For enthusiasts and researchers of the Great Eastern Railway

RH076: Railway Time 1845 and Daylight Saving Time 1916.

NEW JUNE 2020. The country did not have a uniform national time before the coming of the railways. When the London and Birmingham Railway operated its up trains by London time and its down trains by Liverpool time, imagine the confusion of the unfortunate would-be passengers at Birmingham! The first part of this file consists of an article from the August 1845 issue of The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal, Scientific and Railway Gazette which discusses this problem. One solution put forward was for station clocks to have two minute hands - one showing railway time, and the other indicating local time. You will learn how the railways finally made a uniform time zone possible.

In the summer of 1916 the First World War persuaded the government to introduce Daylight Saving Time at home. The second part of the file has extracts from that year's Railway and Travel Monthly showing how the railways (and George Sekon) responded to that. It also records the bringing of Ireland finally into the same time zone as mainland Britain.

The file is word-searchable and has bookmarks to the main sections. It will be available to download as soon as payment has been made. You go to your account and click on ‘Downloads’. New customers create an account as they place their order.

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