What do railroads and standard times zones have to do with one another? Everything.
On November 18, 1883, the standard time zones followed today in the U.S. went into effect through the efforts of railroad officials attempting to standardize schedules. The most recent issue of the ABA Journal chronicles this unique history - culminating in 1918 when Congress enacted official national time zones with the Standard Time Act.
At 7:20 a.m. on Aug. 12, 1853, a Providence & Worcester Railroad train left its Rhode Island station, bound—as its name suggested—for Worcester, Massachusetts. At around the same time, a regularly scheduled P&W excursion train from the town of Uxbridge, near Worcester, was rattling toward Provid...