only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to
miss the train before.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
United States as we know it today is largely the result
of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural
machinery and the railroad. One transformed millions of
acres of uncultivated land into fertile farms, while the
other furnished the transportation which carried the crops
to distant markets.
- John Moody,
The Railroad Builders, A Chronicle of the Welding of
pay of laborers ran from two dollars and twenty-five cents
to three dollars and fifty cents per day. Train men two
hundred dollars per month for conductors, one hundred and
twenty-five dollars for brakemen, two hundred dollars to
two hundred and fifty dollars for engineers, and one hundred
and fifty dollars to one hundred and seventy-five dollars
for firemen. Telegraph operators eighty dollars to a hundred
W.F. Bailey, The Story of the First Trans-continental
termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through
them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas!
- E. M. Forster
best way to see a country is from the footplate of a
- George Dow
construction of the Union Pacific Railroad was of greater
importance to the people of the United States than the inauguration
of steamship service across the Atlantic or the laying of
the Atlantic Telegraph. Yet the one has been heralded from
time to time and the other allowed to sink into temporary
- W.F. Bailey, The Story of the First Trans-continental
struggles of the men who built the first railroads were
as those of Titans, and the detail of their struggles is
even now almost lost in Titanic mists.
- Logan G. McPherson
would be difficult, indeed, to overestimate the transcendent
importance of the part the railroad has played in making
the Nation what it is to-day. Perhaps it would be within
bounds to say that without railroads to bind the States
into one homogeneous whole, the Nation never could have
attained its present size and importance.
- Charles Frederick Carter