To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Central Station Clock Tower (c1921), Sydney Trains and Art of Multimedia are proud to present Running on Time on SBS. This documentary film explores the evolution of railway time since the eighteenth century, and the physical manifestation of a standard timekeeping system, essential to maintaining our rail network.
While timekeeping spread haphazardly across the early colony, it was the establishment of the passenger rail network in the mid-1850s that bought standardised time to NSW, also known as ‘Railway Time’. Running on Time traces the evolution of railway time through early mechanical timekeeping to present modern satellite systems. We meet the railway staff who maintain various clocks, watches and devices that connect our rail system, and explore technological changes that are integral in delivering today’s passenger rail services.
This film was a winner of the National Trust Heritage Awards 2017 in the category of Tours and Multimedia. The entire project consisted of:
Sydney Trains is actively engaged in the celebration of our rail heritage, particularly around the preservation of clocks and time artifacts. Stay on the lookout for rare open days and tours of the Central Clock Tower and historic rooftops.