The Real Story of the “Real McCoy” April 29, 2009Posted by HubTechInsider in Technology.
In 1872, Elijah McCoy (1844-1929), an African-American (Canadian by birth), invented something that no one who ran a railroad could do without – an automatic lubricator for trains. With his device, trains could run faster and did not need to stop so often for maintenance. His invention spawned a bunch of inferior copies. When railroad engineers inspected their locomotives, they made sure it was equipped with “The real McCoy”.