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    Re: Railroad Time
    From: Don E. Bray
    Date: 2014 Mar 02, 03:47 +0000
    I can shed some light on this since my father was a railroad engineer (driver, to the UK folks).  
    When I was a small boy in East Texas in the early 40's, I remember going down to the jewelry store in our town when he was home and comparing his pocket watch  to the large standard pendulum clock on the wall. The link to standard time was the inspector who traveled up and down the railroad with his standard watch. The railroads had extensive private telephone/telegraph networks and I expect that he could periodically compare his watch with the standard railroad clock. My father got his first wrist watch in the '50's, I think.

    On time performance was important to all railroad personnel.

    Thanks for prompting this flash beck.

    Don Bray
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    On Mar 01, 2014, at 09:01 PM, Norm Goldblatt <ngold---.net> wrote:


    How interesting. Of course, this begs the question, but what about Church Bells? Big Ben? Maybe it was more important to be locally in sync with your townspeople than to be absolutely correct.

    Norm
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