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By a casual but fortunate meeting with a grandson of one of the men who there assembled the various parts and got that engine in working order, the writer is also in possession of an interesting pamphlet in relation to the same that gives an authentic account of the difficulties experienced. No plans or working drawings came with the engine, and nothing to indicate their proper location, except some figures in red paint. None of the workmen had ever seen anything of the kind in operation, or otherwise; and learning that somewhere on a short completed section of the Worcester railroad there was one in working order, they went to see the novelty. Arriving there, they found it jealously guarded and any nearer approach thereto forbidden. Nothing daunted however they returned to Lowell and set about their task anew. Frequently they found that parts which fitted together apparently, required to be taken apart that some other might be properly adjusted; but they at last succeeded, and the engine was ready for duty.

It was the writer's opportunity to ride over the Elevated structure in Boston on the day of its opening, to be one of the crowd that taxed its capacity to full extent and to preserve one of the Boston dailies containing 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 accommodation of passengers to day’—

The advertisement dated June 27, was not printed till June 29, and was as follows.

Boston and Lowell rail road.

The cars will continue to run till further notice, as at present, viz.

Leave Lowell at 6 A. M. and at 2 1/2 P. M.

Leave Boston at 9 A. M. and at 5 1/2 P. M.

No Baggage can be taken except what belongs to passengers. Allowance to each 40 lbs.

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