Compressed air

On 5 March 1872, George Westinghouse patented a safer compressed air brake system, having made numerous alterations to improve his earlier invention designed in 1869.

His new version involved a triple valve, and each carriage having its own air cylinder. Air pressure is maintained in the reservoirs and train pipe at all times when the brake isn’t applied.

On our railway, LMR 600 Gordon and 34027 Taw Valley are equipped to work with air-braked rolling stock.

Learn more about the Westinghouse air-brake

Also on this day,

in 1884 the GWR authorised the construction of Stourport interchange basin

in 1983 the line south of Bridgnorth reopened for passenger services after completion of the bypass bridge

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