“The Indian Pacific train has its own time zone – a so-called "train time" when travelling between Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and Port Augusta, South Australia”

“A compromise between Western and Central time (UTC+08:45, without DST), unofficially known as Central Western Standard Time, is used in one area in the southeastern corner of Western Australia and one roadhouse in South Australia. Towns east of Caiguna on the Eyre Highway (including Eucla, Madura, Mundrabilla and Border Village, just over the border into South Australia), follow "CWST" instead of Western Australian time. The total population of that area is estimated at 200 people.”

@kensanata Wasn't it train systems that wanted standardized time zones in the first place, to make their schedules more comprehensible? There's just always an edge case.

@clew I have no idea? Is that true? I would have thought it was airlines, but I know nothing about timezone history. But I guess you're right: apparently the idea that it's "the same time" in a region was introduced because of the railway. Before that, every single point just said it was noon when the sun was at the zenith, haha.

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