Some extraordinary engine running was performed on the railroads in Massachusetts in collecting the election returns. The locomotive on the Connecticut River Railroad, under the personal direction of John B. Wy-man, the superintendent of the road, ran from the Vermont line to Springfield—fifty miles— making six stops on the vray, in fifty-three minutes ! This is an average speed of more than a mile a minute, running time. The locomotive on the Western road ran from Pitts-field to Springfield—fifty-four miles—in an hour and ten minutes, including one stop for wood and water. This is very fast running considering the numerous curves of the route.
This article was originally published with the title "Great Speed" in Scientific American 8, 10, 73 (November 1852)