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Standards for the railroad pocket watch, were developed because of a train wreck.
The collision occurred in April, 1891, at Kipton, Ohio, near Cleveland. The cause
of the accident was traced to the fact that an engineer's watch had stopped for four
minutes while one of the involved trains was at Elyria Station. After the crash, a
railroad commission hired Webb C. Ball, a watchmaker, to create standards for
watches used by railroad conductors, engineers, and time schedulers.

Ball watches, or ones manufactured to his specifications by other American watch
companies, were used by railroad employees from 1893 until 1961.

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