John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad
Time keeping is something that has been done throughout the centuries. It was done using a sundial held towards the sun. However, without the modern communications, time would be different in every location. It would be 3:00pm in Buffalo, New York and 4:30pm in Jacksonville, Florida, but it is the exact same time. In the 1700’s, this was not a problem, but in the 2010’s, this would be a very big problem. Imagine seeing the Seattle Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle at 4:00pm. It starts at 4:00pm in Seattle, but in Portland, Oregon, it is 4:00pm, and it is halftime in Seattle. Yes, this is big a problem. With the railroad coming on the scene, this was also a problem as different towns kept different times.
In 1883, the railroads in the United States and Canada began what was known as ‘Railroad Standard Time’ which split the nations…
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