Being on Time - Blame the British Railroads

Keeping accurate time is a fairly modern concept that began with the Industrial Age and more specifically for the benefit of the railroad.

Until the late 1800s, people depended on the local clock tower to keep time, but it was subject to vary from town to town. So while it was 8:15 in Pittsburgh, it might have been 8:18 in Philadelphia, and 8:12 in New York.

Not a big deal - unless you're running more than one train on a track as the Great Western Railway in England was doing back in 1840. At that time, locomotives ran "dark" or without signals. So they depended on knowing a train was on schedule.

In the U.S.A., one of the worst train accidents in U.S.  history occurred at Dutchman's Curve in Nashville, Tennessee. Two trains got off schedule and the results were catastrophic. 

So the Great Western Railway in England had a problem as they ran increasingly more trains back in late 1830s and 1940 between Cornwall and London and other cities.

So the GWR put their railway on "London Time" and became sticklers for punctuality which is why today, we are so beholden to "keeping time" and "being on time."

And just in case you're not familiar with "London Time," it is the time set at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich - now know commonly as GMT or Greenwich Mean Time.

Express Line - Crossing Coffee Table


We brought back one of our classic styles with a new twist to it. 

The Crossing Coffee Table design captures all the elements of the classic railroad crossing signage with its X-shaped design topped off with a round glass top.

It simple, and it's elegant.

It's vintage, and it's modern.

And it's 200% Made in the USA.

It's part of our new Express Line Collection designed to make a bold statement in more compact spaces like urban lofts and weekend retreats.

And it fits in perfect with that new start-up venture that wants to project a strong sense of style without having to raise a new round of investment.

Express Line - Coffee Table - the Double Track


The Double Track Coffee Table serves as a conversation piece for the lobby or the family room - wherever people gather. 

Pieces of vintage railroad steel combine with solid hardwood timber to create a classic and timeless design that goes with the interior design of any home or office. 

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The Double Track makes the conversation easy by offering:

  • Authentic Craftsman Styling
  • Reclaimed Industrial Materials
  • An Affordable Price

It's one of four new designs in the Express Line from Rail Yard Studios debuting just in time for the holidays. 

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Reclaim. Repurpose. Respect.

200% Made in the USA

Express Line - Double Track Credenza

Versatility may be the best aspect of the Double Track Credenza with its classic, simple design. But this is more than a one-trick pony. We designed the Express Line to be

  • More Affordable
  • Artisan Crafted
  • 200% Made in the USA

The Express Line Double Track Credenza 200% Made in the USA.


in time for the holidays!

Over the years, we've had clients use it so many different ways, we're not sure which we like the best:

  • Entertainment Console
  • Entryway Table
  • Sofa Table
  • Desk

It's one of the four new selections in our Express Line designed to compromise on price while remaining authentic vintage Americana.

Reclaim. Repurpose. Respect.

200% Made in the USA