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Childhood Memories Held In Station Clocks

By Lela Perkins

Not so very many years ago, people used public transport more than they do now. The railroads really did shrink countries. These trains used to run against timetables, and many argue that these railroads unified the country’s time keeping. As passengers waited on platforms they could see how much longer they would be waiting thanks to station clocks.

So that these chronometers could be read from as many positions as possible, their locations had to be well planned. To further assist many had more than one face, and were not flat mounted against a wall. The dial background was a very pale colour, which meant that black hands and numerals stood out well in contrast, so helping passengers read the time.

Every railroad company strove to maintain the reliability and accuracy of their timepieces. Even the public preferred the railroad time keeping to that of their own fob watches. In certain locations, usually major hubs, railroad companies even employed a person just to look after all of these time keeping devices.

People would also use them as landmarks, for instance if they were meeting someone at a strange place. Everyone could guarantee that these timepieces could be found at railroad depots, and that they could be easily seen from a distance. Think of the old-time black and white movies, and how noticeable any railroad time piece appears as the main characters arranged to meet beneath it.

For major network hubs, these chronometers were not just confined to the platforms and concourses. Quite often a clock-tower would also be built. The clock-faces would be visible across town, some were even illuminated at night. All too soon people’s lives were subject to the progress of time.

Despite there being so much technology these days people will still use these items as a meeting place, or as a way point when giving directions. Many people find these familiar landmarks very comforting. They are something that individuals have grown up alongside, and would be missed were they no longer there.

As people get on with their lives, they often move away from the area where they grew up. Many will take photographs of familiar places before they leave, after all these locations probably played a big part in their lives. Besides photographs to reminisce over, more and more people are buying reproduction vintage railroad timepieces. Initially the selection was very small, but more designs are becoming available.

Thought and attention have gone into the designs of these pieces. They can be used inside or outdoors. Normally they maintain their accuracy via a battery powered quartz movement. With their elegant designs they do add a certain panache to any area.

The main area of usage seems to be in people’s gardens. Thanks to the materials used in their construction they do not rust or fade, as they mark time in all weathers. You can rest assured that in a couple of years this timepiece will still be looking as good, and keeping good time.

Many designs are dual faced, so legibility is much easier from around your garden. It is also of a suitable size that it can be easily read from a distance. Many a garden has been enhanced by the strategic placement of one of these station clocks. Also the individual has that little piece of their childhood memories with them in their new location.

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Perkins, Lela "Childhood Memories Held In Station Clocks." Childhood Memories Held In Station Clocks. 17 Apr. 2014. 2 Aug 2014 <>.

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Perkins, L (2014, April 17). Childhood Memories Held In Station Clocks. Retrieved August 2, 2014, from

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Perkins, Lela "Childhood Memories Held In Station Clocks"

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