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Ansaldo STS Publishes 130th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Ansaldo STS (formerly known as Union Switch & Signal) announces the publication of Safety On The Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story, a retrospective book that commemorates Union Switch & Signal’s 130th anniversary.

Inventor George Westinghouse founded Union Switch & Signal (US&S) in 1881. The book details the inspiring story of railroading history and the company’s humble beginnings in Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Westinghouse. The story follows the company through its failures and successes as it weathered the storms of economic depressions, warsand the challenges of technological advancements.

Ansaldo STS commissioned Joanne L. Harris, president of Harris Marketing Communications in West Palm Beach, Fla., to write the book, and to chronicle the technological innovations that Union Switch & Signal developed, as well as the men and women whose relentless work ethic and innovative insight set the stage for such an enriching story. The company’s employees are highlighted as the foundation of both its past and future success as one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most historical companies.

The hardcover, 192-page book also features rare photographs of the company, its people and the customers it served, dating back to the 1890s.

Copies of Safety On The Rails: The Union Switch & Signal Story, are available through Simmons Boardman Publishing, at

To learn more about Ansaldo STS’s current activities, and for an opportunity to preview this historic book, visit Ansaldo STS at Railway Interchange 2011 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Booth 1000) September 18-21st and at the APTA Annual Meeting & Expo, in New Orleans (Booth 5813) October 2-5.