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Joint Comm. of Railways and Canals. Report on petition to construct a railway from Boston to Salem, 1833
Senate No. 52 The Committee on Railways and Canals, in eighteen days of hearings, considered presentations by several groups who wanted to build a
rail road to Salem and other groups that did not want a rail road to Salem and on March 15, 1833, issued a long and interesting report. There were two
possible rail routes, but each involved a ferry ride. Would the cars roll onto the ferry, or would the people and goods be transshipped? What about
rivers and harbors icing up in the winter? Only half of each route had been surveyed. Salem was not enthusiastic about a railroad; it already had
excellent stagecoach and drayage service on strictly land routes. The railroad routes had the potential to destroy a robust riverine traffic; bridges
would cut access to higher wharves. The financials did not work out at all; there simply was not enough potential traffic to support the companies.
The Committee was not able to see any public necessity or benefit to the petitions, so it gave the petitioners leave to withdraw. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   The Joint Committee on Railways and Canals, to whom were referred the petitions of Thomas H. Perkins and others ... praying for authority to construct a rail road from Boston to Salem ... ask leave to submit the following report ... .
OCLC Number:   1393492597
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