresponding BERGE and LEoNAEn PATRIcK Trnnons, rod of the adjoining car. This coupling is citizens of Canada, residing at \Vickham provided with a universal joint, (shown in \Vest,inthe countyofDrummond and Province Fig. 2,) and the outer part, 11, of the coupling 55 of Quebec, Canada, have invented certain new contains a spring, c, having on its end a small and useful Improvements in RailwayStation nib,f, which takes into notches formed in the Indicators, of which the following is a speciconnecting-rod g, and holds it in place, sothat fication. it will not be pulled out without a determined A device embodying ourinvention contains effort. This connecting-rod g projects and is 60 a rod or shaft extending lengthwise through held in a similar manner in the coupling ofthe the car, supported in suitable bearings, connext car. The inner part, h, of the coupling nected by an escapement device with a gong slides freely endwise in a tube, I; but this tube or hell, and by a system of pulleys and belts is held to revolve with the coupling by a pin with spools or rollers, which carrya belt upon which projects from the part It through the 65 which the names of the stations are shown, and slot 1', formed in the tube. The end of the rod which may be drawn from one spool to the G is fixed rigidlyin the end of the tube I and other, and means for removing or changing turns with it. said spools; provision for connecting the indi- A cord-pulley, J, is fixed on the rod G, and cater for one car with that of another, so that is belted over the direction-pulleys j and 7: 7n the communication throughout a train of any down to the driving-pulley K, which is turned length may be effected, all as hereinafter more by the hand-crank Z, and is within convenient fully described, reference being had to the acreach of the train officials. A small spur piucompanying drawings, in which ion, in, is fixed on the rod G, and works the 2 Figure 1 is a general view of our indicator rack a vertically through suitablebearings. A 5 as placedinacar. Fig. 2 is a sectional elevabracket, L, is secured to the car-wall, and to tion, on line :0 x, on a larger scale than Fig. 1. its outer end is pivoted a clutch-fork, 0, which Fig. 3 is an enlarged perspective view of the spans and moves asliding hub, M,which slides driving parts of the apparatus, and Fig. at is endwise on the shaft G and turns with it. A an enlarged view of part of the spool-holding lever, 11, connects the fork with the rack a, 80 device. the said lever being secured to the fork, and The names of the stations on the line are the pivot of the latter serving as the fulcrum printed or otherwise indicated on the belt A, of the said lever. As thelever is moved up which is wound upon the two spools B B. The or down by the rack, the fork will be swung on 3 spools rest on pivots which stand in the the pivot and move the hub into engagement S5 bracket-s O, secured to the wall of the car, and with one or the other of the pulleys. pass up through the steadying-brackets D. To provide for the slight longitudinalmove The top ends ofthcse spools are held by the bellment of thelever p, caused by the swinging of cranks E E, one of which is shown in Fig. 4. the fork 0, any suitable connection between Thesebellcranks are pivoted at it. Their short the said lever and the rack that will permit 0 arms I) are held outward by the spring F, and the said movement may be provided-a ts, for their long arms 0 are thereby held down upon instance, the end of the lever may extend into the journals of the spools, which project up a slot in the rack or through an eye thereon. into them. .From this it will be seen that for The hub M has a finger, g, projecting from 5 the removal of a spool it is only necessary to each end, which may be moved by the fork o 5 raise the arm 0 and lift the spool off its bottom into openings made in the pulleys N N, which pivot. turn loosely on the rod G, and one of which is G is a rod or shaft which extends through placed on each side of the hub M. The object the car lengthwise, supported in suitable bearof this arrangement is that either one of the ings and piojectingthrough the ends of the car, pulleys N may be caused to turn with the rod G while the other is left free. The toothed portion of the rack 12 is only of such length as will be suflicient to move the hubs M from one of the pulleys N to the other. When the rack is run out of engagement in either direction with the spur-pinion m, the further turning of the pinion in the same direction will have no material effect upon the rack, the lever 19 holding the rack endwise against the pinion, so that when the rotation of the pinion is reversed it engages immediately with the rack. The lever 12 is sufficiently elastic to hold the rack in engagement with the pinion, as stated,
but also is rigid enough to insure the operation of the hub M in the manner described.
On the pivots of the spools B are fixed the pulleys r, which are driven by belts or cords s from the pulleys N, one of these pulleys being connected with one of the spools and the ot er with the opposite one, so that either spool may be driven, according to the way in which the belt A is to move.
T is a gong provided with the shank u, held in a clasp, '0, which is fixed to the carwall. The gong is sounded by the hammer W, which is pivoted at z, and provided with the pallets g y, which are' moved by the teeth of the pinion m and cause the hammer to strike the gong. In sleeping-cars the gong may be moved down out of reach of the hammer, so as not to sound during the night.
What we claim as our invention isl 1. In a' station-indicator, the combination, with a rotatable drive-shaft, of pulleys mounted loosely thereon, an indicating device, connections between the pulleys and said indicating device, a hub movable on the shaft to engage one or the other of the pulleys, and means, substantially as described, for operating the hub, for the purpose set forth.
2. In a station-indicator, the combination of a rotatable drive-shaft, pulleys connected to an indicating device and mounted loosely on the said shaft, a pinion movable with the shaft, a rack engaging with the pinion, a hub on the shaft, and connections between the rack and hub for moving the latter into engagement with one or the other of the pulleys, substantially as described. 7
3. In a station-indicator, the combination, with a rotatable drive-shaft, pulleys loosely mounted thereon and connected to an indicating device, a pinion on the shaft, a rack engaging thcrewith, a hub on the shaft, and an elastic connection between the rack and hub, whereby the rack is maintained in connection with the pinion, substantially as described. 3
4. The combination, with the drive-shaft and an indicating device operated thereby, of an alarm consisting of a bell or gong, and a pivoted hammer provided with pallets engaging a pinion on the shaft, substantially as described.
5. In a station-indicator, a drive-shaft pro vided with a slotted tubular end, combined with a coupling consisting of a part, h, partially contained in the tubular end of the shaft, an outer tubular part, d, pivotcdlto the part h, a notched connecting-rod, g, and a springcatch carried by the part d and engaging the rod substantially as described.
6. In a station-indicator, the combination, with the spool B, for carrying the indicatingstrip, of a removable bearing for the same, consisting of a pivoted bellcrank, E, having one arm engaging the spindle of the spool and the other acted upon by a spring, substantially as and for the purpose specified.
Signed at Wickham West this 12th day of November, 1886.
JOSEPH PIERRE ROBERGE. LEONARD PATRICK TIMMQNS.
In presence of M. LEONARD, JAs. TIMMONS.