walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

the first of a large number of comments on the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads

From page 5, in the essay "Development of North American Railroads" by Keith L. Bryant, Jr.:

"A through route from New York City to Philadelphia opened in 1833, with the English-built locomotive John Bull making the trip in seven hours."

It seems at least possible that someone has since bicycled that route in approximately the same amount of time in the not-quite-two-centuries since.
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