I read this short story years ago but can't think of how to find it. The entire summary also reveals plot surprises. Sorry, but the only way I know to describe the story.
- In the 1970s the protagonist enters his time machine to live in the 1880s. Before he starts a dozen pairs of hands remove him from the machine. Because...
- In the 1970s the original protagonist successfully went to the 1880s. He was happy, lived and died.
- In the 1970s the original protagonist successfully went to the 1880s. He met himself there, complete with duplicate time machine. They passed themselves off as twins, lived happy and died.
- In the 1970s ... etc.
- After a while there were many, many copies of the same person all parked in the same place and time, with more arriving every few minutes. They decide that they all have to go forward and stop the next "person" from leaving.
Can anyone remember the title and author for this story?