Brief History of the Railroad Watch
On April 19, 1891, a great train disaster occurred that would forever change timekeeping on the railroad. Two trains, because of an engineer's faulty timepiece, collided near Cleveland, Ohio with 9 casualties.
Following the disaster, a commission was appointed to adopt a
By 1893, the
Following the disaster, a commission was appointed to adopt aUNIVERSAL set of timekeeping standards by ALL railroads. Precision was now needed in this enormous industry.
By 1893, theGENERAL RAILROAD TIMEPIECE STANDARDS were in effect. Watches that fit this description became known as Railroad watches. Webb C. Ball, a great watch inspector and entrepreneur, had his watches, marked Ball Watch Co., made by several manufacturers including Hamilton, Illinois, Waltham, Elgin and Hampden. These watches are extremely undervalued today, and the ones that I like to collect and sell the most. Put a few away for yourself .... you'll be glad you did!