Water Closets for Railroad Cars

An improved railroad car toilet

Announcement / Release
January 1874
Birth Place
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America


Before Latimer's design, toilets in railroad cars were essentially just open holes. Consequently cold drafts and even debris from the track may shoot up from the toilet during transit, making it a very uncomfortable experience when you need to use the bathroom. Latimer's design would close that hole, when the toilet lid was open. Once someone was finished with the toilet, and after they closed the lid, then the toilet's latch would open...

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