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Elgin Entertains U.P. Inspectors

From The American Horologist magazine, July 1940

Elgin Entertains U.P. Inspectors

The entire watch inspectors unit, consisting of about 100 technical experts, of the Union Pacific Railway spent a day visiting the Elgin National Watch Company factory at Elgin, Illinois last month to see the manufacture of the famous Elgin B. W. Raymond railroad watches.


The watch inspectors came from all parts of the country and were given a demonstration of the technical advances in timekeeping equipment that have been recently achieved at Elgin. Of especial interest was the precision processes perfected by Elgin for making its new "Timemaster" for use on the crack trains of America. This 23-jewel watch is non-magnetic, unaffected even by Diesel or electric locomotives, noncorrosive; and incorporates Elgin's patented Elginium Y hairspring, grooved balance staff and Invar balance. The railroad watch series is named for the first president of Elgin, B. W. Raymond, who served from 1865 to 1867.

The meeting of the inspectors was addressed by Frank D. Urie, superintendent of the research and inspection division of the plant, and at a luncheon at the Elgin Country Club. Howard D. Schaeffer, vice-president, served as host for the day, and James G. Shennan, general factory superintendent, escorted the railway men through the plant. The Union Pacific men were also shown the Elgin Observatory. 


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