About - Old Railroad Watches



conductor and engineer with railroad watches

From a safety standpoint the conductor's railroad watch is the primary piece of safety equipment on the train. The conductor is the chief officer in charge of any train. This is true for freight trains and passenger trains. The engineer is in charge of the locomotive, but he is responsible to the conductor for operating the train on time. At initial departure from all stops the engineer has to wait for clearance from the conductor before moving the train. Customarily before a run, the conductor and engineer compare their pocket watches before departure.

To ensure that no two trains occupy the same set of tracks in the wrong directions, it is imperative that the conductor keep the train on a precise schedule. To guarantee this, the accuracy of railroad watches is most important. Pocket watches - good railroad watches of high accuracy - are the badges of office for railroaders.

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