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Remnants of a Railroad Station

18 May

Lizzie Borden traveled by train from Fall River on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to Taunton, MA where she awaited her court appearances in the Taunton Jail. The Station was less than two miles from her home at 92 Second Street.

The article below tells of her departing Second Street, arrival at the train station amidst the reporters, her journey to Taunton and describes her cell and subsequent visits from her attorney Andrew Jennings, her sister, Emma, and her cleric, the Reverend Buck.

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“From 1844 to 1967, the New Haven RR (officially, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad” was a force in New England. At various points in time, the New Haven Railroad owned trolley companies, truck companies, bus companies, and steamship companies and once tried to start an airline. The New Haven was one of the few railroads in America to operate steam, diesel, and electric locomotives at the same time.”

“For more than one hundred years the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad was the primary means of passenger and freight transportation in Southern New England. Chartered in 1872, the merger between the New York New Haven and Hartford-New Haven Railroads resulted in the long desired rail link between Boston and New York. Approximately one hundred small independent railroads were built in southern New England between 1850 and 1860. By 1911 the majority were absorbed into the vast New Haven system. At its peak in 1929, the New Haven Railroad owned and operated 2,131 miles of track throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.”

But here is all that’s left of that once bustling Station at the foot of Baylie, one block west of North Main.

Sources:

NHRR website

Brief history

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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in Fall River History, Fall River, MA

 

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2 responses to “Remnants of a Railroad Station

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