June 21, 1886 was opening day for the new depot replacing the first train depot built and opened on July 1, 1840. It was demolished in 1959.
This one was designed by Henry Paston Clark of Boston working for the Old Colony Railroad.
It was a larger stone structure with a good sized ticket office and separate waiting rooms and toilets for
men and women as well as large, open fireplaces.
Eight trains making a round trip to Taunton were scheduled. Four were scheduled to Fall River.
There was also a telegraph office, cab or hack stand and baggage handling facilities.
See the Chronological History of New Bedford for 1880 - 1889.
The colorized photo was made in the early 1900's.
If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see a lot of details.