On June 23 appeared an item in the same paper that is of interest. ‘Lowell Railroad. The mail was brought from Lowell today for the first time on the railroad-time, one hour and a quarter. Tomorrow the cars commence running for the public accommodation, making two trips a day from each terminus.’ By the above extract it will be seen that freight cars were not then ready, and the stories that used to be told were to the effect that but a limited number were expected to be necessary for quite a term of years. It is with a feeling of sadness that we find recorded in the evening Transcript of June 25th, the next day after the railway's opening, the following.
Soon after the opening of the road for business a second track was begun. The method of construction for a few miles probably at the Boston end was the same as before. Then the building of the stone walls was discontinued as it was found that they were too rigid and unyielding, and later still the use of granite ties or sleepers was discarded, as these proved unsatisfactory, wearing the rails from beneath much as did the passage of the wheels above. Thus it proved that the less durable material, wood, with which the granite was gradually replaced, proved the better. This latter, however, was a process of years.