The characters encoutered along the rail journey are part of the artist's experience.
"…the voice of Captain Rawlings, the model conductor, sung out, sharp and clear,
The locomotive gave a yell of delight. Ding-dong! ding-dong! we are off. Oh for the pen of Saxe, that we might express the joyousness of rapid railway motion!"
Part of the article "Artists' Excursion Over The Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road."