Mr. Grumper grumbles about bad time-keeping trains like everybody else. On one particular morning he was justified, though. The train left on time for the one hour journey and it arrived 5 minutes late. However, Mr. Grumper's watch showed it to be 3 minutes early, so he adjusted his watch by putting it forward 3 minutes. His watch kept time during the day, and on the return journey in the evening the train started on time, according to his watch, and arrived on time, according to the station clock. If the train traveled 25 percent faster on the return journey than it did on the morning journey, was the station clock fast or slow, and by how much
Did you know? The first version of the electric toy train was manufactured in the year 1899 or 1900 and was then run on batteries as electricity was a luxury not seen in many homes. The first American to built an electric toy train was Joshua Lionel Cowen. It was built in the year 1901 and was meant to serve an advertising purpose. These trains made wonderful window displays that helped promote the products at the various stores. From this humble beginning the electric toy train has found an important place in our homes in fact, our lives.