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h2w
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Norton Abrasives
Posted by h2w on Friday, November 9, 2012 7:40 AM

I'm looking for any onformation about the railroad operations at the Norton Abrasives plant in Worcester Ma

thanks

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Posted by locoi1sa on Friday, November 9, 2012 5:05 PM

Mark.

 Do you have Google Earth? It is a free download. If so search for St. Gobain abrasives in Wocester Ma. You can still see the track layout through the different buildings. When I lived there 20 years ago just about all the products were truck freight. Hundreds of trailer dumps a week would be bringing in aggregate material and scores of dry vans would be coming and going all day long. I imagine the output from the complex is just a shadow of its former self nowadays. Most of the Norton/ St.Gobain products I use at work now say made in China or Indonesia. I have been to the complex many times to fix broke down trucks. There was always a security gate and a sign in / sign out check list. You were only to go to and from the job and no where else. There was only one occasion that I had seen an old CR GP something moving some UP and SF box cars on the complex grounds.

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Posted by Ron High on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:59 PM

Norton company had its own locomotive I remember a 44 tonner that was around until at least the 1980s.They may have had 2 back in the 1960s and before .They had a large fleet of 70 to 80 boxcars that were castoffs from New England railroads most were wood outside braced cars and a few steel cars. They had  a few covered hoppers maybe home grown or one of a kind type castoff from railroads. I think I remember a flat car but am not sure. The paint scheme in the 1970s was a pale yellow with blue lettering herald similar to the Norton signs at that time.

These were all used for in plant switching of material not for interchange. A large maze of tracks went all over the plant.. There was a yard at the west end of New Bond street this where the B&M shoved all the interchange cars but the plant switcher moved them from there. There was a siding on the south side of the Gardner line where the B&M switched covered hoppers. There were also a couple of sidings at Barbers Junction also switched by the B&M lots of B&M box cars and B&M piggyback trailers there in the 1960s ,shipping department I guess. Norton is the big reason for piggyback on the B&M in Worcester I am told this lasted in to the 1970s. On Google Earth you can see the small yard some of the sidings and intraplant trackage. There was much more up to the 1970s.

Currently there very infrequent service a couple of cars a couple of times a year .Back in the 1990s they converted their power plant to burn  coal or oil, for a few years perhaps a dozen hoppers at a time were brought down by Guilford. Have not seen any of that for a number of years.

 

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Posted by richg1998 on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:25 PM

Norton was bought out some years ago. Below is a link to one loco.

http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=134120

I searched with Norton Abrasives locomotives worcester ma and Norton Abrasives railroad operations Worcester ma.

I did find a couple flicker photos of two different size hoppers and boxcars.

Rich

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Posted by ChooChooGal on Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:17 PM

h2w

I'm looking for any onformation about the railroad operations at the Norton Abrasives plant in Worcester Ma

thanks

mark

 

do you know anything about the positions at norton.  like what a "mixer" job would entail?

 

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Posted by zstripe on Thursday, December 26, 2013 3:39 PM

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h2w

I'm looking for any onformation about the railroad operations at the Norton Abrasives plant in Worcester Ma

thanks

mark

 

do you know anything about the positions at norton.  like what a "mixer" job would entail?

 

 

 

 

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Posted by noreaster on Thursday, September 17, 2020 6:42 PM
It seems like there is zero railroading operations at the Saint Gobain nowadays since likely the mid 2000s looking at google maps in that timeline. Some of the newly paved road crossing had the tracks ripped out leaving some box cars probably being used for storage stranded for eternity. And the track(s) leading to the intraplant trackage overgrown by trees. I live close by Saint gobain and sometimes see Providence & Worcester trains passing behind the factory from W Boylston St. I actually found a video of the Norton locomotive running from 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFFaEVbvIN4&ab_channel=Railmover.com
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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:04 PM

You are in luck, The Shoreliner Magazine had a group of articles with more than you ever wanted to know about the industries served by rail in Worcester during this past year or so. You can get the back issues from 

https://www.nhrhta.org/shoreliner

Volume 41, Issue 1 (2019) - $10.00

 

  • “Yellow Dogs – The Potato Extras” – The story of how the New Haven and railroads of Maine moved the annual Aroostook County potato crop. Much of this traffic was routed through Worcester, MA. 

  • “The Norton Railroad” – Rick Hurst shares details about the industrial plant railroad of Worcester's Norton Abrasives Company. 

  • “American Steel & Wire” – The story of the Worcester plants of the American Steel & Wire Co., including its plant railroads. 

  • “'Scrap Train for Worcester'” – Many retired New Haven steam locomotives were scrapped at American Steel & Wire in Worcester. (Note: includes a detailed track lay out....and why did Norton have two locos with the sane number)

  • “Pullman-Standard Osgood Bradley Car Company” – The story of Worcester's Osgood Bradley Car Company, purchased by the Standard Steel Car Company in 1910, which was in turned purchased by Pullman in 1929. 

  • “Massachusetts Electric” – The story of the coal-fired generated plant that once occupied Webster Square in Worcester and the industrial railroad that served the plant.

 Volume 40, Issue 4 (2019) - $10.00

  • “New Haven's Worcester Gateway and the Railroad of Worcester – Part 2” – A detailed history of the New Haven, Boston & Maine and Boston & Albany (New York Central) and predecessor railroad companies in and around Worcester, MA. 

  • “'Camelot' is a Half Century Gone” – Jack Swanberg recalls the last days of the New Haven in late 1968, before its absorption into Penn Central January 1st, 1969.

Volume 40, Issue 3 - $10.00

 

  • “New Haven's Worcester Gateway and the Railroad of Worcester – Part 1” – A detailed history of the New Haven, Boston & Maine and Boston & Albany (New York Central) and predecessor railroad companies in and around Worcester, MA.

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