Ralph Waldo Emerson  
  "The sound is civilization"  



The sheer size of a locomotive is overwhelming.

"I hear the whistle of the locomotive in the woods. Wherever that music comes it has its sequel. It is the voice of the civility of the Nineteenth Century saying, 'Here I am.' I is interrogative: it is prophetic: and this Cassandra is believed: 'Whew!Whew!Whew! How is real estate here in the swamp and wilderness? Ho for Boston! Whew! Whew! . . .
I will plant a dozen houses on this pasture next moon, and a village anon; . . . .*