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Once the railway companies owned their own steamers, then the races could begin in earnest.
Time was of the essence, and the sooner the train could arrive at the railhead and passengers be rushed onto the waiting steamer, then the race could continue on the water.
One can imagine the captains yelling instructions to their engineers to give them more speed, and the heat generated down below as the stokers were busily shovelling coal into the furnaces.
Passengers would be moved around the decks if the master thought it would improve the trim of the vessel.
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