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` GAB. GOUPLINGQ 1 4,1\To.268.117. 1 Patented Nov. 28,1882l UNITED- STATES Q PATENT OFFICE..
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 268,117, dated November 28, 1882,
' Application tiled July 7, 1882. (No model.) i
To all whom it 'may concern Be it known that l, THOMAS H. MEBANE, a citizen ofthe United States, residing at News Ferry, in the county ot' Halifax and State-of Virginia, haveinvented certain new and useful Improvements in (Jar-Couplers; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and eX- act description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and usev the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon, which forni a part of this specification. M v invention relates to a coupling for cars; and the novelty consists in the construction and arrangement of parts, as will be more fully hereinafter set forth, and specifically pointed out in the claims. V i
The object of' the invention is to provide an automatic car-coupler adapted for service upon most of the draw-heads now in use and to be operated from either side of the car, or from the top it' a freight-car, the coupling-pin being tripped into operation by'the act of coupling, and the coupling-link being held horizontally by a gravital lever, which has a longitudinal movement or play in the draw-head, as is fully shown in the accompanying drawings, which form a part of this specication, and in which- Figure l is an end view; Fig. .5, a perspective, showing the incline upon the drawing which operates the trip, and the trip itself; Fig. 3, a detached view of the triplever; and Fig. 4, a longitudinal section of the draw-head, showing the weighted hooked lever and the link held in horizontal position by such lever. Referring to the drawings, in which similar letters of reference indicate like parts in all the figures, A represents the body of the car, upon which is secured the bracket B, in which is pivoted the lever C. Thisleveris composed ot' one horizontal arm, C', from either extremity of which a jointed rod or rod and chain, G2, connects with a frame, D, carrying the coupling-pin d. This frame D embraces the drawhead E, one arm, df, having projection d2, passving freely upon either side thereof, while-the pin d operates in vertical apertures, as shown. lins e2 upon either side ofthe draw-head prevent the frame from being drawn out of engagement with the Same by the projections (i2 lug,f, which is adapted to vengage the outer i side ofthe bracket fand hold the couplingpin d out of operation when the brakeman or other operator forces the lever G in that direction.
By a rod, G, which operates loosely through a bracket, g, secured properly to the end of the car, the coupling-pin may be elevated out of operation from lthe opposite side ofthe car, the said rod G having lug g', serving for a similar purpose as does lug j", being secured to the arm G ot' the lever C, the tilting of which in either direction serves to throw the couplingpin out of connection with the link H.
Longitudinally through the bottom of the drawehead E is formed a slot, e, in which opcrates a weighted lever, I, which has a hooked portion, i, under which the brakemau or other attendant is supposed to place the end ofthe coupling-link H to hold the same automatically in a horizontal position, `in order that it will readily engage the draw-head of the opposite car. The draw-head E is also provided with an incline, c', against which bears a correspondingly-inclined end, It', of a trip-lever, K, pivoted at k to the end of the car, from the opposite end of which extends a vertical rod, L, having a hooked upper extremity, l.
The operation of the invention is obvious. The brakeman or other operator, by tilting the lever C through the rod F until the lugf engages with the bracket f, which brings the coupling-pin d out of operation, is enabled to readily uncouple the cars. To couple them he places one end ofthe coupling-link under the hooked end t' ot' the weighted lever I until it assumesa horizontal position. As the cars come together the incline c' upon the drawhead E elevates the inner end, 7c, of the triplever K, which, operating through the vertical rod L, serves to liberate the lug f' of the rod F from the bracket f, and the tilting lever C assumes a horizontal position, allowing the coupling d to readily gravitate into operation. This operation may be performed from either side of either end of a car with equal facility, and, in case of a freight or cattle car, from the top thereof, While the longitudinal play in the slot e allows the operator to use links of different lengths, and also prevents breakage when the cars come together, by letting the lever I recede into the draw-head E by means .of the slot e. Bent links may be used when the cars are of different heights.
The important features of this invention I consider to be contained in the slotted drawhead E c in its relation to the Weighted lever I, the framerD, and the arrangement of operating-levers, as shown.
Modifications in details of construction may be made-without departing from the principle or sacriiicing the advantages of my invention, the essential features of which are fully illustrated herein.
Vhat I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is-
1. The draw-head E, having incline c, combined with the trip1ever K, coupling-pin, and operating-lever, as set forth. Y
2. The tilting lever G, having` cross-arms F G', and the operating-rods, combined with the coupling-pin, as set forth.
3. The tilting lever C, having arms F Gr', the rods F' G, and connections G2, combined with the coupling-pin d, as specified.
4. The frame D, having arms d', provided with projections d2, the said frame carrying the coupling-pin d, combined with the draw-head E, having pins e2, whereby the frameD is prevented from becoming disengaged from the draw-head by the projections d2 coming in contact with said pins, and the operating-levers F G C, as and forthe purposes set forth.
In testimony whereof I affix my signatnrein presence of two Witnesses.
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