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1840 Train Station Bottom of Pearl Street
New Bedford

This was the first train depot built and opened on July 1, 1840.

It was the New Bedford & Taunton Railroad depot. On the day of it's opening, there was a lot of excitement and fanfare. Governor Joseph Grinnell, an investor in the railroad line, and a lot of other political figures were in attendance.

Other investors included John Avery Parker, William Rotch, Jr, William Swain and George Howland, Jr.
The rails for the track had to be imported from England and were very expensive. The rail line took 18 months to complete.
There were two departures and arrivals per day beginning July 2, 1840.

A branch line to Fall River that was finished being built in 1876.

After some years, the assets transferred to the Old Colony Railroad then later to the New Haven Railroad.
The New Haven Railroad sold the station in the 1959, and there was no more passenger service from New Bedford after that.

The Pearl Street Depot was the first train station built in New Bedford. It was built by Russell Warren.

A lot of people thought the style was not terribly attractive as it reminded many of a mausoleum. The architectural design was the Egyptian Revival Style.

It was nicknamed “The Tombs.” and was replaced with a larger train depot June 21, 1886

If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see a lot of details.

Train Station bottom of Pearl Street in new BEdford 1840 - 1886 - www.WhalingCity.net

 
 
 
 

 


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