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Publication numberUS1083064 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 30, 1913
Filing dateFeb 19, 1912
Priority dateFeb 19, 1912
Publication numberUS 1083064 A, US 1083064A, US-A-1083064, US1083064 A, US1083064A
InventorsHugh J Downey
Original AssigneeHugh J Downey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Metallic railroad-tie.
US 1083064 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed February 19, 1912. Serial No. 678,586.

To all whom t may concern.'

Be it known that I, HUGH J. DowNnY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Modesto, inthe county of Stanislaus and State of California, have invented a. Metallic Railroad-Tie, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to railroad ties of the metallic type and the principal object of the invention is to provide a tie with which the rail may be securely connected, and which will support the rail in such a inanner that it will be secure but resilient.

Another objectof the invention is to provide an improved type of plate for connecting the rail with the tie.

With these and other objects in view this invention consists of certain novel combinations, constructions, and arrangements of parts as will b'e hereinafter fully described and claimed.

In the accompanying drawingz-Figure 1 is a perspective view -of one end of the tie. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the plate which connects the rail with tlie tie. Fig. 3 is a view partially in section and partially in elevation showing the manner ofconi necting a rail with the tie. Fig. 4 is a fraginentary top planview of the tie with a rail connected therewith.

This invention comprises a metallic casing l0 which -forms the body portion of the tie and which isxprovided at each end with a cut-out. portion l1l having under-cut inner end portions 12, thus providing overhanging lips 13. The plate 11 which is shown in Fig.

2 tits against the base of the rail 15, and is provided with cut-out tongues 16 which are struck from opposite end portions of the plateV and bent upwardly to engage opposite side portions of the rail base as shown in Fig. 3. This plate is placed diagonally against the base of the rail and then turned to cause the tongues to engage the base as shown in Fig. 3, and the end portions of the A plate are then slipped into the proper position with the side portions of the plate litting beneath the lips 13. It. should be noted that the opening 11 is of such depth that the plate 13 may be readily passed through the opening when the block 17 is not in place. The supporting block 17 is then driven into the body portion of the tie beneath the plate and the rail will then be securely connected with the tie. This block 17 tits tightly into place and holds the .plate securely beneath -the lips 13 with the tongues 16 on each side of the tie and against the lips 13. Vthen it is deslred to release th'e rail from the tie the block can be removed from beneath the plate and the plate then easily slippedl out of the slot and removed from the rail. The lrail will then be free from the tie and a new tie can be provided or any necessary repairs made. It will, therefore, be seen that no spikes are required when connecting this rail with the tie. v

It should be noted that the slots 12 are of such depth that the blocks 17 Will support the weight even when a train is passing over the rail, thereby assuring resiliency which would be destroyed if the plate was allowed to come in contact with the side walls of the body portion. It should also be noted that by having the tongues `16 outside of and against the overhanging lips 13, it will insure greater stability and obviate any displacement of rail or plate.

Having thus described the invent-ion what is claimed as new, is

Y 1. A tie comprising a hollow body portion provided with a transversely extending slot having its inner end portion under-cut to provide overhanging lips, a supporting block positioned in said body portion beneath the slot formed therein. a rail engaging plate eX- tending through the slot beneath the overltatented Dee. 30, 1913.


hanging lips and resting upon said supportingr block, and tongues struck from the end portions of said plate and bent upwardly t-o engage 'uiposite side portions of a rail.

2. A tie comprising a` hollow body portion provided with a transversely extending under-cut slot forming overhanging lips, the lips constituting abntinents, a supporting block in said body portion beneath the slot i formed therein, a plate extending through the under-rut portion of the slotl formed in said body portion and resting upon said block, and rail engaging tongues struck from said plate and bent upwardly to extend through said slot to engage the base of a rail. said tongues fitting outside and against said lips whereby the lips will form abutments for preventing longitudinal movement of said plate on the rail.

HUGH J: DOVNEY. Vtnesses v (,onDA Finnos, I' WV. J. BnowN.,

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U.S. Classification238/78, 238/304
Cooperative ClassificationE01B3/26