History Of The Railroad Watch

railroad pocket watch

Do you know how the railroad pocket watch came to be?  This article on the history of the railroad pocket watch details the story of a 1891 Ohio train collision that happened due to one of the conductor’s faulty pocket watch.  To keep accidents like this from happening again, a commission was created called the General Railroad Timepiece Standards to standardize all watches and time on railways. Because of this, now train engineers and conductors have to carry a pocket watch at all times.

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