Along the track.
By the courtesy of Mr. Hodgdon
we are furnished the following items from the sixth
annual report of the Boston and Lowell Railroad:
‘Eight levels, length 18,443 feet; 18 inclines from 2.6 to 30.46 feet per mile.
Length in all, 136,019 feet, of which 18 3/8 miles are in a straight line.
Total length of road, 25 3/4 miles, 59 7/10.
feet. One curve in Medford
is 2,800 feet radius, all others are greater.’
The rolling stock consisted of ‘6 engines, 29 passenger cars, 3 baggage and 99 merchandise cars, costing $12,037.02.’
Two of these engines were imported from England
, the others probably built in the company's shops at Lowell
This report was issued two and a half years after the [p. 96]
opening of the road.
Less than half of its second track was then laid, as the outlay to date exceeded the capital stock of $1,500,000 by $8,400. Enough rails of the ‘fish-belly type’ had been purchased in England
to lay both, but sold without loss for lack of capital to finish the work.
Note illustration, and contrast the first (English
) engine and cars with those now used, and their four round trips with the present daily traffic through Medford