The Boston & Lowell was also an infant.
Chartered in 1829, and six years in building, it had been ten years in operation when the Medford Branch was projected.
By the latter's construction Medford had easy access to Boston, with its own terminal at Medford square, then called the market-place.
It would have been better if that committee had looked more clearly after the interests of the town than it did, and not have permitted a grade crossing of old Ship street.
Of the Branch, Brooks' History says, It was readily finished and proves to be a productive and convenient road—and it was, in its infantile days.
At the present time it is a problem to the managers, and a small factor in passenger transit.
Of its early days the Register has secured items of interest, mostly from townsman Francis A. Wait, from whom we quote:—
About 1845 a large, fine dwelling house, owned by the heirs of Ebenezer Hall, stood where the B. & M. R. R. Depot on Main street, Medford, stands tod