Customers of the Gloucester Branch

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Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:54 pm

Looking to see if anyone knows the last customers on the Gloucester Branch? When did service on the branch end and what brought on its end?
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:06 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:Looking to see if anyone knows the last customers on the Gloucester Branch? When did service on the branch end and what brought on its end?


1984 Beverly Draw fire was the opportunity Guilford used to embargo freight north of Salem and break contracts with all its remaining customers up there. It's why those rights were outright-terminated instead of held in perpetuity like the rest of the northside. The customers weren't actually gone yet when they made their move. And I believe that included 1 or 2 tiny ones still left on the Gloucester Branch, though most of it had dried up by then. BO-1 was the name of the job that originated out of Salem to cover the branches.


Board search comes up with a couple 8-year-old threads. Was a lumber yard in Beverly served near beginning of the branch (Google Maps doesn't seem to turn up any surviving traces), and originating seafood freight at Gloucester Harbor that was transported inbound to other cold storage warehouses. Gloucester station immediate environs have a bunch of converted old industrial buildings and a couple surviving businesses like a welding company and a gas wholesaler, and at least until the 50's there was a freight house w/ tiny yard there. Downtown was a pretty busy stopover until it thinned out in B&M's last couple decades, so yard probably got a lot of pickups from the businesses in couple block radius of the tracks and various seafood wholesalers. Rockport station also had a freight house, but that was closed much earlier on when general-purpose staffed depots outside of major yards became obsolete practice.

That's all board search enumerates. Wasn't a comprehensive list, just a few folks naming stuff they remembered.
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:20 pm

Cape Ann Steel was one of the last customers. Their cars went to Gloucester
Yard or Rockport for unloading.

The last customer was probably a cold storage warehouse across the track from
the station. I believe it was Gordon's.

The last customer on the Newburyport main was Owens-Corning.

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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby BandM4266 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:27 am

If I'm not mistaken service into Gloucester was brought to an end in 1981 after the deadly Passenger/Freight collision at Prides Crossing..
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby mgdemarco » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:48 am

Where was the Gloucester yard? It appears no traces left today?
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby TomNelligan » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:17 am

mgdemarco wrote:Where was the Gloucester yard?


As I recall it was adjacent to the station, extending east. It wasn't very big, just a few tracks for local deliveries.
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby jaymac » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:56 pm

If you call up UNH or someone else's USGS topo collection and go to the northeast corner of the 1944 quad for Gloucester, you'll see the yard. As a matter of luck, that section also includes Rockport and the loop.
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Re: Customers of the Gloucester Branch

Postby Trinnau » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:22 pm

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:1984 Beverly Draw fire was the opportunity Guilford used to embargo freight north of Salem and break contracts with all its remaining customers up there. It's why those rights were outright-terminated instead of held in perpetuity like the rest of the northside.


Pretty sure legally Pan Am never outright terminated their rights, and that anything on the outbound side of the drawbridge is still technically embargoed.
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