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