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Dec. 13, 1927. r 1,652,975
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p The main objectof this invention is to provide an amusement device suitable. for resorts and beaches where such devices are provided'for the amusement and. inerriment resulting in' producing a number. of sensa-,
tions to the occupants of the passenger cars thereby creating much amusement and merriment to them.
Another object is to provide an amusement device in the form of apluralityof passenger carrying turn-tables which are coupled to an endless drum cable. The entire device is mounted on a track of oval or other outline which is surrounded by an endless wall, which latter cooperates with the turn-tables for rotating the latter J to produce one of a number of sensations to the users of thedevice.
Another object is to provide an amusement device which is capable of producing a number of sensations at the same time by providing a track whichguides turn-tables on which passengersare seatedfirst ina straight line, then around aturn all the while that the turn-tables are spinning.
The above and other objects will become apparent in the description below in which characters of reference refer to like-named parts in the drawing. 1
Referring briefly to the drawing, Figure 1 is a top plan view of the amusement device showing the turn-tables as mounted on the track. r j
Figure 2' is a sectional side eleva tional view of the device with a portion of the guide Wall removed. v
Figure 3'is a top plan view of one'ot the turn-table supports showing the rollers thereon for rotatably supporting the turntables of the device. 1
Figure 4 is an inverted plan view of Figure 3 showing the steering mechanism for maneuvering the turn-tablesaround the 7 turns of the track.
Figure 5 is an end elevational view of Figure 3 showing an elevational View or the V I :iront wheels 25'and rear wheels 26. All of steering mechanism.- 7
Referring in detail to the drawing, the numeral 10 indicates an oval track. This aroundits entire outli-ne'byfa guide wall 11.
oval; but the device may notbe confined to tlllS type of track as trackshaving a fluted tr nsit track is 'ai flat plane isjbounded In the illustration the tracl r' is shown. as a undulating'outline may alsobe used to.
wardlyfrom the track 'and'serveas an axle, one axle for each,- of the grooved pulleys 14 advantage. This track term-ea passageway circular, paths which are generated about studs 12 and 13.
and '15. :The pulleys have anendlesscable" 16 trained aboutthem to'which' passenger carrying turn-tables are i connectedl' The g stud 13 on which the pulley15 is mounted has gear secured thereto beneath the track whose teethare engaged by aworm' 18 which extends from the shaft. of a motor. 19. This driving mechanism is located beneaththe trackof the device.
At spaced apart positions along the en'- tire length of the cable. pairs of arms. are pivotally co'nnected to the cable thru the use of yokes which are directly pivoted to' the cable and which have one of their ends pivotedto the stated yokes. 22, said. arms being indicated by the numerals 20 and 21. T he yokes are. used in pairs, and' are preferably spaced apart from each other. as is illustrated, in Figure 1. 'Each pair of levers. 20 and 21 is coupled mutually together at their opposite ends and are pivotally fixed withthe tur nTt-able carriages 24 from wh ch thebars extendradially. These turntable riages are pushed. It is to be, notedthat to a bar 23 which extends to-and is ri id the distance between the axisot the carriages 1 24: and the cable is greater than the-distance between the axes of the mutually pivoted ends of the arms 20 and 21 and they cable so that the tendency of the carriages is always to. swing outwardly into contacting position with the inner surfaceof the guide rail 11 which encircles the tracln,
The carriages are mounted on a pair of these wheels are j ournalled' on axle members members 28 The swing axles 27 supporting the rear wheels 26 are provided with extending arms 29 which have connected thereto one of the-ends of the levers 30 and 31 which extend forwardly to the front: wheels of the carriage. Said levers at their forward ends are connected to additional arms 32. A
:finger 33' extends forwardly from the swing axles 27 of the front wheels and these arms are connected by a bar 34 which has a pin .35 extending downwardly/therefrom from t "a position intermediate its length, which pin registers in a channel 86 having the same outline as the track of the device but is of smaller dimension.
[,At right angled position on the carriages pins 38 are mounted in thefsame and span grooved pulley 15 to be rotated.
across recesses formedtherein. In these recesses rollers 37 are supported on the pins in'jsuch manner that the upper portions of the peripheries of saidjrollers project above the surface of the carriages. Each of the carriages supports a turn-table 39 which is provided with anaxial hole at its center which is slipped over the stud on the carriage. Theturn-table is supported on the rollers and the rim is adapted to frictionally contact with the guide" wall and be rotated thereby. ,The turntables are further pro vided with a plurality of frames which serve as seats 40 for the carrying of the passsengers. The turn-tables are rotatably mounted on the king bolts 41 which are mounted axially in members 24.
This device isadapted to serve the pur pose of amusement and merrimentby pro- 'Viding a'plurality of sensations to the pas :sengers. The latter seat themselves in the seats 40, all the seats being preferably filled so that the" turn-tables are perfectly balanced. The motor 19 is then started thereby actuating the worm and worm wheel,
18 and 17 respectively, which causes the 16 being trained about this pulley and the one at the opposite end of the track is moved longitudinally on the straight paths and around the outer halves of the pulleys 1d and 15; Y The arms 21 and 22 are so coupled to the cable as to describe an arc outwardly when the carriages and turntables mounted on the carriages thru their weight exert a dragging force on the bars 23. As the momentum of the driving means increases the drag of theturn-table and carriage of one unit causes the tendencyot these members "to lag behind and thereby the tendency if swinging outwardly is introduced to turn- "table especially is thistendency aided and abetted by the very construction and length of the arms 20- and 21 which are'ofshorter length than the distance between the axis device is in motion.
The cable 'sitioned in tendlng rearwardly from said carriages, and
of the carriage and the cable of the device. The rim or periphery of the tur1i-table is in constant contact with the wall of the track and is constantly being rotated while the From the above it will be seen that an amusement device is presented which travels at a normal rate of speed on straight-away paths, accelerating its speed on passing around turns all the while rotating the turntables, thus introducing a number of sensations to the passengers thereon.
To guide'the carriages in a given path the steering mechanism as illustrated in 'Figure s provided on the carriages and the pins 35 by registering in the channel 36 of the track. causes the wheels at the front and rear of the carriages to be rotated or steered in the proper direction whenpassing around the curved portion of the track.
It is to be noted that certain changes in form and construction may bemade with out departing from the spirit and scope of the invention '1 claim V 1, An amusement devlce comprising a track having "strai ht )aths alternated b curved paths, a vertical wallbounding said track, said track having a grooved channel formed therein of the same shape asthe outline of the track, wheeled carriages guided by said channel around said track,
grooved pulleys mounted on said track, an
endless cable trained about said pulleys, and rotatable turn-tabies mounted on said carriages, and means on said carriages registering in saidfchanuel for steering the former.- i v 2. An amusement device comprising a "track hay ing'strai ht iaths alternated b curved portions, a'guide' wall encircling said track, said track having a channel therein midway, the width of said track, spaced apart pulleys mounted on said track, a cable trained around said pulleys, pairs of leven attached to said cable, the free ends ofsaid levers being secured together, carriages powont ofsaid levers, a bar ex- JOSEP DAVIDSON.