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Publication numberUS872253 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1907
Filing dateJul 17, 1907
Priority dateJul 17, 1907
Publication numberUS 872253 A, US 872253A, US-A-872253, US872253 A, US872253A
InventorsHenry Elmer Riehl
Original AssigneeHenry Elmer Riehl
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Amusement apparatus.
US 872253 A
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PATENTED NOV. 26, 1907.




WITNESSES few Arman/5Y8 atunnel or rotto. I erecte can "ATES HENRY ELMER RIEHL, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.


Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed July 17. 190']. Serial No. 384.206.

To all whom it may concern:

' Be it known that I, HENRY E. RmnL, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of New York, Coney Island, borough of Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Amusement Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact do scription.

railways such are used in exhibition grounds, parks, pieasure resorts and the like, and its object is to provide a new and improved amusement apparatus, arranged to provide anexciting and interesting ride for the passengers. r

The invention consists of novel features and arts and combinations of the same, wine will be more fully described hereinafter and then pointed out in the claims.

- A practical embodiment of the invention is represented in the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification,- in which similar characters of reference indicate cor responding parts in all the views. r

Figure 1 is a plan view of the improvement; Fig. 2 is a sectional side elevation of the same; Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the front or lower portion of the improvement; F 1g. 4 30 is an enlarged cross section of the track and showing a car in position thereon, and Fig. 5

is a sectional plan view of the same, on the line 55 of Fig.- 4."

On a suitably constructed framework A 35 is arranged a single continuous track having an up-track B and a down-track C, the terminal of which forms a station track D leading to the foot of the up-track B, and arra ed adjacent to a station E, for the embar ation and disembarkation of the passengersseated in a car F adapted to travel over the said continuous track, as hereinafter niore fully, described. In the up-track B is arranged an endless propelling chain G having spaced, cross bars or projections engaging the car 0 the up-trabk B, the said out less chain G being driven by a suitable mechanism from a motor H'arranged in the frame-work A, as indicated in Figs. 1 and 2. The down-track 0 consists of a zigzag portion Q leading from the upperend oi the up-track B, and terminating at its lower end in a vertically disposed spiral G a portion of which asses through on the mam frame A. he lower convolution of the The invention reiatesto inclined pleasure 1, vehicle F, to pro el the same up.

spiral C terminates in the station track D. New passengers desiring to enjoy a ride in the car F embark at the station E, and the car thus filled with passengers is pushed by an attendant to the bottom of the up-track B, so that the endless chain G nowengages the car F and pushes the same up the u track B, and finally the said chain G disengages the car when reaching the summit, so that the car now runs'byits own gravity down over the down-track C to finally pass back onto the station track I), so that the passengers can disembark from the car, and as soon as the latter is empty it is pushed to the entrance side of the station, and the Patented Nov. 26, 1907. I

above described operation is then re eated. i

The car F is preferably constructe as follows: On a wheeled truck 1*" is mounted to turn the car bod T F by the use of a king bolt F and the sai car body F is preferably made circular and provided with seats at the.

inside for accommodatiir On the outside of the car body spaced )lOjBOtiODS I in the form of radially dispose arms or pins, and adapted to strike or abut against springs J, each of which is se cured to a post K held on-the frame-work A outside of the down-track along the zi zag portion C thereof, as plainly indicate in Figs. 1, 4 and 5. Now a car travelin down the zigzag portion 0 of the down-tree (3 engages with its projections F the springs J, which ofi'er a yielding resistance to the arm coming in contact with it, to cause the car body F to turn on its king pin F Thus while the car is traveling downward on the down-track C its car body F is caused to turn the passengers.

As indicated in Fig. 1 the zigzag passengers.

ortion F are arranged C of the down-track C is preferably ormed of compound curves to render a comparatively easy running of the car, at the same time giving the passengers a forward and backward ride to which is added the sensation incident to the turning motion of the car body, so that the ride is rendered exceedingly exciting and interesting to the occu-.

By arran ing the amusement apparatus in the manner described comparatively little space is occupied, at the same time a long and very interesting ride is had with the cars remaining at all times on the continuous track. 7 4

Walls or embankments L acting as guards are arranged on opposite sides of the downtrack C, to prevent any oneof the cars from leaving the track.

Having thus described my invention 1 claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. An amusement apparatus comprising an up-track and a down-track commencing at the terminal of the rip-track and leading to the beginning of the up-track, the said downtrack comprising a series of compound curves and a spiral and having guard Walls on each side thereof, and a rotatable car for move ment on the track, said down-track being provided with a plurality of yielding devicesv arranged at intervals for engagement by the car to impart rotation to the same.

27 An amusement apparatus comprising an up-track and a down-track commencing at the terminal of the up-traclr and leading to ,the beginning of the up-track, the said downtrack comprising a series of compound curves and terminating in a spiral, a rotatable car for movement on the track, and a plurality of yielding devices alongside the down-track for engagement by'said car to the same.

3. An amusement apparatus comprising an up-track and a down-track commencing at the terminal of the up-track and leading to the beginning of the up-track, the said downtrack comprising a series of compound curves and a spiral, a tunnel throug. which a part of the spiral passes, a rotatable car for movement on the track, and a plurality of yielding devices arranged alongside the down-track at intervals for engagement by the car to rotate the same.

4. An amusement apparatus comprising a car having a car truck and acar body mounted to turn on the said truck, a track for the said car truck to travel on, springs supported alongside the track, and projections on the outside of the car for engagement with the said springs.

, 5. An amusement apparatus provided with a car having a car truck, a circular car body, a king pin centrally connecting the said car body With the said car truck to allow the car body to turn on'the-said .car truck, the said car body having radially disposed arms on the outer side of the car body, a track for the said car truck to travel on and projections outside the said track and adapted to be engaged by the arms, the said projections being in the form of spiral springs secured to posts alongside the track.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationA63G7/00