June 14, 2014

On this day June 15th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

June 15, 1897 R.A. Butler patents the train alarm and was granted Patent #157,370.

African-Americans were largely responsible for developing the railway system. Without the inventive contributions by African-Americans, the railway systems as we know it today would never have existed. The following is a list of railway inventions by African-Americans. Though the list is not conclusive, it gives you an idea of how much African-Americans contributed to this industry.

      
  

INVENTOR

  
  

INVENTION

  
  

PATENT DATE

  

    L. BELL

      Locomotive Smoke Stack

      May 23,1871

        A.B. BLACKBURN

          Railway Signal

          Jan 10, 1888

          BROWN & LATIUMER

          Water Closets

          Feb 10,1874

             W.F. BURR

              Switching Device

                Oct. 31,1899

                  R.A. BUTLER

                  Train Alarm

                  June 15, 1897

                     T.J. BYRD

                      Car Couplings

                        Dec. 1, 1874

                          M.A. CHERRY

                          Street Car Fender

                            Jan. 1, 1895

                            O.B. CLARE

                            Trestle

                              Oct. 9, 1888

                                W. H. JACKSON

                                Railway Switch

                                March 9, 1897

                                   W.B. PURVIS

                                    Electric Railway

                                    May 1, 1894

                                    Magnetic Device

                                    May 21, 1895

                                    Electric Switch

                                    August 17, 1897

                                    (Purvis also patented 10 paper bag machines)

                                      bet. 1884-1894

                                        C.V. RICHEY

                                        Car Coupling

                                          Jun. 15, 1897

                                            Railroad Switch

                                              Aug. 3, 1897

                                                Railroad Switch

                                                  Oct. 26, 1897

                                                    E.R. ROBINSON

                                                    Electric Railway Trolley

                                                      Sept. 19, 1893

                                                        Casting Composite

                                                          Nov. 23, 1897

                                                            J.H. ROBINSON

                                                            Life Saving Guards

                                                              Apr. 25 – Mar. 14, 1899

                                                                A. ROMAIN

                                                                Berth Register

                                                                July 21, 1897

                                                                RICHARD B. SPIKES

                                                                Contact Trolley

                                                                circa 1919

                                                                Railroad Semaphore

                                                                circa 1906

                                                                FREDERICK M. JONES

                                                                Defroster

                                                                Air Conditioning Unit

                                                                Two-Cycle Gas Engine

                                                                Internal Combustion Engine

                                                                Starter generator

                                                                GRANVILLE T.WOODS

                                                                Steam Boiler Furnace

                                                                  Jun. 3, 1884

                                                                    Telephone Transmitter

                                                                      Dec. 2, 1884

                                                                        (7) Apparatus for Transmission of Messages by Electricity

                                                                        April 7, 1885

                                                                        Relay Instrument

                                                                        June 7, 1887

                                                                        Polarized Relay

                                                                        July 5, 1887

                                                                        Electro-Mechanical Brake

                                                                          Aug. 16, 1887

                                                                            Telephone System & Apparatus

                                                                              Oct. 11, 1887

                                                                                Electro-Magnetic Brake Apparatus

                                                                                  Oct. 18, 1887

                                                                                    Railway Telegraphy

                                                                                      Nov. 15, 1887

                                                                                        Induction Telegraph System

                                                                                          Nov. 29, 1887

                                                                                            Overhead Conducting System for Electric Railway

                                                                                            May 29, 1888

                                                                                            Electro-Motive Railway System

                                                                                            June 26, 1888

                                                                                            Tunnel Construction for Electric Railway

                                                                                            July 17, 1888

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