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Showing the Time at the Principal
Cities of the United States, compared with Noon at Washington, D. C.
Courtesy of the Bruce C. Cooper Collection.
There is no "Standard Railroad Time''
in the United States or Canada ; but each railroad company adopts independently
the time of its own locality, or of that place at which its principal office
is situated. The inconvenience of such a system, if system it can be called,
must be apparent to all but is most. annoying to persons strangers to the
fact. From this cause many miscalculations and misconnections have arisen,
which not unfrequently have been of serious consequence to individuals,
and have, as a matter or course, brought into disrepute all Railroad Guides,
which of necessity give the local times. In order to relieve, in some degree,
this anomaly in American railroading, we present the following table of
local time, compared with that of Washington, D. C. :
By an easy calculation, the difference in time between the several places above named may be ascertained. Thus for instance, the difference in time between New York and Cincinnati may be ascertained by simple comparison, that of the first having the Washington noon at, 12:12 p. m,. and of the latter at 11:31 a. m ; and hence the difference is 41 minutes, or, in other words; the noon at New York will be 11:19 a. m. at Cincinnati, and the noon at Cincinnati, will be 12"41 at New York. Remember that places West are "slower" in time than those East, and vice versa.