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Boston and Lowell Railroad Corporation



  • Existence: 1830 - 1973


The Boston and Lowell was one of the first railroad systems in the United States, chartered by Massachusetts on June 5, 1830. Service began on May 27, 1835 with further expansion and branch lines constructed in the ensuing decades. The Boston & Lowell struggled with competition from the Boston & Maine until ultimately it was leased by the Boston & Maine on April 1, 1887, and then merged fully into the B&M on January 1, 1919. The Boston & Lowell continued operating as a division within the Boston & Maine until it was sold to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority in 1983.

Details of this historical note are from the Nashua City Station website.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Boston & Lowell Railroad papers, 1830-1886

File — Box: 14, Folder: 5Identifier: Mss:724 1824-1935 File, F-7-16
Scope and Contents:

Papers of the Boston & Lowell Railroad include directors meeting minutes, reports, subscriptions to improve infrastructure, bills and receipts, invoices, stakeholders votes, and court stenographer notes of George vs. Boston & Lowell Railroad. Early papers include letters written by Patrick Tracy Jackson, who served as agent and treasurer of the company until 1831.

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