Kandahar City of Afghanistan for 916 Westinghouse, George By the time of his death in 1914, Westinghouse had patented more than 400 inventions. Westinghouse’s inventions helped fuel the larger process of industrial growth and economic development in the Gilded Age. His air brakes facilitated the era’s transportation boom, which linked markets and aided the flow of goods and people across the country. His electrical innovations made cheap electricity widely available and applicable as a source of power, revolutionizing leisure, work and production. BIBLIOGRAPHY. Sean Dennis Cashman, America in the Gilded Age (New York University Press, 1984); C.J. Kandahar City of Afghanistan 2016.