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Bakers Chocolate

BX10
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Joined: January 15th, 2010, 12:40 am

June 9th, 2018, 10:00 am #1

On the NERAIL web sight there is a picture  under the Transit heading showing a double ended PCC ex Dallas car heading towards Mattapan. The picture according to the caption was taken in 1973

 What is interesting about this picture is that there still is siding and from the shine on the rails  on the bridge it still looks like it is still being serviced, and the large white building with Bakers Chocolate on the side.

 Was it only Bakers Chocolate or was there some other company there too?
 When was Bakers Chocolate last serviced by rail?

   Bill
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newhaven45
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Joined: January 31st, 2011, 2:31 pm

June 9th, 2018, 11:56 am #2

Wikipedia history of The Walter Baker Chocolate Co. "Postum Cereal Company, which later changed its name to General Foods, bought Walter Baker & Company in 1927 and moved the production to Delaware in 1965. By 1995, the Walter Baker & Company was incorporated into Kraft Foods."
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Ed B
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June 12th, 2018, 9:01 am #3

My mother worked for Baker's until 1958. When General Foods bought them production was moved to Delaware around 1964-65. Burke Distributors (a beer distribution company) moved into the space around 1969 or so. They used to receive a lot of insulated boxcars of Miller Brewing products. Other customers on that line in the 1965-75 era from Neponset to Milton were Hendries Ice Cream, Barney & Carey lumber, and New England Millworks. The scrap yard at the corner of Hilltop St. and Granite Ave. had a siding but rarely received cars and I only remember one boxcar being spotted at the old Keystone siding around 1972 or so. Trains were only about 7 cars long in those days. During the late New Haven and early PC days RS-3s were the most common locomotive power. By 1973, the Alcos were gone and EMD switchers (SW-1s and SW-1200s) were most frequently seen. The track was ripped up in 1990.

My mother remembers an old freight house at the small New Haven yard adjacent to the Butler St. trolley station, but that was gone by the 1960s and at that point only a couple of tracks remained.
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newhaven45
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June 12th, 2018, 11:57 am #4

I went to a site call "Historic Aerials" and they have photos dated 1938,1955, and 1969. In the photo dated 1955 it shows that the siding seemed only to service the Walter Baker Chocolate factory using two switchbacks. The siding appears to first go to the power house and then it reversed direction twice to service the concrete silos. There are 5, what appears to be, tank cars on the first switchback. 
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