All difficulties have at last been overcome, and the iron horse now speeds from Oak Bluffs to Katama and returns with the swiftness of the wind. The snort of the engine strikes upon the ear and reverberates over hill and dale, waking up the dormant energies of man, and causing the cattle on a hundred hills to skip and jump like rams. The engine arrived at Katama on Saturday afternoon last, in the steamer Island Home, of Nantucket, was soon placed upon the rails, made its way to Oak Bluffs, was attached to the cars, and returned to this village and Katama, bearing a full freight of humanity.
On Monday it ran over the track several times, and conveyed a large number of passengers. The road bed is said to be one of the best and smoothest in the country, and the cars glide over its surface without jolt or jar, as if moving upon a sea of glass. The engine is a perfect beauty, of a great fleetness and power, and performs its work in an admirable manner.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, it was at its work early and continued through each day, taking over the road a thousand or more strangers and citizens. The great difficulty thus far has been to find place for passengers, not less than a hundred having at times been left for want of room to transport them. Another large car would have been well filled on most of the trips. Next season one or two more will be added.
Everything new looks hopeful for the success of the undertaking, and although many delays and unexpected troubles have been encountered, and great loss sustained thereby, the managers of the road are by no means discouraged or depressed, but feel confident of a good season’s work this year. Superintendent Ripley is promptly at his post, making every necessary arrangement for the running of trains and the comfort of passengers.