US 1541128 A
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ATTORNEY c. l.. ENNls- LAMP mmcs'n Filedwov. 2o. 19:24
Patented June 9, 1925.
COMMIE L. ENNIS, OF BYKINS, VIRGINIA.
y LAMP HANGER.
To ZZ za/icm t may concern.' y
Be it known that I, Cointrin L. ENNIS, a citizen oit the United States, .residing at Boykins, in the county oil Southampton and State oil Virginia, have invented a new and Impr-wed Lamp Hanger, ot which the following is a specification.
'ihe invention generally relates to railroad warning lamp hangers and resides in the provision ot a hanger bracket adapted to be mounted upon a railroad crossing guard arm for suspending a lamp therefrom in a manner obviating the danger ot breakage oi the lamp by 'free swinging against the said guard arm and being so yconstructed that when operatively mounted the same will not induce tortional or lateral strain of the guard arm.
The novel details oi construction of the invention will be iirst fully described, then be all specifically pointed out in the appended claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating the manner of mounting the invention upon a crossingguard arm. y
Figure 2 is a side elevation illustrating the invention in operation.
Figure 3 is a detail cross section of the hanger bracket per se.
In the drawing, in which like numerals of reference indicate like parts in all of the figures, l indicates the railroad crossing guard arm. The guard arm is of that type which is vertically-swingably mounted upon a contro-l housing to be lowered horizontally across the road, guarding the same during the passage of a train, and for being elevated to a substantiallyy vertical position when not in use for the purpose just. described.
In the use of common-types of lamp hangers in connection with crossing guard arms great loss is occasioned by the free swinging of guard lamps suspended therefrom against the said arms, resulting in breakage of the encasing globe or other parts of the structure.
The bracket forming the principal part of my present invention is preferably shaped up from a single sheet of spring metal to include a main plate portion 2 bifurcated as at 3 to straddle the guard arm l and having extensions 4 shaped as at 5 to provide pivot hinge portions adapted to cooperate with the cross bolt or pivot shank 6 inserted Application .filed November 20, i924. Serial No. 751,090.
through the guard arm l in the manner illustrated in Figure l of the drawing.
rl"liat portion oi the metal of the plate from whichvthe bracket is formed which was out to provide the bifurcation is bent backwardly and downwardly to provide a more or less resilient abutment finger 7.
The main body 2V of the bracket iskbent back upon itself as at 8 to provide a plate portion 9 for opposing the 'main body portion 2 and cooperating therewith in providing a lamp bail receiving pocket therebetween. This plate portion may be shaped as illustrated in Figure l of the drawing so that when the bail 10 or' the warning lamp is `inserted into the pocket formed between the said plate 9 and body portion 2, it will be restricted from free movement and to lie in a plane with the said body and plate portions. -Y
When the bracket above described is pivotally connected to the guard arm l, as at 6, the lamp will be mounted thereupon in a pendent manner and freely swingable to a certain degree.
It will be observed, by reference to Figure 2 of the drawing, that when the guard arm 1 is elevated to its approximately vertical position the resilient abutment linger 7 will engage the underside ot the said guard arm and act to throw the bracket outwardly on its pivot 6 away from contact with the said guard arm, thus preventing such free swinging of the lamp as will cause damage thereof by forciiul engagement with the said guard arm.
By thus suspending the bracket directly from and centrally of the bottom edge of the guard arm 1, its weight is balanced and there is no tendency toward twist or lateral `strain of the guard arm.
From' the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, it is thought the novel details of construction, manner of use and the advantages of my invention will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art to which it relates.
What I claim is:
l. In combination with a` railroad crossing guard arm and a signal lamp having a swinging bail a hanger pendently secured to the arm to swing freely beneath it, said hanger including a member for holding the bail of the lamp, and also including a resilient member to engage the guard arm when said guard arm is in an elevated position substantially as shown and described.
2. A llamp hanger comprising a plate having earsl to straddle a crossing guard arm and by which ears it may be pivotally mounted on an arm7 said plate having a portion bent back upon itself to constitute a hook to receive a. lamp bail, and a member carried by said plate and adapted to engage the arm on Which the lia-nger is mounted when said arm is elevated toward. a vertical position. f
3. In combination with a crossing guard arm, alamp hanger comprising a body having members adapted` to project to either Side of the guard arm, means pvotally securing V said members to the gua-rd arm whereby the hanger. Will be pendent from and lie beneath the guardarm, said hanger including inea-ns for holding the balil of a signal lamp substantially rigid, and means Carried byfsaid hanger forfrefsiliently engaging the guard arm When the saine is elevated whereby the lamp will be held away from the guard arm substantially as shown and described.
t. Incombination With a crossing guard arm which is adapted to be moved to a horizont-al or tot a vertical position as desired, a signal lamp andnieans for mounting said` lamp directly beneath said guard arm', said mounting means including mechanisin for holding thel lamp away 'from the guard arm `when the guard arm is elevated, the axis of the lamp remaining at all times in the plane in Wliihfthe guard arm has movement. i
f COMMIE L. ENNs.