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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
y thirties the work on the railway progressed, the canal company, to quote Mr. Dame, assisting in the preparation for its own obsequies, not only in the delivery of the stone ties on which the rails were laid, but in the transportation to Lowell of the two locomotives (Hercules and Stevenson), purchased in England. There they were set up; and as thirty-three years before, the waters of the Concord flowed southward toward Boston, so did the first steam train take the same direction on June 24, 1835. In '38 the dividends of the canal dropped to $20 per share, but still hopeful, the managers kept the canal in order, and in '41 built, at a cost of $5,000, what remains today a monument in granite, the aqueduct at Shawsheen river. While we may wonder at such outlay under existing conditions, we can but admire the courage and faith in the enterprise the corporation had. It seems that soon after Mr. Eddy took charge that he scented the coming danger, and in an early report said: Rail
Simond's Hill on High street, and in 1829 the most convenient situation for the West End schoolhouse was a little way up Woburn street. For fifty years the canal had its Landing No. 4, with its freight yard, lock and tavern, and some two miles of its channel in the West End. The railroad that had succeeded it in popular favor also had stopping places at Symmes' Bridge, Medford Gates, Medford Steps and Willow Bridge, all in the western part of Medford. The Lowell Railroad was opened on June 24, 1835, and is said to have been the first to carry passengers into Boston. In your schoolboy's time, it was still in its infancy, i.e., it wasn't twenty-one years old. It followed closely the route of the canal, crossing it in West Medford between the Steps and the river and, carefully avoiding the centres of population, made its way between two villages for its entire length. As the mountain wouldn't come to Mahomet, Mahomet had to come to the mountain; so in proximity to the various stop
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., A pioneer railroad and how it was built. (search)
ffing locomotives of colossal size, would note a marked contrast could they see the first steam train which rolled into the little station on Lowell street on June 24, 1835. During the June session of 1827 (for the Legislature then met semi-annually) Gov. Levi Lincoln in his message urged that special attention be given to the ew generation of people to serve and be served, and the first steam train of passenger cars set out and passed over the railroad from Lowell to Boston on Wednesday, June 24, 1835. This direction may seem singular but the writer has the statement from an eye-witness. The engine was built in England and was there purchased. Thecontaining an account of the same. What would those Lowell railroaders say to the modern opening? This is what, and all, the Boston Advertiser and Patriot of June 24, 1835, said of that one. It will be perceived by the advertisement of the company, that the cars are to commence their regular trips on this route for the accomm
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
rd capitalists had not foreseen. A lot of Walnut-tree hill, and rocks from Winter Hill had been carted onto the end of the bordering marsh making an embankment twenty feet high across it, and bridges built over the canal and river. The canal boats had been bringing granite blocks down from Chelmsford, and The strange spectacle was thus presented, perhaps for the first time, of a corporation assisting in the preparation for its own obsequies. (Quoted from Lorin L. Dame.) One day (June 24, 1835) a curious array of uncouth vehicles came trundling on the iron rails laid on those granite blocks all the way from Lowell to Boston. With much exercise of patience, men unused to such work had assembled at Lowell the various parts of that nondescript freight, and a new era of transit and mode of travel was inaugurated. We use these words in order advisedly, as it is recorded that on the previous day, the mail was carried in this new way. Well, Uncle Sam's mail is supposed to have the
, but as a rugged human, flying with outstretched right hand reaching over and beyond and pointing the way ahead. The bordering legend is One Hundred Years—Safety, Strength, Speed. The reverse border is Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, 1827-1927, and in marked contrast shows Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb, the first steam locomotive built in America. The Tom Thumb presents no greater contrast than did the first used on the Boston and Lowell, which made its initial journey to Boston on June 24, 1835. Our frontispiece presents the models of the engine imported from England, a passenger car, a burthen car, construction and hand-car, also a snow-plow. Waterman Brown of Woburn, an earlier employee on the road, made this most instructive exhibit, which is now in possession of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. Mr. Brown lost an arm by accident on the road at West Medford, and was ever after kept in the company's service. He was fireman on one of the early locomotives, wh