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Less than ten minutes after leaving the station, the historic dueling grounds of Revolutionary times at Bladensburg, with the old Calvert Mansion in the distance, was swiftly passed, and within the next twenty-five minutes Relay, Md., was reached.

There is something about Relay that arouses interest, other than the very picturesque locality.

"Relay" was so called because it was the first station out of Baltimore where horses were changed way back in 1830, when the

Baltimore & Ohio, the first American railroad, transported its cars by horse-power before the steam locomotive came into use.

The great stone-arched railroad bridge, called the "Thomas Viaduct", over the Patapsco River, which was built in 1829, still remains the oldest and grandest monument of its kind in the world.

In just forty-five minutes the train pulled into Camden Station at Baltimore, and inside of ten minutes more had passed through the great electric tunnel to Mount Royal, the up-town station.

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A word as to the tunnel. over a mile and one-eighth in length with no ventilating shafts, except those at each end, it is the most remarkable tunnel of its kind, from the fact that it is entirely free from gases and noxious vapors. These unpleasant features are avoided by the use of electric motors, which are attached to all trains, thereby enabling the engineers on the road-locomotives to shut off steam. This tunnel has been an object of interest to all the civil engineers of foreign countries, as well as our own.

Mount Royal Station, while in the heart of the residential section of Baltimore, instead of being an eyesore to the community, which railroad stations often are, is a most beautiful building architectually; located in a sunken park or garden, thus beautifying a section of the city, which was formerly a disagreeable "hole in the ground". Municipal Art Committees of the different cities can obtain a good pointer from Mount Royal Station.

From Baltimore to the Susquehanna River is a series of small hamlets or villages, not

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thickly populated. A glimpse of the upper
arm of the Chesapeake Bay is obtained
every now and then, and when the Susque-
hanna is crossed, a grand view of the mouth
of the river and bay is obtained. From the
great bridge, which is ninety feet above the
water, magnificent views of the country are
seen in every direction.

Havre de Grace lies on the hills to the east of the railway. At one time this city aspired to become Capitol of the United States.

The first stop out of Baltimore is Wil

mington, Del., of Revolutionary fame, on Brandywine Creek not far from where the battle of Brandywine was fought in 1777. Philadelphia was reached at 5.50 p. m. at the 24th Street Station on the Schuylkill River. No more time is consumed at Philadelphia than is necessary to change engines and announce the ready dinner in the dining car.

Leaving Philadelphia, the railroad passes through almost the entire length of Fairmont Park, on elevated tracks, affording most excellent landscape views of this

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a horticultural garden and museum respectively. The Centennial, which was the biggest World's Fair up to its time, occupied 336 acres, while that of the Louisiana Purchase at Forest Park, St. Louis, covers 1,240 acres, nearly four times the


An American has great pride in his country's railroads, and whatever his business calling, is always interested in railroad affairs, whether it be engineering, transportation or traffic, and consequently he reads all the railway news in the daily papers and their advertisements as well. With that same pride of ownership, the writer walked through the "Limited" to inspect.

First impressions are lasting, and domineer final opinions; and although not of a Sherlock Holmesian type, my opinions were deduced as follows:

That it was a handsome train; that it was all it was advertised to be, and that it can


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