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Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake

 
 
Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 11, 2011
1. Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake Marker
Inscription. Invented by George Westinghouse in 1869, the air brake revolutionized railroad transportation. It made possible longer, heavier, and faster trains while improving safety. Modified versions are still in use today. Westinghouse Air Brake Co. was located in this building.
 
Erected 2011 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 27.201′ N, 79° 58.755′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 25th Street, on the right when traveling west on Liberty Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Pittsburgh Opera Company in the Strip District. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seige at the 26th Street Roundhouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Menace of the Iron Horse (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Violence Incites Rioting (approx. mile away); Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church (approx. mile away); The Desperate and the Decadent (approx. mile away); Railroad Strike of 1877
Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 11, 2011
2. Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Joshua (Josh) Gibson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Twenty Murdered and a City Rises Up (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Westinghouse at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Man for His People. The stature of George Westinghouse as an engineer is rivaled by his skill and integrity as a leader. by Ed Reis An article from Mechanical Engineering Magazine - October 2008 (Submitted on October 12, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
George Westinghouse image. Click for full size.
By Joseph G. Gessford, circa 1900
3. George Westinghouse
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-93492}
<i>Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Near Pittsburgh, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by I. Robbins & Son, circa 1915
4. Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Near Pittsburgh, Pa.
The back of the card reads:"The Home of the Air Break." The largest brake plant building in the world.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on February 14, 2015.
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