Saint-Gobain in Worcester

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Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby mbk2013 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:59 am

Just curious. now that I live in Worcester, is there still rail activity at the plant ? I've driven by numerous times, but have never been able to see any cars there. Granted, site lines are very limited.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:45 am

P&W does indeed still serve them. Comparison of recent Google satellite views shows cars more likely to be spotted towards the back, near the Stores St./Abrasive Way intersection.


I'm not sure what P&W job usually handles that one...whether it's tacked onto the back of the interchange run to Gardner, or if one of the southern locals pokes north at the end of its run. WOGR is a normally reliable bet to head northbound right after morning rush hour.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby jaymac » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:03 am

...thought Guilford retained rights to then-Norton-and-now-St.Gobain with service by AY locals...
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby jamoldover » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:14 am

That's correct. The plant is a Pan Am customer, not a P&W one. They were an existing B&M customer when the Gardner Branch was sold to the P&W, and rights to serve the plant were part of the terms of the sale.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby mbk2013 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:17 am

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:P&W does indeed still serve them. Comparison of recent Google satellite views shows cars more likely to be spotted towards the back, near the Stores St./Abrasive Way intersection.


I'm not sure what P&W job usually handles that one...whether it's tacked onto the back of the interchange run to Gardner, or if one of the southern locals pokes north at the end of its run. WOGR is a normally reliable bet to head northbound right after morning rush hour.


Thanks for the info, I'll check it out!
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby Jedijk88 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:18 pm

iirc Pan Am does about a car a month at the Shore Drive facility.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby boatsmate » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:53 am

there was a post on the Pan AM page about FI -1 servicing the plant this week. (note either FI -1 or AY- ? are the locals that service the plant)
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby svobronco » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:46 pm

Back in the 90's Norton had a couple of 80T GE's at that facility, any idea if they stayed on with St G?
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby johnhenry » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:43 pm

FI-1 with one car for St Gobain tied down at the Burncoat siding this evening. Two other bad order cars are on the siding as well.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby NashuaActon&Boston » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:28 pm

I wasn't aware F-1 and AY locals worked the south end of the Worcester Main. Does anyone know with what general regularity PAR locals make it down to Worcester? How many PAR-served customers? I figured CSX/P&W covered all of the switching in and around Burncoat jct/Barbers..
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby newpylong » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:59 am

Just that customer and as needed, infrequently. They also have a rail served warehouse in Clinton but unknown the last car in there.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby b&m 1566 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:53 am

svobronco wrote:Back in the 90's Norton had a couple of 80T GE's at that facility, any idea if they stayed on with St G?


There's at least one engine in there; all the times I was in that facility, it was in the same spot.

Where does Pan Am spot the loads? none of the sidings look serviceable.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby johnhenry » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:42 am

The yard at St Gobain (and the factory switcher) hasn't been used in a number of years. They used to receive coal cars there not too long ago.
The sole remaining traffic is a siding off the south side of the PW branch heading to Gardner. It is a south facing point and goes down the embankment to a switchback to where the car is set. Therefor, PanAm uses the Greendale siding to put a loaded car on the south (west) side of the engine before going down to barbers and onto the Gardner branch, where it pulls the car onto the siding, then pushes it into place after the switchback switch.
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Re: Saint-Gobain in Worcester

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:30 am

The engine and several of the boxcars on site were for sale sometime last year.

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