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
), 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: ‘Railroads, the rivals of canals, are yet in a state of infancy.
In the minds of many the infant will expand to a giant form and swallow canals and turnpikes.’
This was prophetic, but he seems to have recovered somewhat, by his report of the next year, possibly, by the necessity of repairs and the increase of business.
At this time much money was expended within the bounds of Medford
The tavern at Landing No. 4
was enlarged to double its original size, a new lock was built, and the aqueduct across the river into what was then Charlestown
, but now Somerville
, was, with the exception of the abutments of boulders, entirely renewed.
In other places such renewal suspended business for some weeks.
's executive ability is seen in the fact that he had the material all upon the site before the season closed, the granite being boated from Tyngsborough
, and the framing done at Billerica
in 1827. Eight days sufficed to remove the timbers of the lock and aqueduct with the piling that supported the latter.