Punch,  13 (1847), 224.

What's O'Clock



Reportage, Drollery


Time, Instruments, Railways, Metrology

    Reports on the 'excitement' and 'trouble' caused 'by an attempt to assimilate the time by all the clocks on all the railways'. Observes that the method is to 'send a clerk every half hour from Greenwich, to every station on every line' and 'set every clock by the time observed in that perfect paragon of punctuality'. Notes that this has caused a discrepancy between the time on Liverpool's railway and town hall clocks, and a 'derangement of the Bill system'.

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