[TUHS] OT: trains [Was: Date madness]

Ian Zimmerman itz at very.loosely.org
Tue Dec 19 02:45:26 AEST 2017


On 2017-12-18 08:03, Norman Wilson wrote:

> Suppose I'm planning to board a train at 0300 on the morning
> Daylight Time ends.
> 
> Now suppose the train actually departs an hour early, at 0200,
> because it originated before the time change and some nerd who
> never rides trains declared that it shall not wait the extra
> hour until scheduled departure time.
> 
> Nerds may be happy, but the paying passengers won't be.

Yes, this was the problem I was asking about.  Plus the even more vexing
problem of time discontinuity when the train is already en route.

I can still remember the days of thick bound paper schedules in Europe,
and I think for overnight routes there usually was a tiny footnote
about the 2 critical days.  New book schedules were issued each year so
the footnotes could be specific about the dates.  What I don't know is
how this transitioned into the digital age.

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