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Publication numberUS268467 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 5, 1882
Filing dateAug 26, 1882
Publication numberUS 268467 A, US 268467A, US-A-268467, US268467 A, US268467A
InventorsJackson H. Dunlap
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 268467 A
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Pateted Deo. 5, 1882.




SPEGIFICALION forming part of Letters Patent No. 268,467, dated December 5i, 1882.

v Application filed August 26, 1852. (Nomodel.)

To all whom t't may concern:

Be it known that I, JACKSON H. DUNLAP, ot'Turloch, countyT of Stanislaus, Stateof Galifornia, have invented an Improved Tank- Spout; and I hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description thereof.

My invention relates to an improved waterspout specially ad apted for railway-tan ks, from which the locomotive-tender is supplied with water.

My invention consists in a spout having two hinge-joints, one of which adapts it forahorizontal or lateral adjustment and the other for a vertical adjustment; and it ralso consists in the peculiar construction of said joints, whereby the adjustment is accomplished and a water-tight Vconnection preserved.

The object of my invention is to provide fon the ready and accurate adjustment of the spout to the locomotive-tender.

The spouts now in use are adapted to be turned up or down, but have rio lateral adjustment, so that it becomes necessary to move the engine several times before its tender is finally brought in a position to receive the spout. This difficulty I overcome by combining in a spout a means for obtaining the two necessary adjustments-namely, vertical and lateralso that the engine may stop within a convenient distance and the spout be at once itted to its tender without having to move again.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 shows a view of the spout with its two hinge-joints. Fig. 2 isa longitudinal section, and shows the construction of the upper or horizontally-adjusting joint. Fig. 3 is also a longitudinal section, and shows the construction of the lower or vertically-adjusting joint.

InFig. l, letA represent aportion of an ordinary water-tank, which may be supposed to be beside a railway-track. Through its bottom a discharge-opening is made, which, upon the inside, will be controlled by a suitable valve, which itself will be operated by appropriate levers, none of which devices will be shown here.

B is a sleeve' having a Iiange, b, at its top, by which it is bolted to the bottom of the tank A under the discharge-opening.' This sleeve has an inwardly-extendin g shoulder, a,

and its lower end is cnt out at c, as shown in Fig. 2. NVithin this sleeve B is a pipe, U, having a auge. (l, at its top, which fits over and upon the shoulderct of the sleeve and secures the pipe therein, though allowing it to of a small piece of' pipe forming a body and a 6o iange or rim, as shown. The body extends up between the sleeve B and pipe C in the cut-out end c of the former. This nutis screwed upon the inner pipe G, and lits closely up against the end of the sleeve B. Upon the end of pipeC is screwed an elbow, E, fitting tightly against theliace of nut I). A pipe, F, is screwed into this elbow, and extends horizontally. By this construction the pipe F may be turned laterally, as the inner pipe C and 7o the packing 'nut or ring D both turn within the sleeve B, and at the same time preserve a perfectly water-tightjoint. The outer end of pipe F receives a Tshaped coupling marked G, thevarms of which are horizontal or nearly so. The ends of these arms are cut out at c', as shown. Within the arms of' this T-shaped coupling, extending through and projecting at each end, is apipe, H, having a side opening,

ceive packing nuts or rings I, similar to nut D' above. These nuts screw onto the pipe H, and extend with the T-shaped coupling in its cutout ends c', its face or iiange fitting up against JL, at its center, and threaded ends which re- 8o the ends of the T-shaped couplin g as closely 8 5 as desired.

Upon the projecting ends of the pipeH are screwed curved elbows K, which receive pipes J in their other ends. These pipes converge to an elbow, L, from which extends a curved 9o pipe or nozzle, M.

It will be observed that afterleaving the ell bows K, I could have two parallel pipes with suitable unions and elbows, inally ending in a single one; but I show this` construction as being cheaper and lighter.

I can raise or` lower the end pipe or nozzle, M, for the inner pipe H andthe packing-nuts I turn in the T, and still make a water-tight joint.


' in a description of its operation.

By placing washers wherever needed between the meetingends of the pipes the joints may be made as close and tight as desired.

The advantage of this device will be seen Suppose the spout to be suitably hung up out of the way. The locomotive comes to a standstill at some distance beyond the tank. Ordinarily it would have to back to stop opposite to the spout; but in this case the fireman releases the spout, turns it forward on its upper hinge-joint to a line with water-receptacles, and then pulls it down on its lower hinge-joint to flt.its end pipe or nozzle into the hole. Therefore within the limit of its reach it may be adjusted up or down the track, and may be raised or lowered with accuracy and facility.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is l l. In combination with awater-tank, a spout connected therewith, said spout having a vertical hinge-joint, whereby it may be moved and adjusted laterally,and a horizontal hinge- 25 joint, whereby it may bey moved and adjusted vertically, substantiallyas and for the purpose herein described.

2. In combination with a tank, A, a vertical hinge-joint consisting of the sleeve B, bolted to the tank at its discharge, and having a shoulder, a, and a cutout end, c, the inner pipe C, having a iiange, d, fitting shoulder a, and a threaded end, and the packing nut or ring D, screwed upon pipeC,and fitting within and against the cut-out end of sleeve B, the elbows E screwed to the end of inner pipe G, the pipe F, the horizontal hin ge-joint, consisting of the T-shaped coupling Gr, having cutout ends c', the inner pipe H, having a side opening, h, and threaded ends, and the packing nuts or rings I, screwed upon the ends of pipe H, and fitting within and against the cutout ends ot' the T Gr, the elbows K upon the ends of pipe H, and pipes connected therewith and joining in a single discharge, the whole forln- 45 ing a laterally and vertically adjustable spout for said tank A, substantially as herein described.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.




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Cooperative ClassificationF16L27/0861