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March 15, 1949.
A. B. BELL
FOOT RAIL FOR VEHICLE SEATS
Filed Oct. 29, 1945
2,464,370
2,464,370?
Patented Mar. 15, 1949
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,464,370
FOQTRAIL FOR VEHICLE SEATS
Alfred E. Bell, Philadelphia, Pa, assignor to Hey
wood-Wake?eld Company, Gardner, Mass, a
corporation of Massachusetts
Application Gctober 29, 1945, Serial No. 625,131
3 Claims. (01. 155-171)
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2
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rail. and its supporting means is identical with
that of the other rails, only one of these structures
is described herein. Of the foot rails shown in
Figure l, the one, on the right will be referred to
This invention relates to foot rails for vehicle
seats and more particularly to a novel foot rail
pivotally supported on the base or pedestal of the
seat and movable about the pivot axis to an idle
position in which the rail is housed inconspicu
ously and out of the way within the pedestal and
as the rear foot rail.
The one on the left is at
the front ofthe seat and is in its stowed position
as it will not be wanted until thev seat is swung
around to face the other way, whereupon the
raii on the left becomesv the rear rail and can be
swung. out toitsposition of use, the rail on the
an operative position in which the rail rests on
the floor remotely from the pedestal. The con
struction is extremely simple and the moving of
the rail to and from its two positions requires 3‘
right being then swung tov its stowed position.
merely a pivoting thereof about the pivot axis.
The supporting means for each foot rail com
The feature by which the rail is conveniently
prises a pair of fixed brackets. 22 secured atone
housed between the seat renders it particularly
adaptable for use on both sides of reversible car __ end 23 to the pedestal frame and projecting
seats and the novel manner of supporting the ‘ downwardly and rearwardly to a point near. the
iioor on which the pedestal is mounted. ..To the
rail in operative position directly on the floor
rear end of each bracket 22 is pivotally attached
provides a structure which is independent of seat
at 26 an arm 24 permitting the arms to rock about
movement and adapted to support a substantial
a common axis extending through the pivots. To
load without danger of breakage. The produc
the other ends of the arms 2&- is secured a shaft
tion of a new and improved foot rail of this nature
:28, this shaft having end portions 30 which pro
ject beyond the arms 24 and carry ?ttings 32
and embodying these novel features comprises
the primary object of the invention.
These and other features of the invention will be
on which is mounted a foot rail 34. The foot
rail is a board or similar flat object which may
be transversely convex as shown and which is
secured at or near its ends to the ?ttings 32. The
best understood and appreciated from the follow- _
ing description of a preferred embodiment there
of, selected for purposes of illustration and shown
in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure l is a side elevation of a railway re
rail is parallel to and rockable about the axis
of the shaft 28.
In order to limit the angle of rocking movement
versible car seat on both sides of which are
30 of the rail about the axis of the shaft 28, each
mounted foot rails embodying the invention;
?tting 32 is provided with a pair of stop-pins 38
Figure 2 is a fragmentary rear elevation of the
which are parallel to the shaft 28 and are ar
ranged to engage one or the other of the side
pedestal shown in Figure 1 and the foot rail
mounted thereon;
Figure 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of Fig
ure 2;
edges of the adjacent arm 25% When the rail 35
35 is rocked in one direction or the other as indi
Figure 4 is a section on the line ¢l-—4 of Figure 3;
Figure 5 is a section on the line 5-—5 of Fig
ure 3;
A conventional railway car seat is illustrated
in Figure 1, this car seat having a seat cushion Ill, 4-0
a back i2, and a side wall Ill on which is an arm
cated in Figures 1 and 4. The full line ?gure
of the rear rail 34 and its supporting arms 24
shows one position of use. By pushing the heels
against the lower margin of the rail, the pas
senger can tilt it to a more nearly vertical posi
tion such as is shown in dotted lines. The rail
can also be swung forward about the axis of the
rest iii. The seat is mounted on a hollow pedestal
pivots 26 to its stowed position beneath the seat
comprising a horizontal frame 18 including angle
and partly within the pedestal as shown in dotted
irons supporting at each end on a side wall 20,
the pedestal being open at the front and rear be 45 lines. The stop pins 38 are arranged to permit
a rail rocking movement approximating 60° and
tween the side w'alls to receive the foot rails here
this feature of construction serves the functions
inafter described, like the pedestal frame shown
of varying the angular position of the rail to the
in patent 1,696,536. The seat is preferably ro
convenience and comfort of the passenger and
tatable on the pedestal but the pedestal itself
50 of permitting rocking movement of the rail to a
is ?xed to the ?oor.
position wherein it can pass beneath the seat and
As indicated in Figure 1, one foot rail is mounted
in front and another at the rear of each pedestal
into the pedestal.
The rail supporting arms 24 are pivoted to the
bottom ends of the brackets 22 and each has
the seat behind. Since the structure of each foot 55 its bottom end formed into a semicircular abut
so that no matter which way the seat thereon is
facing, a rail will be available to the occupant of
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2,464,370
ment 2'! of such radius that the abutments are
closely adjacent to the ?oor and contact the floor
and provide the forward support for the foot rail
when downward pressure is exerted on the rail.
Thus the rail is supported forwardly and rear
wardly directly on the ?oor and is thereby adapt
ed to support a substantial load quite independ
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like having a hollow pedestal open at the back, a
pair of ?xed and parallel brackets mounted in
spaced relation on said pedestal at opposite sides
of the back opening and projecting rearwardly
and downwardly therefrom, arms pivotally at
tached at one end to said brackets by pivots
having a common axis, a shaft parallel with
ently of the brackets 22 and the seat pedestal.
said axis fixed to the other end of saidv arms to
Various changes and modi?cations may be
rock with them as a unit about said pivot axis,
made in the particular embodiment of the inven 10 a foot rail arranged adjacent and parallel to said
tion herein shown and described without depart
shaft, a pair of ?ttings secured to said rail near
ing from the scope thereof as de?ned by the fol
its ends and mounted on the two end portions
lowing claims.
of said shaft for rocking movement about the
I claim:
longitudinal axis of the shaft, and a pair of stops
1. In combination with a vehicle seat pedestal
carried by each of said ?ttings and arranged to
comprising a horizontal frame supported above
engage opposite sides of the adjacent arm and
the floor at its ends by downwardly extending
limit said rocking movement of the rail about the
supports resting on the floor, a pair of parallel
axis of the shaft, the arms and rail being piv
brackets ?xed to the pedestal adjacent to its ends
otally movable about said common axis to a po
and extending downward and obliquely away a sition in which the arms extend from the com
from the pedestal to points adjacent to the floor,
mon axis toward, and the rail is disposed within,
a pair of spaced arms pivoted at one end to the
the pedestal and a position in which the arms eX
bottom ends of the brackets for swinging move
tend away from the pedestal and the rail rests
ment about a common axis, and a foot rail sup
on the floor remotely from the pedestal.
ported adjacent to its ends on the other ends ALFRED B. BELL.
of the arms, the arms and rail being pivotally
movable about said common axis to a position
REFERENCES CITED
in which the arms extend from the common
The following references are of record in the
axis toward, and the rail is disposed within, the
?le of this patent:
pedestal and a position-in which the arms extend ‘/
away from the pedestal and the rail rests on the
?oor remotely from the pedestal.
2. The combination de?ned in claim 1 plus
abutments on said arms adjacent to said common
axis disposed to rest on the floor when the foot be‘ Li
rail is in the remotely disposed position.
3. In combination with a vehicle seat or the
Number
UNITED STATES‘ PATENTS
Name
Date
903,361
926,309
2,093,455
2,236,983
Davis ___________ __ Nov. 10,
Witte __________ __ June 29,
Knight __________ __ Sept. 21,
Yusek ____________ __ Apr. 1,
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