Locomotive tender

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June 20, 1939. F. HOGG LOCOMOTIVE TENDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Original Filed Dec. 24, 1935 Q a MN INVENTOR. [4222014 j /ayg 5y CW ATTORNEY. Federated June 2Q W39 PAT LOCOMOTIVE TENDER Francis l-iogg, Wesleyville, Pa assignor, Application December 24, 1935, Serial No. 56,021 Renewed May 1'7, 1938 26 Claims. This invention relates to locomotive tenders and has for its main object the improvement of locomotive tenders, particularly in those of existing types, which consists in providing a fuel transferring means of such novel construction and relation with the tender as to occupy very little fuel and water space thereof. For a further object, I contemplate improving the construction of the tender and the relation of the fuel transferringmeans with the tender whereby inspection, repair and maintenance of the fuel transferring means is more readily accomplished. In carrying out the above objects I have provided the fuel bin of the tender with plates which are hinged to the fuel bin walls and extend toward the fuel opening in the conveyor which underlies the fuel bin. These hinged plates constitute a fuel supporting surface of the fuel bin and when hinged upwardly expose the fuel receiving conveyor. The above improved tender construction forms another object of my inven tion. Another object of my invention resides in providing locomotive tenders of existing types with fuel transferring means which is so related with the tender that only slight changes in the construction of the latter are required to accommodate the transferring means. A still further object of this invention contemplates the provision of a fuel transferring means comprising a conduit section having a spherical shell which is open in its upper portion to receive fuel from a downwardly directed throat and which spherical shell of said conduit section is supported for universal movement with respect to the downwardly directed throat. Other objects reside in the improved construction of fuel transferring means, the novel relation of the component units thereof one with another and the novel relation of the above with the locomotive tender. These objects and other advantages will become apparent as the following description of my invention is read in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which: Fig. 1 is a vertical medial section through adjacent portions of a locomotive and tender showing the invention as embodied therein in similar section; Fig. 2 is ,a plan view of the tender illustrated in Fig. l with portions broken away; Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1; (@i. lea-ear Fig. i is a sectional view taken on the line d-% of Fig. 3; Fig. 5 is a sectional View taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3; Fig. 6 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line 8-6 of Fig. 1; Fig. 7 is a fragmentary section, on an enlarged scale, taken on the line l-l of Fig. 4; and Fig. 8 is a fragmentary section, on an enlarged scale, taken on the line 8-8 of Fig. 2. Referring to these drawings, L indicates a locomotive which is connected by a coupler C to the tender T. The tender T is of conventional form and includes an underframe it of the water-bottom type upon which is supported the superstructure of the water tank W and the fuel bin F. This superstructure includes side plates ll, ii, the rear plate l3 and a horizontal plate It which extends between the vertical portions Ha, IN and Ho of the side plates ll, l2 and the rear plate I3, respectively, to form the floor of the fuel bin F. The forward end of the plate ll constitutes the shovelling platform of the tender deck. From the upper end of their vertical portions, the side plates ll, l2 are provided with upwardly sloping portions llb, lZb, respectively, each of which extends toward a side of the tender. The rear plate I3 is also provided with an upwardly sloping portion i317 which extends in a rearward direction from the upper end of the vertical portion 13a. By this construction, it is apparent that as the fuel is consumed, it will roll down the sloping side and rear plates onto the fuel loin floor ii. The water tank extends underneath the floor M and along the side plates II, i2 toward the tender front wall E5. The described construction is usual in many tenders which are not at the present time equipped with fuel conveying and crushing means. Fuel is conveyed from the tender to the locomotive by a transferring mechanism generally indicated at M and which comprises a conveyor l6 rigidly mounted on the locomotive L, a fuel conveyor and crusher i'i rigidly mounted on the tender T, and an intermediate conveyor i8 flexibly connecting the conveyors l6 and ii. Comprising the conveyor I6 is a conduit Ilia housing a conveyor screw i617 which is universally connected at 19 to the conveyor screw lab within the telescopic conduit lBa of the intermediate conveyor It. The construction of the conveyors l6 and i8 and their relation with each other is well known, making further description thereof unnecessary. The fuel conveyor and crusher I1 is novel in its construction and in its relation with the locomotive tender as will appear from the following detail description thereof. In equipping locomotive tenders of the described construction with fuel conveying and crushing mechanism, it is highly desirable that such equipment be made with minimum alterations in the existing structure of such tenders and without material reduction in the fuel and water capacities thereof. These ends are attained by providing the tender with a conveyor which includes an endless chain 2! mounted upon sprockets 22, 23, the respective shafts 22a, 23a of which are vertically disposed. By this construction, the conveyor 20 is relatively shallow in depth, thereby occupying very little space whether it is mounted above or below the plane of the bottom plate I4. I prefer to mount the conveyor 20 in the fuel bin F upon the bottom plate [4 thereof in order that its installation may be made economically and for other reasons which will become apparent as the description proceeds. A casing 24 houses the endless chain 2|, the sprockets 22, 23 and their respective shafts 22a, 23a. This casing 24 comprises a bottom wall 25 which rests upon the plate l4 of the fuel bin F and is provided with openings 26 which pass over the studs 21 threaded into the bottom plate [4 and rivetted on their under side to insure a water-tight joint, as clearly shown in Fig. 6. A nut 28 is threaded over each stud 21 above the casing bottom wall 25 for rigidly securing the casing 24 to the fuel bin bottom plate 14. Adjacent the plane of-the tender front wall 15, the casing is provided with an upstanding front wall 8 which extends between the vertical portions Ila and l2a of the side plates H and I2, respectively. A pair of longitudinally extending spaced channels 29, are formed within the casing 24 and they are joined by "return bends 3|, 32. The channel 29 is formed by the upstanding walls 29a, 2927, while the channel 30 is formed by the upstanding walls 30a, 30b. The sprocket 22 and its shaft 22a are mounted within the enlarged return bend 3| at the forward end of the casing 24, while the sprocket 23 and its shaft 23a. are disposed within the return bend 32 at the rearward end of the casing 24. The endless chain-2i consists of links 33 which are inter-connected by pintles 34 engageable by the teeth of the sprockets 22, 23. Each alternate link 33 is provided with a blade 6 pivotally attached thereto as at 35. 6 is in abutting relation with an enlargement 36 formed with a link 33 whereby the blades 6 are maintained in a distended position during travel of the endless chain in the direction indicated by the arrow in Fig. 2. Upon reversing the direction of the travel of the chain, the pivotal mounting of the blades permits them to retract whereby the endless chain may move through the fuel with greater ease. The conveyor casing 24 is so mounted on the bottom plate l4 of the fuel bin F that the channel 29 is disposed on the vertical medial plane of the. tender. Each upstanding wall 29a, 29b of the casing is provided with lateral projections 31, 38 respectively, as clearly shown in Fig. 6. These projections extend rearwardly from a point adjacent the fuel bin coal gate 39, terminating adjacent the rear plate l3 in a plane above the endless chain 2|. At its rearward portion, the upright wall 29b is cut away as at 9 in order to allow the sprocket 23 and the endless chain 2! to operate freely in the enlarged re On one side, each blade turn" bend 32. The projection 38 bridges the space 9 and is of sufficient strength to insure against fracture. Guides 40 are formed in the lateral projections 31, 38 for receiving sbiftable plates 4| which control the flow of fuel from the bin F into the channel 29. Since the channel 29 is considerably narrower than the space between the vertical side plates ll, l2, provision is made for directing the fuel toward the channel. From the lower edge of each inclined side plate 4 lb, l2b, a plate 42 is extended downwardly to the inner edge of the channel 29, while from the lower edge of the inclined rear plate [31) a plate 43 is extended downwardly toward the channel 29. Preferably, each plate 42, 43 is hinged to the respective rear plate I3?) and side plates lib, l2b of the fuel bin in order that access may be had to parts of the conveyor 20 and also so that the conveyor may be removed from its position on the tender. The plates 42, 43, together with the fuel bin bottom plate l4, form a compartment 44 which is disposed in the fuel bin space of existing tenders and which compartment receives the conveyor 20. At a point forward of the coal gate 39, the bottom wall 25 of the casing at the forward end of the channel 29 is provided with an opening 45 which is in register with an opening 46 in the bottom plate 14 of the tender fuel bin. A cover 41 is hinged as at 48 to the front wall 8 of the casing 28 to form a closure over that portion of the casing 20 which extends between the tender front wall 25 and the coal gate 39. The central portion of the cover 41 is in the form of a hood 49 which extends over the opening 45 a distance sufficient to permit large lumps of fuel to pass under the hood 49 and downwardly through the opening 45. It is apparent that the primary purpose of the cover 4'! is to prevent injury to the engine crew during operation of the fuel transferring mechanism. Immediately beneath the registering openings 45, 46 there is a fuel crushing mechanism 50 comprising a pair of crushers in the form of toothed drums 5|, 52 mounted within the casing 53 upon shafts 5|a, 52a, respectively. The crusher 52 is keyed to its shaft 52a. and is arranged to be operated by the'meshing bevel gears 54, 55 within the gear case 56. As the crusher 52 revolves, the large lumps of fuel dropping through the registering openings 45, 46 are reduced to a suitable size and pass downwardly through a throat 51 which is formed in the housing 58 disposed immediately subjacent the crusher casing 53 and upon which the latter is supported. The housing 58 encases and maintains the drive mechanism 1 of the Stoker in operative relation and it is rigidly secured to the underframe Ill by means of bolts 59 passing through foot members such as 60. The housing 58 and the fuel crushing mechanism 50 are disposed within a small alcove 6| which is formed at the front end of the tender beneath the bottom plate 14 by means of a plate 62 extending transversely between the side plates II and I2. The drive mechanism 1 comprises the main drive shaft 63 provided with a driving connection 64 which is arranged to be operatively connected with a suitable prime mover (not shown). A spur gear 65 is mounted on the rearward end of the drive shaft 63 for rotation therewith and it meshes with a spur gear 66 on the conveyor screw shaft 61 for operating the latter. Beyond its journal 68, the shaft 61 carries a jaw 19 which forms a universal connection H with the rearward end of the conveyor screw l8b. Between the spur gear 65 and the driving connection 84 the shaft 63 carries a bevel gear 12 which meshes with a bevel gear 13 secured to the vertically disposed shaft 14. The latter shaft is provided with a socket 15 which operatively engages a stub shaft 16 carrying the bevel gear 55 of the fuel crushing mechanism 50, as clearly shown in Figs. 4 and 5. By the described relation of parts it is apparent that the fuel crushing mechanism 50 and the conveyor screw |8 are so related with the drive mechanism that they will always operate during operation of the drive shaft 63. The endless chain 2| is driven by means which includes a spur pinion meshed with the gear 68 and which pinion is loosely mounted upon a worm shaft 18. This latter shaft has a worm 19 which engages a worm gear keyed upon the vertical shaft 8|. A socket 82 is formed in the shaft 8| to be operatively engaged by the driven end of the shaft 22a to which the sprocket 22 is secured. For reasons which will become apparent, the drive for the chain 2| is of the selective type and in order to accomplish this a clutch 83 having teeth 84 is slidably mounted upon the worm shaft 18 in operative relation therewith. The clutch teeth 84 are arranged to engage teeth 85 carried by the spur pinion 11 upon movement of said clutch 83 by means which includes a forked element 88 arranged to be manually operated by the stoker operator through linkage 81. Engagement of the teeth 84 and 85 has the effect of keying the spur pinion 11 to the worm shaft 18 for driving the latter and gearing associated therewith. Formed as an integral part of the housing 58 is a semi-spherical seat 88 which cooperates with a clamp 89 and a spherical shell 90, formed at the rearward end of the intermediate conduit |8a, to form a ball and socket joint between the housing 58 and the conduit I811. The upper side of the spherical shell 9|! is.provided with an opening 9| which is in approximate registry with the throat 51 of the housing 58. In order that the opening 9| may be maintained in its approximate registry with the throat 51, a circular lug 92 is formed on the under side of the spherical shell and it is received in-a longitudinally extending slot 93 formed in the adjacent portion of the clamp 89 and the semi-spherical seat 88 which, while permitting movement of the spherical shell 90 about a vertical axis and a horizontal axis, restrains axial movement of the conduit |8a. In normal operation of the device, the clutch teeth 84 are in engagement with the teeth 85 whereby rotation of the main drive shaft causes simultaneous operation of the endless chain 2|, the fuel crushing mechanism 50 and the conveyor screw l8b. The stoker operator then moves the first slide plate 4| rearwardly thereby permitting fuel to drop into the channel 29. The blades 84 of the endless chain 2| urge the fuel forwardly along the channel 29 and into the registering openings 45 and for passage into the crushing mechanism 58. Upon reduction to a size suitable for efficient firing, the crushed fuel drops through the throat 57 into the spherical shell 98 for conveyance forwardly toward the 10'- comotive by the conveyor screw I81). A screw flight 96 is formed with the jaw 10 within the spherical shell 98 and aids in the forward advancement of the fuel. During normal operation of the fuel transferring means, foreign material may sometimes become lodged within the channel 29 between the walls thereof and the elements of the endless 1 chain 2|. This will \obviously stall the entire transferring means. In order to release the lodged material, the operator reverses the direction of rotation of the power shaft 83 (by re versing the prime mover), whereupon the screw |8b, the crushing mechanism 58 and the endless chain 2| will operate in a reverse direction. Such reverse operation of the endless chain 2| causes the blades 6, by reason of their pivotal c0nnection with the chain links 33, to retract to the 1 position indicated in Fig. 2 by the dot and dash lines. Refraction of the blades 6 will usually release the foreign material, thereby making possible the continued normal operation of the transferring means. Should repeated operation of the chain 2| in a reverse direction fail to remove the obstruction, the stoker operator may then disengage the clutch 83 from its driving relation with the spur pinion 11 whereby only the crushing mechanism 50 and the conveyor screw |8b will operate. Fuel may then be fed manually into the crushing mecha nism 50 and the screw |8b will continue to advance fuel to the locomotive. By this arrangement it is not necessary for the stoker operator to reduce the large lumps of coal before manually feeding the same to the operating portion of the fuel transferring means. From the foregoing, those familiar with the art will recognize the construction herein described as being efiicient in operation, that it will meet all conditions of railway service, and that it may be readily installed on existing locomotives tenders and cheaply maintained. I claim the following: 1. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted Wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, and a conveyor below the level of said fuel bin floor receiving fuel from said endless conveyor. 2. A tender construction comprising a frame. fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, fuel crushing means at the forward portion of said endless conveyor disposed below the level of said fuel bin floor anda conveyor receiving fuel from said crusher. 3. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, an alcove at the front end of the tender below the level of said fuel bin floor, and a conveyor in said alcove receiving fuel from said endless conveyor. 4. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, an alcove at the front end of the tender below the level of said fuel bin floor, fuel crushing means in said alcove arranged to receive fuel from said endless conveyor, and a conveyor below said fuel crushing means arranged to receive fuel therefrom. 5. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, an alcove at the front end of the tender below the level of said fuel bin iioor, fuel crushing means in said alcove arranged to receive fuel from said endless conveyor, and a conveyor in said alcove below said fuel crushing means arranged to receive fuel therefrom. 6. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, a conveyor below the level of said fuel bin floor receiving fuel from said endless conveyor, drive mechanism, said endless conveyor and the second named conveyor normally being in operative relation with said drive mechanism, and means for dis engaging said endless conveyor from its operative relation with said drive mechanism. 7. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates separating the fuel and water compart ments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, fuel crushing means at the forward portion of said end less conveyor disposed below the level of said fuel bin floor, a conveyor receiving fuel from said crusher, drive mechanism, said endless conveyor, fuel crushing means and the last named conveyor normally being in operative relation with said drive mechanism, and means for disengaging said endless conveyor from its opera tive relation with said drive mechanism. ii A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, an alcove at the front end of the tender below the level of said fuel bin floor, a conveyor in said alcove receiving fuel from said endless conveyor, drive mechanism in said alcove, said endless conveyor and the second named conveyor normally being in operative relation with said drive mechanism, and means for disengaging said endless conveyor from its operative, relation with said drive mechanism. 9. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising an endless conveyor mounted wholly above said fuel bin floor and arranged for movement about a vertical axis, an alcove at the front end of the tender below the level of said fuel bin floor, fuel crushing means in said alcove arranged to receive fuel greases from said endless conveyor, a conveyor below said fuel crushing means arranged to receive fuel therefrom, drive mechanism in said alcove, said endless conveyor, fuel crushing means and the last named conveyor normally being in operative relation with said drive mechanism, and means for disengaging said endless conveyor from its operative relation with said drive mechanism. 10.A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partitionplate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed walls defining an upwardly opening aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges the side and rear partition plates, a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a plate extending from said rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture. 11. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed walls defining an upwardly opening aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a plate extending from said rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, said last named plates being removable from their position adjacent the aperture of said conveyor casing. 12. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a plate extending from said rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, each of said last named plates being hinged to its respective partition plate whereby each of such plates may be hinged away from the aperture of said conveyor casing. 13. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed spaced inwai from the inner edges or" the side and rear partition plates, a sloped fuel directing plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a sloped fuel directing plate extending from the rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture. 14. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and part1 tion plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plateforming the fuelv bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed walls defining an upwardly opening aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a sloped fuel directing plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a sloped fuel directing plate extending from the rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, said sloped fuel directing plates being removable from their position adjacent the aperture of said conveyor cas- 15. A tender construction comprising a. fuel compartment, a water compartment, and part1 tion plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a. rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardlyfrom the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a sloped fuel directing plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a sloped fuel directing plate extending from the rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, each of said sloped fuel directing plat's being hinged to its respective partition plate whereby wch sloped plate may be hinged away from the aperture of said conveyor casing. 16. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a. plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for varying the effective size of said aperture, 9. plate extending from each partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a plate extending from said rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture. 1'7. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, 9. water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a, bot= tom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for varying the efiective size of said aperture, a plate extending from each partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, and a plate extending from said rear partition plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, said last named plates being removable from their position adjacent the aperture oiv said conveyor casing. 18. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, 8. water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for tion plate toward said conveyor casing aperture, each of said last named plates being hinged to its respective partition plate whereby each of such plates may be hinged away from the aperture of said conveyor casing. 19. In a fuel transferring system, the combination of a spherical seat, a conduit section having a spherical shell received in said spherical seat, said spherical seat being provided in its upper portion with a fuel admission throat, said spherical shell of said conduit section being open in its upper portion in approximate registry with the fuel admission throat, .fuel transferring means in said conduit section comprising a conveyor screw, 2. drive shaft journaled in said spherical seat, and a universal joint within said spherical shell operatively connecting said drive shaft and said conveyor screw. 20. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and par-ti tion plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed walls defining an upwardly opening aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, and a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture. 21. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with upwardly directed walls defining an upwardly opening aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, and a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, said last named plates being removable from their position adjacent the aperture of said conveyor casing. 22. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, and a plate extending from each side partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, each of said last named'plates being hinged to its respective partition plate whereby each of such plates may be hinged away from the aperture of said conveyor casing. 23. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water'compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for varying the effective size of said aperture, and a plate extending from each of the partition plates disposed above said bottom partition plate toward the corresponding .side of the conveyor casing aperture. 24. A tender construction comprising a. fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plate forming the fuel bm floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with and upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for'varying the effective size of said aperture, ' and a plate extending from each of the partition plates disposed above said bottom partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, said last named plates'being removable from their position adjacent the aperture of said conveyor casing, 25. A tender construction comprising a fuel compartment, a water compartment, and partition plates separating the fuel compartment from said water compartment including a pair of side partition plates, a rear partition plate and a bottom partition plate, said plates defining the fuel compartment and the bottom plte forming the fuel bin floor, a conveyor casing mounted wholly above said bottom plate, said conveyor casing being provided with an upwardly directed aperture spaced inwardly from the inner edges of the side and rear partition plates, a plurality of shiftable plates carried by said conveyor casing for varying the effective size of said aperture, and a plate extending from each of the partition plates disposed above said bottom partition plate toward the corresponding side of the conveyor casing aperture, each of said last named plates being hinged to its respective partition plate whereby each of such plates may be hinged away from the aperture of said conveyor casing. 26. A tender construction comprising a frame, fuel and water compartments, and partition plates above said frame separating the fuel and water compartments including side partition plates and a fuel bin floor, fuel transferring means comprising a conveyor casing having an upwardly opening mouth, said casing being mounted in said fuel compartment and immediately above said fuel bin fioor for receiving substantially allof the fuel within said fuel compartment, conveying means in said casing arranged to advance fuel toward the forward end of said tender, a plate extending from each side partition plate to the open mouth of said casing, and a conveyor below thelevel of said bin floor receiving fuel from said conveying means. FRANCIS I-IOGG.

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