Enclosing some pix and a video that I made of one of the “Safety Gate” games that Gottlieb made in 1950/1951 (also ’50 Knock Out, ’51Minstrel Man, ‘51Happy Go Lucky, ’51 Mermaid, ‘51 Glamor and ‘51Wild West). The safety gate is a “V” shaped plate between the flippers that helps keep the ball in play. It typically rises once the ball is launched and passes through a rollover at the top of the shooter lane and drops once a certain score is made or when the ball goes over a certain rollover on the playfield.
I’d like to acknowledge Shapeshifter who details about the history and rule set of the 4 Horsemen and the restoration of his. There’s nothing more that I can add:
Shapeshifter and I talk frequently about the woodrails and he was so enthusiastic about his game that when the opportunity arose for me to get one, I acquired it without auditioning it.
As it turns out, my game was in storage for awhile and judging by the low play meter and good condition of the playfield and backglass, it probably was pulled off route because of technical issues. I have a repro back glass in the machine now and the original glass framed and hanging on the wall. The original plastics, slightly toasty, were replaced by repros. The game was not working properly when I got it and upon examination, it was apparent that fundamental wiring was wrong. In retrospect, it should have been a relatively easy fix, but the decision to sideline it meant it allowed the game to age gently.
Additionally, a shout out to Russ/Pinrescue for his technical assistance in fixing this game, and for hosting the videos that I make on his site: