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    Re: Railroad Time
    From: Mike Mayer
    Date: 2014 Mar 2, 07:30 -0600

    Here’s an article about time synchronization via telegraph:





    Mike Mayer



    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Brad Morris
    Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:21 PM
    To: mwmayer@tds.net
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Railroad Time


    Hi Don

    I realize it was a long time ago, and you were a young boy by your own admission, but I hope we can squeeze a few more details out of you!  Its okay if you don't remember or you weren't privy to the info.

    You mentioned an Inspector who traveled around with a master clock.  Did you ever see that master clock?  Did they transfer that time to a station master clock?  And then from the station to the conductors?

    When you said "he could compare" his watch to the master clock, I assume you meant your dad.  Could you explain a bit more how he did that comparison?


    On Mar 1, 2014 10:52 PM, "Don E. Bray" <debray1---.com> wrote:

    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.

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