Train Travel

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Train travel was once the fastest way to get from one place to another, bringing far-flung destinations within easy reach. This mini-anthology's literary selections convey the excitement and marvel of rail travel at its peak in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also examines rail travel's place in history and culture, providing information about the United States' First Transcontinental Railroad and British railways.


I like to see it lap the miles Emily Dickinson
From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adlestrop by Edward Thomas
What the Engines Said by Francis Bret Harte

from The Engine Burglar by E. Nesbit

The Transcontinental Railroad
American and British Rail Travel Terms

Making Luggage Tags
Learning Railroad Songs

Further Reading
Guide to Illustrations