Daylight Savings Stories 

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Daylight savings will come to an end early Sunday morning, as we all get an extra hour of sleep. Nice as this seems, it generally works out to be a lousy deal.

At the very least, however, there are many amusing stories surrounding Daylight savings time. Perhaps the best is this one about Amtrak:

To keep to their published timetables, trains cannot leave a station before the scheduled time. So, when the clocks fall back one hour in October, all Amtrak trains in the U.S. that are running on time stop at 2:00 a.m. and wait one hour before resuming. Overnight passengers are often surprised to find their train at a dead stop and their travel time an hour longer than expected. At the spring Daylight Saving Time change, trains instantaneously become an hour behind schedule at 2:00 a.m., but they just keep going and do their best to make up the time.

That seems a perfect example of bureaucracy in action.


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