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George Westinghouse Jr was the son of a man who made farm machinery in New York Today George is known for being one of the most industrious inventors that ever lived He helped continue the Industrial Revolution with his determined attitude towards resolving social and commercial difficulties Georges creations changed societys life It affected the economy and how one travels On October 6 1846 Westinghouse was born in Central Bridge New York From an early age he had a curious mind and what better to test his creativity in his fathers shop Over a period of time when he was asked to cut some pipe George started to experiment and in a result he designed a powered device that could cut the pipes automatically in a fraction of the time by hand Just at age 19 he received his first patent a design for a rotary engine A year from then Westinghouse did not know he would find his destiny In 1866 while Westinghouse was riding a train and suddenly the train stopped vigorously to avoid a collision just tracks ahead Investigating the area he started to think about safer ways to stop heavy trains He knew that something must be done and he started to experiment with a new type of braking system At 22 years of age he developed the air brake a device that stopped trains using compressed air By 1881 he had invented the first automatic electric block signal It was a device designed to avoid collisions save lives and help move rail traffic Westinghouses safety devices boosted passengers confidence and provided much success to rail owners From discoveries he found from his backyard George figured out a way to transmit clean natural gas to homes It was used for lighting and heating and for industry with fuel 1905 Westinghouse presented his new current electric locomotive Not long after that his new engine was seen almost anywhere As he continued in
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