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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.

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