Gate for railway crossings or the like



Nov. 6, 1923. 1,472,979 W. HARRIS GATE FOR RAILWAY CROSSINGS OR THE LIKE FiledOct. 20 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 attorney Nov. 6; 1923. 1,472,979 W. HARRIS GATE FOR RAILWAY GROSSINGS OR THE LIKE Filed Oct. 20, 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 517 5 13 90 I Q, 2 mm 0772: Patented Nov. 6, 1923. UNITED STATES OF IC GATE Fen lieriwkfonds sifiiisdfi TEE 111x13. Applicants ner ociobei'zo, 1921. senn no. 509,075; TdcZZ'wh'oM it'ma'y concern: Be" it known" that I, WILLIAM Harms; a" subject of the King of Great Britain, re? siding at Slocan City, Province of British 6' Columbia, Canada, have invented; certain new and useful Improvements in Gates for Railway Crossings or the like; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same. The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in gates or closures and more particularly to a device of the class described which is preferably appli cable to railway crossings or the like, where in the tracks pass through fences or other inclosures, andhas for its principal object the provision of a gate which will be automatically closed when a person or animal crosses the track adjacent the opening in the inclosure through which the track passes. A further object of the invention is the provision of a gate or the like, such as above referred to, which will be comparatively Simple and inexpensive to manufacture, reliabile and efficient in use, and readily operate With the above and other objects in view, the present invention resides in the novel features of construction, formations, combinations and arrangements of parts to be hereinafter more fully described, claimed, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings forming a part of the present application and in which; 'Figure 1 is a plan view of the invention applied to a roadway and the intersecting track of a railway; Figure 2 is a plan view of one of the gate sections removed; Figure 3 is a side view thereof showing the gate in its lowermost position; Figure 4 is a similar view showing the gate raised; Figure 5 is a detail view 1llustrating the manner of adjusting one of the walls; and, Figure 6 is a perspective view of one of the arms with the weight applied thereto. Referring now to the accompanying drawings by corresponding characters of reference throughout the several views, the numeral 5 designates a roadway which is crossed by the rails 6 of a railway track 7. Suitable inclosures 8 are provided upon opposite: sides of the oadway 5- through which the roadway" track 7Qpasses through suitable openings 9 provided" therein" and which are I designed" to be closed by the hinged gates or closures 10.- the" clojr 10 fi i pp s t side of thetra k are identical in formation, a' detailed description of but one is deemed neccessary. The rails 6 are mounted upon the usual ass 11, 12,13 and 14 upon opposite sides of the roadway. Operating platforms 15 are disposed between the ties 11 and 12 and are journaled upon the rods 16 at their inner ends which rods are rotatably mounted in the outer ends of straps 17 -which are secured to the upper sides of the ties 11. The plates 15 are mounted upon suitable straps 18 secured to the underside thereof and which are arranged for vertical movement in the cut away portions 19 of the intermediate ties 20 disposed between the first mentioned ties 11 and 12. A shaft 21 is journaled upon the inner side of each of the ties 12 in suitable straps 22 and has formed thereon or secured thereto in any manner rigid arms, 23 which project inwardly and are journaled on the shaft 21; carried by the outer edges of the plates or platforms 15. Obviously upon the depression of these plates or platforms 15, the shaft 21 will be rotated causing the swinging movement of the outer bell cranks 25 which are secured thereto. These bell cranks 25 are attached by links 26 to the upwardly inclined arms 27 which are sccured to the shafts 28 journaled in suitable straps 29 upon the outer sides of the ties 13. The shafts 28 have rigidly secured thereto straps 30 which are secured to the underside of the gates or swinging closures 10, and obviously upon the upward movement of the arms 27 caused by the depression of the platform 15, the gates 10 will be raised from the position shown in Figure 3 to that shown in Figure 4, thus closing the openings 9 in the inclosures 8. The shafts 28 have journaled thereon suitable arms 31 provided with adjustable weights 32. The inner ends of these arms 31 are offset as at 33 to contact with the arms 27 so that when the gates are in their raised osition and pressure is removed from the p ates or platforms 15, these weighted arms will return the gates to their lowermost positions. From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, it will be manifest that a gate for railways and the like is provided which will fulfil all of the necessary requirements of such a device, and it should be understood in this connection that various minor changes in the specific details of construction can be resorted to within the scope of the appended claim, withoutdeparting from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advan' tages of the invention. Having thus fullydescribed the invention, what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent is The herein described apparatus comprising a depressible platform, a shaft rotatably connected to the depressible platform for rotation upon the downward movement of said platform, a lever keyed to the shaft and connected with said platform, a second shaft rotatably mounted in spaced parallel relation With the first mentioned shaft, an arm extending from the second shaft, to the lever of the first mentioned shaft, a gate secured to the second mentioned shaft, an arm. journaled upon the second mentioned shaft, a stop carried by said arm and engaging the first mentioned arm carried by the said shaft, and a Weight adjustable upon said arm, substantially as and for the purposes set forth. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand. 7 WILLIAM HARRISv



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