Prior to the arrival of the railroad system, the maintaining of time was a lower than inflexible endeavor. Clocks throughout areas (and even cities) would typically differ considerably from one another with only a few individuals involved about the entire affair of imprecise time maintaining. Very few individuals, that’s, in addition to the lads tasked with maintaining the railroad working easily. When you’re accountable for making certain two hundred-thousand pound locomotives don’t occupy the identical area on the identical time, these slipped minutes develop into a matter of grave significance.
The railroad-driven standardization of time maintaining started in Britain in 1847 when all railroad clocks have been synched to Greenwich Mean Time. By 1855 nearly all of public clocks, no matter their affiliation with the railroad, have been additionally in sync. Standardization within the the United States took fairly a bit longer as every main railroad firm had their very own requirements. It wasn’t till 1883 that the heads of all the most important railroad corporations bought collectively and agreed to make use of one commonplace to extend security and effectivity. In 1918 the standardization of time was written into legislation within the U.S. with the passage of the 1918 Standard Time Act.