General Railway Signal

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General Railway Signal Company
Former type Private
Industry Manufacturing
Fate Merged with Alstom [1]
Predecessors Pneumatic Signal Company
Taylor Signal Co.
New York and Standard Railroad Signal Company
Successors Alstom
Founded 1904
Founders John Taylor [2]
Defunct 1998; 16 years ago (1998)
Headquarters Rochester, New York [2], United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people John Taylor, Wilmer Salmon, Winthrop Howe [2]
Products Grade crossing signals, Railroad signaling
Employees 350

General Railway Signal Company (GRS) was a supplier of railway signaling equipment, systems and services in the Rochester, New York area. The company was established in 1904 and became part of Alstom Transport in 1998. GRS was a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1928 to 1930.[1]

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GRS was founded in 1904 with the merger of three companies (Pneumatic Signal Company of Rochester, New York, Taylor Signal Co. of Buffalo, New York and Standard Railroad Signal Company of Arlington, New Jersey). In 1923 GRS acquired the Federal Signal Company of Albany, New York.[2]

Company's former logo.

General Railway Signal was one of the 30 stocks when the Dow Jones Industrial Average[3] was expanded from a 20-stock average on October 1, 1928. It was replaced in the DJIA by Liggett & Myers on July 18, 1930. In 1965, General Signal Corporation (GSX) was created with the intent to diversify into areas other than railway signaling. GRS was a wholly owned subsidiary of GSX.

In 1960, GRS opened up a division called the "General Railway Signal Company de Argentina" (GRSA) in Buenos Aires, which took care of manufacturing, installing, and providing technical support of GRS railroad signalling systems in Argentina. Some of local railroad lines that were provided with GRSA products were Ferrocarril Belgrano Norte, Ferrocarril Belgrano Sur, Ferrocarril Sarmiento and Ferrocarril General Urquiza. Most of the signals are still active. Noticeably among their products are their railroad crossing signalling parts, branded with the GRSA logo, instead of the usual GRS one. This facility was closed down in the early 1980s.

In 1986, GRS joined with China National Railway Signal & Communication Group Corporation (CRSC) to form the Chinese-American Signal Company (CASCO) in Shanghai, China, which produces products and systems for railways in the People's Republic of China.[4]

In 1989, GRS was acquired by the Italian company Sasib and joined the Sasib Railways group. From its founding until 1993, GRS main office and manufacturing facilities were located at 801 West Avenue in Rochester. In 1993, it moved to two new suburban facilities: administration and engineering to Sawgrass Drive in Brighton, and manufacturing to John Street in West Henrietta. In 1998, it became part of Alstom, a French corporation, when Alstom acquired Sasib Railways.[1] The GRS name is no longer used. All products now use the Alstom brand.

In 2003, the Sawgrass facility was closed and all activity was consolidated at the John Street plant, renamed Alstom Station.

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grade crossing signal manufactured in Argentina and still active as of May 2014.
GRS Model 2 interlocking machine (1915)

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