Popcorn Johnny: This has to be bullshiat. For example, NY to Detroit is a 600 mile trip and they're saying it took 4 weeks to make it. If I walked at 3mph for 10 hours a day, I could make the trip in 20 days.
SanjiSasuke: Looks exactly like Gundam, actually.
Dwight_Yeast: What depresses me is that it takes longer to get to the West Coast by train today than it did in 1940.Amtrak needs to be set free of politicians who demand that every train stop at every piss-ant town.
Dwight_Yeast: In London in the late 19th century, there were up to FIVE mail deliveries a day, depending on where you lived. I you wanted to invite someone to dinner, you could send a letter in the morning and have their response in the afternoon post.
Popcorn Johnny: brantgoose: If you think travelling is slower than in the 1940s, try mailing a letter! It takes three days more now than in the 1800s.So it took weeks to travel hundreds of miles by train but the mail made it in days?
brantgoose: If you think travelling is slower than in the 1940s, try mailing a letter! It takes three days more now than in the 1800s.
brantgoose: If you think travelling is slower than in the 1940s, try mailing a letter! It takes three days more now than in the 1800s.Mind you, this is how it worked in the 1800s. Local post-master hangs out bag of mail on a hook by the railroad line. Train picks up bag--without stopping. Mail-sorting car in train allows letters to be sorted en route. Sorted mail is put into bag and dropped on another hook--without the train having to stop. If the train does have to stop, no hook. The mail is the first thing off the train and possibly the first thing on the train.Nowadays, despite massive sorting centres, the mail moves slowly because it has to pass through more hands. To get from you to the house next door it may have to go to the local post office. But if the local post office doesn't do local sorting, it would go to the town or county sorting centre and then back again.This hierarchical system may save money and union labour but it doesn't save time. In the old system, if the postman got a letter for the house next door he might deliver it--provided it was stamped. He might even have a little cancelling stamp in his pocket. Not today. Efficiency is the law. It just doesn't work, is all.Mind you, most mail does get delivered and within the standards applied. Sometimes the mail can make it half way across the country in under four days. This is a miracle of mass organzation because the volume of mail continues to grow inexorably, but it is true that many things take more time today than in 1900 or 1870. This is because time is money. You have less of it and rich people have more of it.
Lunchlady: Outside of the northeast the freight companies own the lines. They can do what they want.
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: That all depends.How much buffalo meat is the wagon hauling?
Somaticasual: With dysentary, broken wagon wheels, terrible hunting skills, and constant food shortages, it's a wonder anyone survived Oregon Trail in the mid-90s..
Skyfrog: [www.gunandgame.com image 400x400]
Thisbymaster: It would all depend on your rations and set speed, plus if you ford the river or float it. Or just pay the dam Indian.
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