How Clock Time Replaced Narrative Time

A central idea in Tempo is that of “narrative time,” which used to be the default approach to time till the mid 19th century. In my research for the book, I read up on how railroads (American railroads in particular) helped drive us to a universal clock time standard. So it was particularly nice to find this exhibit on time and the railroads at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa (just over the state line from Omaha, Nebraska, well worth a visit. It’s free and in some ways way more interesting than the more popular Durham museum in Omaha). I am now in North Platte, Nebraska, four hours west of Omaha, for another visit to Bailey Yard. I was here last year and blogged about it, but I have slightly more ambitious photography plans this year.

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