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The Bee Line Equips Its First Train with Westinghouse Air Brakes, 1887.


The Westinghouse air brake was on Monday placed on locomotive 318, Mel. Rose engineer and Cal. Higgins fireman. This engine runs trains Four and Five on
the Delaware Division. This brake will soon be placed on all first-class engines.

Decatur (Ill.) Daily Republican
Saturday, November 26, 1887

Air-Brakes for Freight Trains.
CLEVELAND, O., Nov. 26.

A revolution in running freight trains is about to be inaugurated on the Bee Line. Within the last few days this corporation has built twenty-five freight cars, equipped with the Westinghouse air-brake. Yesterday an experiment was made between this city and Berea. Speed all the way from four to twenty-five miles an hour was made, and the long train was checked at all the degrees. Generally the stops were made in from five to twenty seconds. Several times the train was brought to a stand-still from a twenty-mile rate in half a dozen car lengths. The brake differs from that of a passenger brake in having the chamber and valve joined together, instead of being placed on opposite sides of the car. The Bee Line will equip all the cars they will build from now on with this brake.

Fort Wayne (Ind.) Sentinel
Friday, September 8, 1899

Captain H. M. Diehl left at noon today on the air brake car upon a trip that will probably include the entire northwestern system of the Pennsylvania lines and possibly consume three months. The captain will hold "schools" at all places where a considerable number of railway men are located, instructing them in the use and the care of the Westinghouse air brake. The car has been thoroughly overhauled and several additions have been added to its equipment, making it an "up to date" instruction car. A desk, blackboard and sixteen seats along the side of the car, arranged so they can be dropped out of the way, an easy chair for the captain and matting down the aisles are conveniences that were lacking when the car was last out upon an educational tour. This is one of the best equipped air brake cars in the world. Down its center is a row of seven air brakes, such as are in daily use in the train service, while at the end is all the equipment of a locomotive cab so far as it applies to air brakes. The three valves represent the three styles of air brake valves in use from the first in service to the latest improvement. There is also a skeleton valve for showing the modus operandi. Captain Diehl will make his first stop at Toledo. He will probably spend the Sundays at home.

Credit: Port Jervis (N.Y.) Daily News, Saturday, February 12, 1887.
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