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"If someday they say of me that in my work I have contributed something to the welfare and happiness of my fellow man, I shall be satisfied."
— George Westinghouse

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          Engineer, inventor and industrialist George Westinghouse, Jr. [1846-1914] invented a safety brake for railroad cars and then invested in alternating current electrical power, beating Edison's costly direct current system to become the worldwide electric light and mechanical power standard.

1846 - George Westinghouse Jr. is born on October 6, in (Old) Central Bridge, NY. 1862 - Westinghouse joins the U.S. Navy. 1865 - Westinghouse receives his first patent for a rotary steam engine at age 19. 1869 - Westinghouse develops the air brake and establishes the Westinghouse Air Brake Co. at age 23 1871 - Westinghouse gives his employees a half day off on Saturday. 1881 - Westinghouse perfects the first automatic, electric block signal designed to prevent wrecks and help move rail traffic. 1882 - Westinghouse organizes the Union Switch and Signal Co. 1886 - The Westinghouse Electric Co. is founded in Pittsburgh, PA. 1905 - Westinghouse introduces the first alternating current locomotive. 1908 - Westinghouse begins a pension fund for his workers. 1911 - Westinghouse and others develop a marine steam turbine-and-gear combination to propel ships and cargo vessels. 1913 - Westinghouse initiates paid vacations for his employees. 1914 - Westinghouse dies on March 12 in New York City, at age 67. As a Civil War veteran, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

George Westinghouse entry at Wikipedia
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credits listing for character 'George Westinghouse' at Internet Movie Database

Books  About  George Westinghouse
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George Westinghouse Life & Achievements book by Francis E. Leupp  "George Westinghouse: His Life and Achievements" [1918]
by Francis E. Leupp

Kindle Edition from Digital Text Publng Co. [10/2014] for $2.99
Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [6/2016] for $13.57
Sagwan Press 9¼x6 hardcover [8/2015] for $26.95
Little, Brown & Co. 9x6¼ hardcover [1918] out of print/used
Life of George Westinghouse biography by Henry G. Prout  "A Life of George Westinghouse" [American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1921]
by Henry G. Prout

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [10/2014] for $99’ {sic}
HardPress Publng 9x6 pb [1/2013] for $14.95
Palala Press 9¼x6 hardcover [5/2016] for $28.95
Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Photographic Record book by Stanley Appelbaum  "The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record" [1980]
with text by Stanley Appelbaum

George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla won a contract to electrify part of the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exhibition, and the astounding result was given the name "The White City".
Dover Publns 10¾x8¼ pb [6/80] for $10.36
The Race To Electrify The World book by Jill Jonnes  "Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse & The Race To Electrify The World" [2003] by Jill Jonnes
Random House 8x5¼ pb [10/2004] for $10.85
Random House 9&frac2x6½ hardcover [8/2003] out of print/used
watch 2003 interview on "Booknotes" TV show [57:58] online at YouTube
George Westinghouse Gentle Genius biography by Quentin R. Skrabec  "George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius" biography [2006]
by Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.

Algora Publng 9x6 pb [11/2006] for $24.95
Algora Publng 9x6 hardcover [11/2007] for $32.95
Topsy The Crooked-Tailed Elephant book by Michael Daly  "Topsy: The Startling Story of The Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and The American Wizard, Thomas Edison" [2013] by Michael Daly
Topsy the Elephant was a victim of the 'War of The Currents', electrocuted at Coney Island, New York in 1903; Edison was desperate to prove that his direct electric current system was best, that the alternating current system of his opponents George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla was dangerous; the execution of Topsy was successful, but Edison ultimately failed.
Kindle Edition from Atlantic Monthly Press [7/2013] for $9.99
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [6/2014] for $12.09
Atlantic Monthly Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [7/2013] for $8.00
Topsy the Circus Elephant [1875-1903] entry at Wikipedia
Edison Film Mfg. Co. record of the 1903 execution [1:17] online at YouTube

Movies & TV,  Stageplays,  Other  Media
credits listing for character 'George Westinghouse' at Internet Movie Database

"Tesla: Master of Lightning" tv documentary [P.B.S. 2000]
Tesla: Master of Lightning video  Co-produced, co-written & directed by Robert Uth; narrated by Elisabeth Noone; featuring Stacy Keach {as the voice of Nikola Tesla}, Margaret Cheney & William H. Terbo; with archive footage of John Jacob Astor, Thomas A. Edison, Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, Adolf Hitler, Lord Kelvin, William Francis Kemmler, Nikita Khrushchev, Guglielmo Marconi, John Pierpont Morgan, Ronald Reagan, Milutin Tesla, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, William K. Vanderbilt, and George Westinghouse
P.B.S. Home Video color DVD [11/2007] for $16.79
P.B.S. Home Video color VHS [12/2000] for $24.90
full credits from IMDb • P.B.S. official movie page
watch full movie [4/2015 upload; 1:26:13] online at YouTube

"Westinghouse: The Life & Times of An American Icon"
documentary video
[indep April 2008]
Westinghouse American Icon 2008 video  112-minute independent documentary film produced, written & directed by Mark Bussler;
narrated by Carol Lee Espy; featuring David J. Cope, Joseph G. Deley, Edward J. Reis,
Quentin R Skrabec Jr., Jim Sutherland, William H. Terbo
Inecom Ent. color/b&w DVD [4/2008] for $8.00
Janson Media color/b&w DVD [3/2016] for $19.95
full credits at IMDb • no entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [3/2010 upload; 3:00] online at YouTube
watch full movie [3/2013 upload; 1:52:19] online at YouTube
transcript of the film's narration in Kindle format [2013]
Kindle Edition from Janson Media [7/2013] for $3.99

"The Current War" [The Weinstein Company release 2018?]  
'The Current War' 2018 movie  Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable power system and market it to the American people • Announced 5/2012: Producer-director Timur Bekmambetov and his Bazelevs production company bought Michael Mitnick’s spec script, which was listed on the screenplay Black List; the story follows the real-life public clash between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse about the future of the new electric power industry; added 11/2016: actor Tom Holland signed on to portray Samuel Insull • Co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Bob Wein-stein, Harvey Weinstein, and others; directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; co-produced & written by Michael Mitnick; starring Benedict Cumber-batch {as Edison}, Nicholas Hoult {as Tesla}, Michael Shannon {as Westinghouse}, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, John Schwab, Matthew Macfadyen {as J.P. Morgan}, Damien Molony, Tom Bell, Tom Sweet, Conor MacNeill, Iain McKee, Jason Matthewson, Celyn Jones, Woody Norman, Faye Ormston, Phil Hodges, Ekow Quartey, Adam Lazarus, Simon Connolly, Joseph Balderrama, Steven I. Dillard
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • watch 9/2017 official trailer [2:33] at YouTube

Westinghouse Companies

21 Library of Congress silent clips from 1904  1904 short silent films of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company
there are 21 public-domain silent shorts from Library of Congress gathered at YouTube and also available on DVD
watch 21 clips [2/2009 upload; total run time 75:46] online at YouTube
"History of Westinghouse - An American Industrial Powerhouse - Powering The Future" [2015]
21 clips with music and annoying ads, run time 118 minutes
A2Zcds b&w DVD-R [11/2015] for $9.95
"The Westinghouse Works Film Collection" [2008]
21 clips without music, run time 64 minutes
The Historical Archive b&w DVD-R [2008] for $14.95

Westinghouse Air Brake Company logo in red         WABCO 'W' logo         modern WABCO logo in blue         Wabtec Corp. logo
The Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) [est. 1869]
Founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; moved to Wilmerding, PA in 1889; acquired by American Standard in 1968; WABCO and MotivePower Industries Corp.
merged in 1990 and was named Wabtec Corporation; WABCO Vehicle Control Systems was spun off in 2007.

Westinghouse Air Brake Company [1869-1990]: placeholder website • entry at Wikipedia
Wabtec Corp. [est. 1990]: Wabtec Corp. website • entry at Wikipedia
WABCO Vehicle Control Systems [est. 2007]: official website • entry at Wikipedia

Wilmerding and Westinghouse Air Brake book from Images of America  "Wilmerding [PA] and The Westinghouse Air Brake Company
(Images of America)" [2002] by Wilmerding World Wide

Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [2002 edition] for $9.99
Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [8/2002] out of print/used
Arcadia Publng 9½x6¾ hardcover [8/2002] for $27.99

Union Switch and Signal Co. [est. 1882]

Westinghouse Electric Corp. [est. 1886, sold off 1995-99]


Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co. [est. 1894; sold in 1988, 1996 & 2001]
currently owned by Bombardier of Canada [est. 1942]; still based in Pittsburgh

"New Frontiers: An Epic of Electrified America" [circa 1936] from Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co.
watch promo film [2/2015 upload; 16:36] online at YouTube

The Safety Car Application and Equipment book by G.M. Woods and Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co.   "The Safety Car" Application and Equipment" [2010]
by G.M. Woods and Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co.

facsimile reproduction of two brochures, circa 1915-20
Periscope Film, LLC pb [4/2010] for $11.95
"Westinghouse Cars and Car Equipment, 1924-1927"
by Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co.

historical society facsimile of catalog for 1924-27
Electric Railway Historical Society pb [1951] out of print/scarce

Westinghouse Electric Licensing Corp. [est. 1998]
exists for the purpose of licensing, as a subsidiary of C.B.S. Corp.

Westinghouse Television

"Studio One In Hollywood aka "Westinghouse Studio One" TV anthology series [1948] /tt0040051/

"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" TV series [1958] /tt0051328/

"Westinghouse Preview Theatre" TV series [1961] /tt0054576/

"Westinghouse Playhouse" TV series [1961] /tt0054575/

"Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed" TV movie [1961] /tt0407314/

"Westinghouse Presents: Come Again To Carthage" TV movie [1961] /tt2190002/

"Westinghouse Presents: That's Where The Town Is Going" TV movie [1962] /tt0405463/

Other Works

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Westinghouse Electric 1911 magazine ad about railway electrification  "The Electricification of Railways" technical paper [1909?]
by George Westinghouse

54-page technical paper by Westinghouse, then-president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Shelf2Life/B.C.R. 8x5 pb [11/2009] for $16.75
Shelf2Life/B.C.R. 8¾x5¾ pb [11/2009] for $16.99
Marine Steam Turbine book by George Westinghouse & others  "Broadening The Field of The Marine Steam Turbine: The Problem, and Its Solution" technical paper [1909]
by George Wallace Melville, George Westinghouse, John H. MacAlpine

Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [3/2014] for $21.75
Scholar's Choice 9¾x7½ pb [2/2015] for $21.75
Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [3/2010] out of print/used
Facsimile Publrs hardcover [2015] out of print/used

"Science and Civilization" [McGraw-Hill Books 1946]
these books show up on the internet as authored by George Westinghouse, but were the result of a
George Westinghouse Centennial Forum in 1946 (100 years after his birth)

Volume 1: The Future of Atomic Energy
Mason Press 8½x5½ pb [3/2007] for $27.45
Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [9/2011] for $22.75
Palala Press 9¼x6 hardcover [5/2016] for $23.95
Volume 2: Transportation + Light, Life, and Man
Whittlesey House/McGraw-Hill hardcover [1946] out of print/scarce
Volume 3: A Challenge To The World
Whittlesey House/McGraw-Hill hardcover [1946] out of print/scarce

Image  Gallery

preferred stock certificate dated 1897 for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company         George Westinghouse Memorial Fountain in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - dedicated 1930, restored 1986 & 2009                  width=110

Family & Friends
George Westinghouse was born in 1846 in upstate New York; he patented a compressed-air railway airbrake system in March 1868;
the Westinghouse Electric Company was founded in 1886; George Westinghouse died in 1914 at age 67.

wife Marguerite Erskine Walker Westinghouse [-1914] - married 1867, widowed 1914, died 3 months later
son George Westinghouse III had six children

Nikola Tesla [1856-1943] Page

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George Westinghouse Museum

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