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Westinghouse Air Brake Co

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1869 Company founded by George Westinghouse to commercialise his ideas for railway braking[1]

1871 Shortly after a visit to Europe, George Westinghouse set up the Europe Brake Company[2].

1897 Introduced Westinghouse air brake for express trains

1900 Combined tramcar braking and heating apparatus, Newell's patent. The apparatus includes a double-power brake consisting of two distinct brakes for electrically-operated tramcars and an electric heating system deriving its energy otherwise wasted.

1990 Wabtec formed by the merger of Wabco and MotivePower

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia [1]
  2. Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co 1899-1949 by John Dummelow: 1899-1909