Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] wristwatches
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 19:16:35 EDT

In a message dated 9/16/00 2:59:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I think the certification program was to avoid train collisions, and came
 into being, with requirements of approved and periodically recerrtified
 movements, after a train accident was attributed to an engineer's bad or
 broken watch.

Correct.  On April 19, 1891, a crash occurred near Elyria, Ohio, about 25 
miles from Cleveland.  Both engineers and nine others were killed in a high 
speed head-on train collision.  On one of the trains, the engineer's watch 
had stopped completely for a period of four minutes.  The conductor's watch 
was correct, but the engineer had not compared time with him.  Both railroads 
were just about ruined financially, and the US Post Office sustained serious 
losses as well.  A federal commission was set up to investigate, and 
standards for railroad timekeeping were developed.

Joe Sobel