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Ashmont Station
Ashmont Station
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 The Ashmont Station of earlier years of rail travel is revealed in this scan of a photo published on a calendar issued by Cole's Pharmacy, 1876 Dorchester Avenue, corner Dracut St., Ashmont. The calendar for 1901 states that the station was erected 1872, torn down 1895. It seems to be at the site that was later occupied by the Englewood Diner—the V at the north side of the intersection of Dorchester Avenue, Talbot Avenue and Ashmont Street. The train at that time traveled in a gully. Later a cap was added so that the tracks are now in a tunnel.

Dorothy Wyman Martin whose family lived at 53 Alban Street wrote: “When father moved to Ashmont, there was an Ashmont Improvement Society, which he joined. They held Whist parties. I once had photographs of the members at their meetings. My grandfather was active in it and was instrumental in obtaining Richardson, the architect of Trinity Church, Boston, to design the old Ashmont railroad station, which was demolished when MBTA Rapid Transit began. I did not think it attractive.”

Ashmont Station
Railroad Station, Ashmont
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 This postcard shows the next train station at Ashmont, when it was still a railroad suburb. This Ashmont Station building was located near the location of the present station but between the tracks and Dorchester Avenue. This station appears on maps from 1898 through 1918.

Ashmont Station
Ashmont Station
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 Sometime between the 1918 and 1933 atlases, the station area was extensively re-designed, and another headhouse was built closer to Peabody Square, approximately where the north head-house is located today. Its design was similar to the Shawmut Station and the Savin Hill Station, and perhaps others.

Ashmont Station
Ashmont Station deconstruction April 12, 2006
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 In the 1970s Ashmont Station was reconstructed, and a walkway was built over the yard for pedestrians to enter the station, although it was possible to enter through the parking lot. This photo from 2006 shows the station during deconstruction.

Readers' Comments
 Re: the brick rectangular station house that lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s

Thank you for showing us this photo of the headhouse of Ashmont Station, adjacent to Peabody Square. It brought back memories from long ago. The headhouse opened in 1929. I saw a photo of dedication day in the Boston Globe and several political leaders were standing near the headhouse entrance. The headhouse led to a short tunnel which ended on the platform of the outbound MBTA train line. The new station allowed buses (or were they first trackless trolleys using electricity?) to climb to the second floor level. Bus passengers then proceeded along a corridor and then down a stairway where they boarded the inbound MBTA trains. I remember it well. My father's medical office was in Peabody Square and I frequently took the train home from Boston College High School at Columbia Point, and then switched to the Mattapan trolley at Ashmont (getting off at the Milton Station and then walking the rest of the way). We could also take the Wollaston Beach Bus from Ashmont to East Milton.

Take care.

Dennis O'Brien

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Created: April 24, 2011   Modified: April 24, 2011