US450117A - Cable-railway crossing - Google Patents

Cable-railway crossing Download PDF


Publication number
US450117A US450117DA US450117A US 450117 A US450117 A US 450117A US 450117D A US450117D A US 450117DA US 450117 A US450117 A US 450117A
Grant status
Patent type
Prior art keywords
railway crossing
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Expired - Lifetime
Application number
Publication date
Grant date




    • B61B9/00Tramway or funicular systems with rigid track and cable traction


0. VOGELQ Patented Apr. '7, 1891-.

(No Model.)






SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 450,117, dated April 7, 1891.

Application filed May 9, 1887. Renewed April '7 1890. Again renewed February 18 1891. Serial No. 381,813. (No model.)

Patented in England September 29, 1887, No. 13,194.

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that 1, CHARLES VQGEL, of the city and county of San Francisco, State of California, have invented a Cable-Depressor for Use at Crossings Where Two Cable Railways Intersect Each Other, (for which Letters Patent of Great Britain, No.13,194, dated September 29, 1887, were granted me,) of which the following is a specification.

The invention relates to railways using the underground cable system of haulage; and it consists in a peculiar cable-depressing device, by the operation of which one road may pass the grips attached to its cars over the cable of the intersecting line, which otherwise would occupy the path of said grips.

In the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, Figure 1 is a sectional elevation of two subways at the point of intersection, made so as to include a side view of the whole of the mechanism of the depression-pulley. Fig. 2 is a plan of the same.

In both figures the same letters of reference are used to indicate the same parts.

It sometimes occurs that the cable of a line cannot be permanently depressed by stationary pulleys below the path of a crossing-lines gripping attachments, because the cable is needed to propel the cars at the moment they pass that point; but it may be temporarily depressed to accommodate the passage of the grips of cars of a crossing line to be immediately restored to its proper position when the crossing car has passed. The herein-dc scribed automatic device is designed to accomplish the desired result.

A is the subway of a line running, let us say, north and south; A, the subway of a line running east and west, the view being taken at the intersecting point. The north and south line has the upper cable B, which isthe one to be operated upon, the cable B of the east and west line being permanently depressed at this point by stationary pulleys.

O O are depressing-rollers mounted on the upper ends of the levers D D,the lower ends of which carry the counter-weights E E. The

fulcrum of these levers is a shaft F, supported by and slightly turning in the bearing-boxes G, which boxes sometimes will be anchored in the concrete walls of the subway or bolted to some part of the frame, as most convenient. The levers DD will be keyed upon the fulcrum-shaft.

H is an upright lever, also keyed upon the fulcrum-shaft and placed thereon between the two levers D D. This lever will not extend below the shaft and carries no counterweight.

I is an inclined depressing-lever pivoted to the upper end of leverH and mounted on the wheels J at the rear end.

K K are a couple of round bars embedded in the concrete or masonry or fastened in any suitable way to the frame of the subway, as the case may'be. They form a track for the wheels J to roll upon as they move forward in the act of depressing the lever I. The lever I may be trussed, as shown, with truss rod 1' and brace i, riveted to the main part of the lever, as shown.

L L are fender-rollers mounted on upright spindles l, projected upward on a slight inward angle from a firmly-fastened socketpiece M. The office of these rollers is to receive the thrust of the cable as it is pressed over and down and prevent it being thrown from off the carrying-pulleys N.

O is the grip of the car about to cross. It has at this point dropped its own cable and moves forward by gravity or momentum.

P is a roller secured to the grip-shank or other convenient place, either upon the grip or upon a separate frame pendent from the car, in such manner as to bear against the under side of the slot-iron Q should the upward thrust of the depressed cable tend to lift the car from the rails, a matter quite possible with very light cars, but not likely to occur if the cars be of average weight.

It is not absolutely necessary to employ two depressing-rollers or two fender-rollers, as shown in the drawings. ()ne of each will answer every purpose in most cases. Both the depression-rollers and fender-rollers are held on their respective spindles by screwnuts, as shown.

The operation is as follows: The car ap- I preaching the crossing on usthave first dropped its own cable, when, still advancing by momentum or gravity, its grip gently strikes the inclined lever I at a point midway of its IOO length, and depressing it throws over the attached lever H, turns the shaft F, and with it swings over and downward the levers D D,

with the pulleys or rollers O G thereon se-' it strikes the fender-pulleys and cannot be. unshipped from its carrying-pulleys. I

What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is as follows:

1. In underground cable railways, the cabledepre'ssor herein described, consisting, essentially, of the lever I, suitably supported at rear end, as by rollers running on a track or otherwise, lever H, pivoted thereto, shaft F, with bearing-boxes, lever D, with roller 0, and counter-weight E, the whole arranged and operating substantially as and for the purpose described.

2. In underground cable railways, the combination of the inclined lever I, supported by and moving upon a track at its rear end, and

suitable mechanism in connection therewith for the purpose described.


' Witnesses:


"for depressing the cable, substantially as and

US450117A Cable-railway crossing Expired - Lifetime US450117A (en)

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US450117A true US450117A (en) 1891-04-07



Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US450117A Expired - Lifetime US450117A (en) Cable-railway crossing

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (1) US450117A (en)

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20050172955A1 (en) * 2004-02-10 2005-08-11 Shivshankar Sundaram Spacer for delivery of medications from an inhaler to children and breathing impaired patients

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20050172955A1 (en) * 2004-02-10 2005-08-11 Shivshankar Sundaram Spacer for delivery of medications from an inhaler to children and breathing impaired patients

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US552713A (en) Inclined-railway water-chute
US1422032A (en) Amusement device
US2655116A (en) Tilting track amusement apparatus
US569034A (en) Railway-switch
US837480A (en) Elevated toy railway.
US566926A (en) Bicycle-railway
US780348A (en) Inclined railway.
US118223A (en) Improvement in automatic railway signals
US224157A (en) Railroad-switch
US328899A (en) Aerial railway and car
US657166A (en) Elevated trolley-way.
US747090A (en) Carrier.
RU2412840C1 (en) Municipal ropeway
US452791A (en) Power and gravity railway
US428385A (en) Terminal facility for suburban railroads
US299393A (en) jenkins
US1032950A (en) Moving-train transfer device.
US402934A (en) judson
US427836A (en) Elevated railway
US482469A (en) Transportation system
US993089A (en) Switch-operating mechanism.
US416220A (en) Elevated cable railway and car
US309689A (en) Tramway and car
US750246A (en) Pleasure-railway
US381032A (en) Half to john h