Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    SoonerFans.com Elite Member Okla-homey's Avatar
    Location
    Admit nothing, deny everything, demand proof...
    Posts
    22,983
    vCash
    500

    Good Morning...Time Zones debut

    Nov 18, 1883 : Railroads create the first time zones



    123 years ago, at exactly noon on this day, American and Canadian railroads begin using four (4) continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. The bold move was emblematic of the power shared by the railroad companies.



    The need for continental time zones stemmed directly from the problems of moving passengers and freight over the thousands of miles of rail line that covered North America by the 1880s.

    Since human beings had first begun keeping track of time, they set their clocks to the local movement of the sun. Even as late as the 1880s, most towns in the U.S. had their own local time, generally based on "high noon," or the time when the sun was at its highest point in the sky.



    As railroads began to shrink the travel time between cities from days or months to mere hours, however, these local times became a scheduling nightmare. Railroad timetables in major cities listed dozens of different arrival and departure times for the same train, each linked to a different local time zone.

    Efficient rail transportation demanded a more uniform time-keeping system. Rather than turning to the federal governments of the United States and Canada to create a North American system of time zones, the powerful railroad companies took it upon themselves to create a new time code system. The companies agreed to divide the continent into four time zones; the dividing lines adopted were very close to the ones we still use today.



    Most Americans and Canadians quickly embraced their new time zones, since railroads were often their lifeblood and main link with the rest of the world. However, it was not until 1918 that Congress officially adopted the railroad time zones and put them under the supervision of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

    "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever they can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser; in fees, expenses and waste of time." -- Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865) Lawyer and President who saved the United States.

    "Without opportunities on the part of the poor to obtain expert legal advice, it is idle to talk of equality before the law"-- Justice Chas. Evans Hughes

  2. #2
    SoonerFans.com Elite Member Jerk's Avatar
    Location
    Harrah, OK
    Posts
    8,895
    vCash
    500

    Re: Good Morning...Time Zones debut

    And I hate it. They should pick one...preferably the summer hours...and keep it.

    The "spring forward" part really sucks.

    BTW- I though that some parts of maine were in another time zone...Atlantic or something?
    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
    - Fred Bastiat

  3. #3
    SoonerFans.com Elite Member Okla-homey's Avatar
    Location
    Admit nothing, deny everything, demand proof...
    Posts
    22,983
    vCash
    500

    Re: Good Morning...Time Zones debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk
    And I hate it. They should pick one...preferably the summer hours...and keep it.

    The "spring forward" part really sucks.

    BTW- I though that some parts of maine were in another time zone...Atlantic or something?
    Wake-up man! How are you gonna kill bambi this morning if your reading comprehension skillz are so rusty this a.m.? This thread is not about daylight savings time!

    Re: the "Maritime Provinces" in Canada (not Maine.) Provinces like Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, etc. are on some weird "extra-east" time zone I think. But not Maine. Maine is a state. Canada is too, but we try to keep that a secret because it p1sses 'em off up there.
    "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever they can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser; in fees, expenses and waste of time." -- Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865) Lawyer and President who saved the United States.

    "Without opportunities on the part of the poor to obtain expert legal advice, it is idle to talk of equality before the law"-- Justice Chas. Evans Hughes

  4. #4
    SoonerFans.com Elite Member slickdawg's Avatar
    Location
    667 Neighbor of the Beast
    Posts
    6,142
    vCash
    500

    Re: Good Morning...Time Zones debut

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk
    And I hate it. They should pick one...preferably the summer hours...and keep it.
    The "spring forward" part really sucks.

    BTW- I though that some parts of maine were in another time zone...Atlantic or something?

    WORD BROTHER!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •