Consequently the station at Woburn
(now known as Walnut Hill
) was for years called ‘Woburn Watering Station.’
Great sheds 40 × 100 ft.
were then located on either side the tracks and filled with cord wood sawed ‘twice in two’ by horse power machines; while in the hill above was a great cistern from which the water was supplied to the engine tank.
The original engine is said to have been given (in England
) the name of the noted English engineer Stephenson
It somehow acquired the nickname (from people along the route) of John Bull
. The second was named Patrick
in honor of the president of the road, Patrick T. Jackson
The proposition to call it Jackson
did not meet with favor from the Whig
proprietors, as ‘Old Hickory’ had a more than local reputation, so Patrick
it was, as a compromise.
It was the custom of those days and is still in some sections to name an engine, as now are the Pullman cars, warships, and merchant vessels.
In this nomenclature all sources were drawn upon.
The officers and prominent men of the corporation were remembered, and Patrick, Whistler, McNeill, Jesse Bowers, Wm. Sturgis, Daniel Abbott, Higginson
, shared honors with the Indian
. Sentiment found expression in a Factory Girl, Sailor Boy
, and Leader
. The counties of Suffolk, Essex
, all the towns along the line as well as the terminal cities were each represented.
furnished the names of Goliath
and heathen mythology was laid under tribute, furnishing Hector, Ajax, Vulcan, Mercury, Mars, Vesta, Hercules
. Count Rumford
had a namesake, also the Peruvian hero Rolla
. The bird of freedom was n't forgotten for there was an Eagle
as also a Lion, Tiger
. A whole menagerie.
Of course it will be understood that these enumerated were added as the years passed and business increased.
Some were of a type now disused, called inside connection; i. e
., the cylinders were close together under the