Fall River Railroad (1874)

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Bike path constructed over a portion of the former Fall River Railroad right-of-way, near South Watuppa Pond, Fall River, Massachusetts
This article is about the second Fall River Railroad. For the original Fall River Railroad, (1846 to 1854), see Fall River Railroad (1846).

The Fall River Railroad was a railroad in Massachusetts. It was chartered in 1874, opened in 1875 from New Bedford to Fall River through the towns of Dartmouth and Westport. The line was built to provide rail access to the mills in the eastern part of Fall River along the Quequechan River valley.

The western terminus of the line was located Watuppa Station at Plymouth Avenue near Front Street. In 1882 the line was leased to the Old Colony Railroad for 99 years, but sold outright to the Old Colony in 1896.[1]

In 2008, a new $462,000 bike path opened over a portion of the former Fall River Railroad right-of-way along the shore South Watuppa Pond between Brayton Avenue and the Westport town line. It is intended that the bike path will be extended in the future over additional sections of the former railroad through the city.[2]

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  1. ^ Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners, Feb 15, 1911
  2. ^ Herald News article August 1, 2008