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Safety on the Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story
Joanne L. Harris
Ansaldo STS USA
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2011-09-20 23:12:20
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Safety on the Rails

The Union Switch & Signal Story


By Joanne L. Harris.

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Cloth with dust jacket, 9x12 oversize, 192 pages. 2011.

"Ansaldo STS (formerly known as Union Switch & Signal) has published Safety On The Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story, a retrospective commemorating Union Switch & Signal's 130th anniversary.

"From the dawn of the rail transportation to the futuristic driverless rail systems, Union Switch and Signal has been the leading switch, signal and dispatch company in the rail industry. This book covers every aspect of USS company - from the founders to the signal and switch machinist and assembly to the switchboard operators and control centers.

"Union Switch and Signal has endured hardships and turmoil throughout its long industrial history. As the United States experienced two World Wars and the Great Depression, Union Switch adapted to the circumstances and was revolutionary in the building of our industrialized nation by manufacturing airplane engines for WWI, rifle parts and many other necessities for aid to the war. Despite the Great Depression USS made strides to achieve new and improved safety standards for their equipment and provided many jobs for the jobless. As WWII approached USS switched gears and helped with war efforts by producing bomb bodies, shell casings, airplane propellers, radio controlled aerial bombs - even Colt .45 pistols. Many women were hired during war times and continued to contribute to the assets of USS long after the war had ended. USS has endured the tough times and moves forward to be the first and foremost in top of the line technology for the rail industry."

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