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The Boston Lowell Railroad Line


The Boston-Lowell Railroad Line began operating in 1835 and was one of the earliest railroads in North America and the first in Massachusetts. It displaced another profound engineering innovation of the region, the Middlesex Canal, and contributed to Lowell’s status as one of the great industrial and technological dynamos of the Northeast. Then as now, both communities, Boston and Lowell, stand to benefit through connection and partnership.

View of fairground, with horses racing, tents, and crowds, with "Lowell Courier" making the Lowell-Boston run, 1872. Detail from “Ninth annual New England Fair, at Lowell, Mass., Sept. 3, 4, 5 & 6 1872” by / D. Drummond ; Chas. H. Crosby & Co. lith., Boston. Dominick I. Drummond, artist, circa 1830-1899. Image courtesy Library of Congress.