US 827313 A
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No- 827,313. PATENTED JULY 31, 1906.
A LAUSTER 6: F. POUNDS.
, PLEASURE RAILWAY. AP PLIOA'IIOH FILED FEB. 21. 1906.
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- PATENTED JULY 31, 1906. A. LAUSTER & F. POUNDS.
APPLIOATIOH FILED FEB. 21. 1906.
ETERS cm, wA'sr-Ima Q STA S TEN FF CE- AUGUST LAUSTER AND-FREDRIOKPOUN'DS, F PATERSON, NEW JERSEY.
' a I PLEA suFrE RAwwAY- M I No. 827,313.
Patentecl July 31, 19 O6.
To all whom; it may concern:
Be it known that we, AUGUST LAUSTER and FREDRIOK POUNDS, citizens of the United States, residing at Paterson, in the county of .Passaic and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pleasure-Railways, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawmgs. g
Amusement devices relatingto Q leasurerail-ways have been made with spira or other inclines dOWIlWlllOh cars or boats pass to a tank of water or lake and over tracks constructed above or in the water of the lake or tank.
Our lnventlon relates to certain novel and sations, a trip under water through a transarent tunnel and to permit objects in the ake to be seen by the passengers while go ing through the tunnel and to permit sightscore likewise to enjoy the sporting of the denizens-of the water and the passing of vehicles into and out of the tunnel.
Further objects of the invention are to provide the pleasing excitement of a ride up.
a steep incline to the top of a tower-like observatory and the whirling sensation of a ride down the spiral railway surrounding the tower preparatory to passing through the tunnel under the waters of the lake and to provide safety devices for guiding the vehicles in their descent by gravity down the spiral railway.- I I -Any suitable means for furnishing power to draw the vehicles up the incline may be employed, and it is obvious that the abovementioned novel features may be added to coasting apparatus and other" amusement plants already established and in operation;
Our invention, although capable of being established on a grand scale admitting of many attractive modifications, is shown in the accompanying drawingsin its simplest form, and in the drawings like numerals refer to corresponding parts throughout the severalviews, in which- Figure 1 is a diagrammatic sideelevation illustrating the relative position of the parts.
Fig. 2 is a diagrammatic plan view. Fig. 3 is an elevation or bird's-eye view; and'Fig. 4
.is a sketch showing a section ofthe spiral railway, illustrating. the safetydevice or guide for vehicles in their spiral descent.
point 1 to the spiral station 3 near the top of the tower 4, from which point it passes by gravity to the spiral railway 5, where one end 14 of the angle guide-rail 10 is engaged by a roller 13 on the extremity of the lever 12, which is operatively secured to the vehiclebody and is manipulated by the driver or person in charge of the vehicle. The vehicle passes down the spiral railway 5 to the entrance of the transparent tunnel 7, throu h the same under the water of the lake or tan r, and up the incline 8,'whi'ch incline is auxiliary to the braking device on vehicle to bring it to a standstill at station 1 or starting-point preparatory to another trip.
A railing or fence 9 is provided ontheplatform around the lake, where lookers-on may congregate. on the outer edge of the spiral roadway 5.
Seals, alligators, fishes, sea-lions and the.
ter and a vehicle adapted to descend said in cline and pass through said tunnel, substantially as specified. I
2. The combination in a leasure-railway of a downward incline, a la re, or'tank containing water and a transparent tunnel through and under said water and a vehicle adapted to descend said incline and pass through said tunnel, substantially as speci fied. i
3. The combination in a pleasure-railway of an upward incline, a lake or tank contain- 'ingwater. and a tunnel through and under said water from which tunnel objects in the water may be seenand a vehicle adapted to descend said incline and pass through said tunnel, substantially as specified.
4. The combination in a pleasure-railway of an upward incline, and a spiraldownward incline, a lake or tank containing water and a transparent tunnel through and under said A guarderailing 15is provided 4 water and vehicle adapted to descend and ascend said inclines and pass through said tunnel substantially as specified.
5. In a pleasure-railway, the combination with a downward incline of a lake or tank containing water and a transparent tunnel below the surface of said water, substantially as set forth.
6. In a pleasure-railway the combination with inclines of a lake or tank containing water and a transparent tunnel extending through the water of said lake or tank, and a vehicle adapted to be drawn or propelled over said inclines and through said tunnel.
7. In a pleasure device, a lake or tank containing water, in combination with a transparent tunnel extending through the water of said lake or tank and a trackway constructed through said tunnel.
8. In a pleasure device, a lake or tank containing water in combination with a transparent tunnel substantially or nearly surrounded by water.
9. The combination with a body of water, an observation-tunnel from which objects in the water may be seen beneath the surface, of the spiral railway and the vehicle, a guiderail and means operatively connected with the vehicle and engaging said guide-rail, substantially as set forth 10. A pleasure-railway having a body of water, a transparent observation-tunnel under said water and a track through said tunnel.
In testimony whereof we afiix our signa- V tures in presence of two witnesses.
AUGUST LAUSTER. FREDRICK POUNDS.
Witnesses JOHN F. KERR, Gus. LANG.