From the 1850s onward, photography and the railroad embarked on a unique, mutually beneficial journey together. Both offered new visual experiences to people who had never before traveled great distances. Many would-be passengers were frightened by the "iron horse," which raced across the landscape at three times the speed of customary horse-drawn carriages. Photographs were used to allay fears and misconceptions about the locomotive and to enlighten a population of potential travelers.
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