Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warwick

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Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warwick

Postby walterconklin » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:14 pm

Hello,

Does anyone know approximately when the the Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to be in Warwick started to receive rail shipments? Why I am inquiring is because the railroad project that I am involved in that my colleagues are building for the Microsoft Train Simulator platform is loosely set during the late 1920s to the early 1950s. I read on the forum a reference by Paul Miller that the Singer Sewing Machine facility received shipments via rail in 1964. Given the setting of the project, I wonder if I should include a representation of the Singer Sewing Machine facility on the virtual route...

Sincerely,
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Re: Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warw

Postby Paul Miller » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:21 pm

Walter,
They didn't open and receive shipments until approx November 1961
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Re: Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warw

Postby walterconklin » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:25 am

Hi Paul,

Thank you for the very helpful information.

Do you or anyone else know if Singer was the first business that occupied the facility in Warwick? If Singer was not the first occupant, do you know what was the type and name of the business that first occupied the facility? Do you know when the facility was built?

Again, Thank you for your time and for the invaluable help you have provided.

Sincerely,
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Re: Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warw

Postby walterconklin » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:35 am

Hello Paul and all,

After I posted my first message for today in this thread, I received an email reply from Cathryn Anders, lead archivist at the Warwick Historical Society, that she could not find any references in a 1964 Warwick Telephone book to Singer Sewing having a facility in Warwick.
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Re: Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warw

Postby Paul Miller » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:45 pm

it was called Singer Manufacturing Company. Building completed around novemebr 1961.
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Re: Singer Sewing Machine facility that use to exist in Warw

Postby Tadman » Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:42 pm

Singer had plants in Jersey, Indiana, and Illinois. Hence their shortline was known as the NJ,I,&I, despite only having trackage in Indiana. It was created to afford the Indiana plant access to the Wabash, because it was felt that the PRR and NYC weren't giving good rates. Later the shortline became a subsidiary of Wabash. When NS took over Conrail, it was torn up as the plant was long gone and NS had new access to town.

Not LH&R, but an interesting story for those interested in Singer operations.
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