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Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Locomotives in Lowell

 
 
Locomotives in Lowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
1. Locomotives in Lowell Marker
Inscription.

[The fireman] put his left foot on the lever that swings open the firebox door, to look at the searing inferno within as he...hurled shovelful after shovelful of coal...
R.M. Neal, 1950
High Green and the Bark Peelers

Lowell was a laboratory for technical innovation for the textile industry, water power, and railroads in the nineteenth century. As early as 1832, the Locks and Canal machine shop imported a British locomotive from its inventor, Robert Stephenson, in order to develop an American engine.

In the late 1830s, Engineer George W. Whistler oversaw the construction of the first Lowell made locomotives copied from the British engine. By 1845, seventy-five were running on new railroads throughout New England. By the 1860s, Lowell no longer made locomotives.

Locomotive No. 410
This steam locomotive was built in 1911, by Manchester Locomotive Works. It powered trains on the Boston & Maine Railroad, which had merged with the original Boston & Lowell Railroad in 1887, to create a regional rail network.

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society and Lowell National Historical Park restored Locomotive No. 410. The two organizations have also cooperated to restore the adjoining railcar and develop a railroad history exhibit in the railcar.

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Locomotives in Lowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2018
2. Locomotives in Lowell Marker
to right, read]
Locomotive "Medford" at Merrimack Street Depot, ca. 1880

Boston and Maine locomotive No. 1037 and workers, ca. 1920
 
Location. 42° 38.716′ N, 71° 18.778′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Dutton Street north of Market Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lowell MA 01852, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W.A. Mack Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Victorian Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Worker (within shouting distance of this marker); Lowell Gas Light Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lowell Institution for Savings Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrimack St. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Street of Lightning (within shouting distance of this marker); Wentworth Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Whistler ASCE Bio. (Submitted on May 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Manchester Locomotive Works thrives for decades (Union Leader, 2014). (Submitted on May 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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