favorable circumstances, steam does ‘drag the slow barge,’ and the great ocean greyhounds seem not to have reached their utmost limit, either in size or fleetness.
But how about the driving of the rapid car?
Did I hear some one whisper, ‘Automobiles now?’
belong to the Twentieth Century, though I do remember seeing a steam buggy moving along the street in 1868.
A few years ago ‘horseless carriages’ were spoken of, but now the new word is written short, Auto
. The ‘rapid car’ alluded to above is a Nineteeth Century product, antedating what we once knew as ‘horse-cars,’ though the first cars that became rapid were drawn by horses.
Those cars were carts
. The T was taken from the cars and eventually applied to the rails of the track the cars (or carts) moved upon, and because of its shape we speak of a T rail.
As wagons or carts are drawn along on the roads, so cars
are more rapidly moved on roads fitted with continuous lines of parallel rails, and such a road is called a rail-road.
Prior to 1827 there was no railroad in Massachusetts
, the first being then built from Quincy
to tide water for the purpose of conveying the granite blocks of which Bunker Hill Monument is built.
Nearly seventy-three years have elapsed since the snort and neigh of the iron horse was first heard across the quiet valley of the Mystic
, and a new mode of travel came into use.
The people who today hail the modern trolley car at the street corner, almost at their very doors, join in the grand scramble and push at Sullivan Square, and then good naturedly hang by a strap while squeezed into the Elevated cars for the rest of the journey to the Hub, have little idea of the Medford
to Boston railroad or journey in the early '30s.
And they who ride by the Southern Division
or Medford Branch
trains and alight in the great dingy train-house of the North Station
, with its clouds of smoke and steam and puffing locomotives of colossal size, would