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"In 1839 Hinkley & Drury began locomotive building in Boston, their first engine being the "Lion, which was carried on four wheels connected and had outside cylinders. That engine resembled the De Witt Clinton, belonging to the Mohawk Valley Road, but had a slightly larger boiler with a small wagon top fire box and a big dome on the middle of the boiler. Hinkley & Drury engaged seriously in the work of locomotive building and eventually turned out many excellent locomotives that compared favorably with the productions of the best shops in the country. In their second engine they yielded to the popular trend of New England practice, introduced by the Locks and Canal Co, and made an inside connected and four wheel connected engine which had, however, a four wheel truck in front. This practice of building inside connected engines was followed by Hinkley and Drury for about ten years, until the demand of railroad companies for outside cylinder engines induced the builders to conform to the popular taste and do away with the necessity for a cranked axle...."