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WHEN THE LOCOMOTIVE FIRST CAME AMONG THEM.
(From the Binghamton Democrat, November 17, 1848.)

Great numbers of our citizens have been attracted to the railroad to see the first locomotive on the track. Some who have often seen this spirited animal before, and been conveyed by its wonderful speed, are delighted to witness his antic gambols among the hills of Broome. Others who have never ventured beyond the limits of the "sequestered counties" are amazed at the gigantic power of the steam horse, while he snorts and snuffs the fresh breeze of our valleys, and vanishes away to the morning fogs of the Susquehanna. The boys throng the track to see which way the bullgine is coming. All are exceedingly gratified to realize the beginning of the long-waited-for completion of the New York and Erie Railroad.

This locomotive was the "Orange," and it was taken on that section of the railroad to aid in and hasten the construction eastward. ("The Turning of Its Wheels," pages 391-393.)


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