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Double-checking railway time

View to St Pancras Clock tower, London, January 2020

If we go back to the days before railways, the time of day differed around Britain based on the geographic position in which you found yourself. For example, there was a 12 minute difference between Bristol and London. This made train timetables even harder to ely on than they are now. To overcome this, the railways introduced a standard time, known as “railway time”, in the 1840s. Sometimes clocks actually had two minute hands, one to show local time and on railway time.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 April 2019

Posted as part of Weekend Reflection

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    • I did wonder if I could find one somewhere. I had been planning to be in Bristol this summer for the street art festival but I think that will have to wait til 2021.

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