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[p. 39] were put in service, named Medford, Mystic and Cradock, the latter larger than the others. They were outside connection and ‘double enders,’ having head-light and ‘cowcatcher’ at the end of the tank, this low enough to allow the driver view of the track as the backward run was made. These did away with the turn-table at the engine house. The turning around of the engine was always of interest to the boys of Medford, as elsewhere.

The names and ornamental brass have gone, but the ‘double-enders’ are still in commission on the Branch. Another thing gone is the bell on the roof. It became cracked and went to the railroad ‘graveyard.’ Its ringing was a public convenience missed by many. The station master would deal out his tickets and make change with one hand and pull the bell-rope with the other, and experienced patrons and listeners knew by the sound of the bell how brisk the last minute's patronage was. A time card, probably the earliest issued, October 4, 1847, announces trains

From Medford, 7, 8 1/4 A. M., 1 1/2, 3 1/2 & 5 P. M.

From Boston, 7 1/2 A. M., 2 M., 2 1/4, 4 1/2 & 6 P. M.

Saturday evening. From Medford, 6 1/2 P. M.

From Boston, 9 P. M.

Fare 12 cts.

There was a time when it seemed probable that the Medford station would become a way-station by the building of an extension to Stoneham (see Register, Vol. XVI p. 90), but the project failed to materialize and a terminal it has remained. It has been remodelled at times, the entrance moved nearer the square, a somewhat pretentious waiting-room made in it, now somewhat dimmed in its lustre but more than equal to the demand at the present writing. The Medford Branch carries people safely, brings freight into the city, carries away a little, but its palmy days have passed, unless, indeed, by its electrification or rearrangement in some way it may better serve the people of Medford in their daily travel.

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