BBC article on the complexities of time zones

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  1. Robert Gary

    Robert Gary Director

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  2. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

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    Very interesting article
    I am surprised the BBC did not mention Railway Standard Time as invented by Great Western Railway at Paddington London
    How come nobody else has commented on this thread?
    I have only just seen it
     
  3. novicetimekeeper

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    I'm impressed that they have a photo of the Aurora Australis.
     
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  5. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

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    The UK railways needed a standard time because each town having it's own time caused no end of problems with their schedules
    The whole country is not big enough to need Time Zones
    The only noticeable effect is a difference in sunrise and sunset time between for example Lowestoft (east coast ) and Liverpool (west coast)
    I believe British Railway time led to American Railroad time and time zones
     
  6. Tim Orr

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    Good afternoon!

    I have a little presentation on "The Day of Two Noons," November 18, 1883, that I have given at a few NAWCC Regional Meetings. The research I did suggests that in 1869, Charles F. Dowd, Principal, Temple Grace Ladies’ Seminary, Saratoga Springs, NY proposed uniform time zones at the Railroad Superintendents’ Convention in New York City. Dowd's plan was largely adopted by the U.S. railroads some 14 years later.

    Best regards!

    Tim Orr
     
  7. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

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    I appologise for using Lowestoft , it is not easy to pronounce
    Great Yarmouth , just up the coast would have been a better example
     
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