Track bed simulating assembly for snap together model railroad tracks

  • US 5,503,330 A
  • Filed: 11/29/1994
  • Issued: 04/02/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A model railroad accessory comprising a substantially rigid, one-piece molded plastic body having a major upper side molded to generally replicate at least a portion of a railroad track bed and an opposing major lower side, the body having at least two ends, each end including a male latching member and a matingly complementary female engagement structure molded in plastic, side-by-side, in one-piece with a remainder of the body, each female engagement structure being formed on the major lower side of the body and including a slot exposed at the end of the body and each male latching member projecting outwardly from the end of the body and having a nominal width greater than a width of the slot and being sufficiently resiliently flexible to be compressed to a width less than the width of the slot and to expand to a width greater than the width of the slot when released, the female engagement structure having an internal width greater than the width of the open slot and the major upper surface including at least one molded-in guide structure configured and located to receive and position a preassembled length of model railroad track including a pair of metal rails molded in place on a ladder-shaped member simulating a series of spaced-apart ties, with each rail of the length of track in alignment with a rail of an identical length of track united with an identical one-piece molded plastic body, when one end of the one piece molded plastic body is brought into engagement with an end of an identical molded body having an identical preassembled length of track identically mounted to the identical body, openings at each of the ends of the body, the openings being located to receive rails of a second identical track assembly including identical body and preassembled track length assembly, nested with the molded plastic body and track length assembly;

  • anda preassembled length of model railroad track secured to the upper side of the body.

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