NHN503 wrote: ↑Thu Aug 25, 2022 7:39 amSaint Gobain/Norton's gets their inbound raw materials now in 40' ocean containers via an imported source overseas somewhere. It is a bagged material, so no longer do they use covered hopper cars inbound. Their steam plant no longer burns coal, so both sets of carload traffic are gone.newpylong wrote: ↑Tue Aug 23, 2022 2:40 pm Nortons/St. Gobains still got sporadic service when I joined the RR in 2005.And I put cars in there in 2017 as well.
F74265A wrote: ↑Thu Aug 25, 2022 8:46 am The current google maps image (no idea of date of photo) shows that the switch off the p&w into Saint Gobain appears to have been straight railed. The frog is gone. Obviously it could be reinstalled, but there is a cost and construction impediment to a return to rail svc at that locationIf you're talking about the switch to the north of the P&W, that is the "coal side" and has been disconnected forever. They used to have their have their own switcher for that side.
neman2 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 24, 2022 8:14 pm Another field trip to the Clinton area today, here are my observations-----
1)South Meadow Rd. Clinton crossing, there were several CSX signal maintainer type vehicles parked with work ongoing. CWR still laying to the side with tie plates between rails.
F74265A wrote: ↑Thu Aug 25, 2022 12:03 pm Yes, with one exception— Clinton to Leominster, in the unlikely event this ever happens, would be served from somewhere on the north side, Nashua, Lowell or Lawrence. Worcester has no place that I’m aware of to base regular freight operationsYou would be correct about Worcester, the rebuild ten years ago was based on intermodal traffic only. CSXI, not CSXT, designed they yard for their needs.