New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

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New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby neman2 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:40 pm

Apparently through the state "Industrial Rail Access Program" the siding at former Very Fine (now Patriot Beverage), will be restored for shipments and a new siding will be installed for sand and gravel shipments to the Middlesex concrete plant on Route 2A.

From the Lowell Sun as reported by Chris Lisinski-
LITTLETON — Two $500,000 awards from the state will help expand operations and improve infrastructure for local businesses, the state Department of Transportation announced in a Monday press release.

The Middlesex Corporation will use one of the awards to construct new railroad track and restore the property’s siding, allowing the business to receive sand and stone shipments by rail instead of truck. As a result, approximately 12,800 truck trips will be eliminated from local roadways, state officials said.

The other award will go toward Patriot Beverage and Injection Molding Enterprises’ restoration of the former Very Fine bottling facility and expand the two companies’ manufacturing operation by facilitating delivery of materials by rail. The project will reduce 2,500 regional truck trips per year, and it will also support restoration of the bottling facility, which will employ 50 people once operational.

The awards are part of the state’s Industrial Rail Access Program. A total of about $1.8 million is being distributed in this round. — CHRIS LISINSKI
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby central.vermont » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:34 pm

Very interesting!!
So where will the sand and stone come from?

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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby rmccown » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:03 pm

Very neat, and very close to me. Ive seen the occasional hirail truck near the Veryfine spur over the last few months, so I knew something was up.
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby tonyschul » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:12 pm

Here is a link to the entire announcement:

https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... F11%2F2018
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby Trinnau » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:01 pm

If those numbers hold that could be a busy area. The annual numbers in the article come down to about 30 cars/week at the concrete plant and 6/week at the beverage company.
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby Hux » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:58 pm

central.vermont wrote:Very interesting!!
So where will the sand and stone come from?

Jon


Not from Milford, NH. :wink: Good question though. Someone's sand pit is certainly going to get busier. Wonder if their current supplier has rail access or if they will be using another.
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby jaymac » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:19 am

If you access the Ayer 1939 quadrant from your topo-source of choice and go to the second "T" in the "LITTLETON" designator, you'll see a short stub running north of the WB but not as far as Rte. 2A, a bit southeast of Middle Corporation's 1 Spectacle Pond Road address. There isn't the usual mine icon, but it's a sandy area, so it may have been for a sand pit. As well as "restoration," the article discusses receiving aggregate, but no cement. Mebbe Lafarge is close enough for trucking, or mebbe it was an omission.
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby rmccown » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:54 am

Pondering how they are going to have the track layout there. There isnt a convenient crossover. Veryfine is on the inbound side, and Im assuming the switch for the concrete plant will be on the outbound track. There also is the old MOW siding in the weeds a bit further inbound past the old station (now the stove re-builder guy)
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby rmccown » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:01 am

jaymac wrote:If you access the Ayer 1939 quadrant from your topo-source of choice and go to the second "T" in the "LITTLETON" designator, you'll see a short stub running north of the WB but not as far as Rte. 2A, a bit southeast of Middle Corporation's 1 Spectacle Pond Road address. There isn't the usual mine icon, but it's a sandy area, so it may have been for a sand pit. As well as "restoration," the article discusses receiving aggregate, but no cement. Mebbe Lafarge is close enough for trucking, or mebbe it was an omission.


That looks like where the batch plant is now, across from Faba Industries. Its a huge paved equipment lot now.
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Re: New customers in Littleton on Fitchburg Route

Postby newpylong » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:14 am

rmccown wrote:Pondering how they are going to have the track layout there. There isnt a convenient crossover. Veryfine is on the inbound side, and Im assuming the switch for the concrete plant will be on the outbound track. There also is the old MOW siding in the weeds a bit further inbound past the old station (now the stove re-builder guy)


Likely the same way we used to switch it, push the cars the short distance back to the Willows when done. it was always switched at night. They can use the crossover at WL to switch tracks.
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