Jaw And Seat Patents (Class 238/278)
  • Patent number: 4771943
    Abstract: A train track bed includes an elongated slot therein and a track rail includes a bottom flange that is supported by the track bed. A bendable locking tab is formed on the bottom flange of the rail. The locking tab is bent into the slot in the bed to restrain longitudinal movement of the rail on the bed while the bottom flange of the rail is received between opposing rail-holding flanges on the bed that restrain other movement of the track. Preferably, the track includes oppositely extending bottom flanges formed of sheet metal folded back upon itself with each flange having a depending side wall at the outermost lateral extremity of the flange to form a recess between the side walls. A pair of raised support ribs extends from the track bed into the recess to engage the underside of the flanges to support the rail on the track bed. The side walls hide the raised support ribs from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Lionel Trains, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Cooney, D. Michael Ledyard