Well this is a pleasant surprise. I actually just wrote long essay on this very topic titled "The Locomotive as a Metaphor for Modernity." Although, I focused more on it as a vehicle for ideology, and how various early-20th century groups fought for the 'soul of modernity' through the locomotive metaphor. Included lots of photos in the piece as well.

I think you'd like it: https://novum.substack.com/p/how-locomotive-became-metaphor-modernity

Anyway, glad to have stumbled on this substack and you just earned yourself a reader!

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