March 5 1872 – George Westinghouse Patents His Railway Air Brake

March 5 1872 – George Westinghouse Patents His Railway Air BrakeRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Two-and-a-half years after establishing the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, inventor and industrialist George Westinghouse received a patent for the railway air brake on March 5, 1872. By modifying an existing system, he increased the safety of the rapidly-expanding railroads by ensuring the massive powerhouse machines would be able to come to a stop with significantly fewer failures. Throughout the first six-plus decades of passenger trains, braking systems were incredibly primitive. In most cases, the trains carried a staff of porters (known as “brakemen” in the United States) to jump from one car to […]