On this day in 1842, Queen Victoria experienced her first ride in a train, so it seems a good time to note where Frances Rolleston found the railroad in the Bible.
Frances Rolleston loved searching out meanings of Hebrew words, especially "novel explanations" in prophetic things. The new railway was one of these:
"At the moment of the opening of the railway . . . I consulted the Jew then teaching me whether the word carcaroth translated swift beasts was not swift carriages. I did not then know that the Vulgate and Septuagint both favor that explanation. The word occurring nowhere else has received from scholars the most whimsical interpretations. I said, the Holy Spirit had dictated a new word to express a new thing. The reduplication of the root car expressing intensified rolling round and round, as the wheel of railway cars."
To the recipient of this letter, Frances added,
"I apologize for bringing forth so many novel explanations. I cannot expect any student of prophecy to admit all of these, for no two agree on all points, but if you agree on any, it will be a great satisfaction to me."