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Railway Trains in Space more
Ten passenger trains, each with five carriages pulled by a steam locomotive, are heading for the sun, the moon, the nearest star, and for each of the other planets in this steam-punk Vctorian illustration!
THE SPACE NO MAN CAN MEASURE: FLYING FOR FORTY MILLION YEARS TO THE NEAREST STAR
This picture helps us to realise what our minds can hardly understand— the wonderful size of the universe, and the immeasurable distance in space. These trains represent the fastest means of travel tht men have yet been able to invent, the express train travelling a mile a minute, fast enough to go around the world, if there were a railway and nothing to stop it, in less than twenty days. Yet such trains as these, which dash past us almost before we can see them, would take 177 years to travel from the earth to the sun, if there were a railway on which they could travel a mile a minute and never stop; and a train starting from the earth for the nearest star would not arrive for forty million years! Our artist has drawn an imaginary railway line leaving the earth for the planets, and the figures on the trains give the time it would take the trains, travelling all the time at sixty miles an hour, to reach the planets.