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Tom Curtin
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26 Feb 2014, 22:07 #11

Noel Weaver wrote:

I don't remember too much about Wilson Point although I did work the yard job at South Norwalk a good number of times
and of course went down that branch quite a few times. We had to go to the end to run around the train to go back to the
yard but there wasn't any business at the end at least in the 60's. Nash Engineering was a customer on that line although I do
not know if they were the last. There was also a customer that received tank cars but I don't remember the details.
As for Bridgeport, I put a good idea of my memories in Bridgeport on railroaddotnet and I don't really have the time to do it
again on here right now.
Noel Weaver
Ah Wilson Point...........  Wasn't Remington Rand  (nothing to do with Remington Arms) down there on that branch?
  
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pnorkawich
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17 Aug 2017, 13:09 #12

Tom Curtin wrote:
Noel Weaver wrote:

I don't remember too much about Wilson Point although I did work the yard job at South Norwalk a good number of times
and of course went down that branch quite a few times. We had to go to the end to run around the train to go back to the
yard but there wasn't any business at the end at least in the 60's. Nash Engineering was a customer on that line although I do
not know if they were the last. There was also a customer that received tank cars but I don't remember the details.
As for Bridgeport, I put a good idea of my memories in Bridgeport on railroaddotnet and I don't really have the time to do it
again on here right now.
Noel Weaver
Ah Wilson Point...........  Wasn't Remington Rand  (nothing to do with Remington Arms) down there on that branch?
  
Regarding Bridgeport's west end, there was a spur that was controlled by the Fairfield Avenue switch tower. It proceeded on the south side of the 'Chinese Wall', east from Fairfield Avenue along Railroad Avenue / Frontage Road. This served West End Lumber; Eastern Bag and Paper; Sikorsky; Herman Isaac's; Dictaphone; Singer; Ives Toy; may or may not be accurate. I used to watch the switcher in the 70s as a kid.

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Statkowski
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Joined: 05 Mar 2003, 09:39

17 Aug 2017, 13:52 #13

Tom Curtin wrote: A few comments on this from a layman . . .

"Wilson Point branch" is a misnomer from a couple of points of view

1. It did not go to Wilson Point for many years.  ....
Names of railroad tracks, locations and branches can live on for years, long after whatever they were named for disappeared into history.

Until its final abandonment circa 1985, a branch line on our local railroad here in Western Pennsylvania was listed, officially, as the Possum Glory Branch, running from Wandin, Pa. to Heilwood, Pa.  Heilwood was originally named Possum Glory, hence the branch line's name, but was renamed way, way back in 1912.  The railroad never changed the branch's name.

New Haven Union Station hadn't been a union station since the Great Consolidation (1898?), but still kept the name.
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Richard Abramson
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17 Aug 2017, 14:35 #14

In 1966-67 during school vacations I would ride the 651 on the Dock switcher. On occasion we went down to Nash Engineering. I have movies (remember them??) I took from the 651 waiting to come off the Danbury Branch at S.S. 44 to head down the Wilson Point Branch to Nash. In my movies is a Bay Ridge bound freight with Virginians on trk-1. When he cleared, we got the RR to cross over from 3-4 to go down the branch.
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pnorkawich
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17 Aug 2017, 15:04 #15

Richard Abramson wrote:In 1966-67 during school vacations I would ride the 651 on the Dock switcher. On occasion we went down to Nash Engineering. I have movies (remember them??) I took from the 651 waiting to come off the Danbury Branch at S.S. 44 to head down the Wilson Point Branch to Nash. In my movies is a Bay Ridge bound freight with Virginians on trk-1. When he cleared, we got the RR to cross over from 3-4 to go down the branch.
That's really cool. Is it possible to post the movie on YouTube?

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Richard Abramson
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17 Aug 2017, 15:12 #16

I have no clue as to how you do that.
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pnorkawich
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17 Aug 2017, 16:29 #17

Richard Abramson wrote:I have no clue as to how you do that.
I've seen your layout on YouTube, I think it is spectacular! I am so inspired by the videos that I have decided to model the West End spur for my first part of my layout. Again I am very impressed with your work and attention to detail, your style gets the feel of the neighborhoods as I remember. Thank you for everything.

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Noel Weaver
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17 Aug 2017, 19:44 #18

pnorkawich wrote:
Richard Abramson wrote:I have no clue as to how you do that.
I've seen your layout on YouTube, I think it is spectacular! I am so inspired by the videos that I have decided to model the West End spur for my first part of my layout. Again I am very impressed with your work and attention to detail, your style gets the feel of the neighborhoods as I remember. Thank you for everything.

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The "spur" along track four east from SS-55 (Burr Road) was known officially as "The Hole", it was so listed in various timetables as well.  In 1964 when I was working the towers there was a lot of business in that area but like almost everything else in Connecticut it went away.  
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TomCurtin
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17 Aug 2017, 20:14 #19

RE a comment in a previous post about Wilson Point:  Yes, Remington Rand (Business machines manufacturer, not to be confused with Remington Arms the munitions company)  did indeed have a facility along the Wilson Point track
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pnorkawich
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18 Aug 2017, 00:02 #20

Noel Weaver wrote:
pnorkawich wrote:
Richard Abramson wrote:I have no clue as to how you do that.
I've seen your layout on YouTube, I think it is spectacular! I am so inspired by the videos that I have decided to model the West End spur for my first part of my layout. Again I am very impressed with your work and attention to detail, your style gets the feel of the neighborhoods as I remember. Thank you for everything.

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The "spur" along track four east from SS-55 (Burr Road) was known officially as "The Hole", it was so listed in various timetables as well.  In 1964 when I was working the towers there was a lot of business in that area but like almost everything else in Connecticut it went away.  
Noel Weaver
Thank you Mr. Weaver for the information and clarification. I agree with you about the fact of so many businesses are gone. Manufacturing was the backbone of Bridgeport and seeing all those businesses close was heartbreaking. I am going to model the late 60s early 70s when things were going well, at least from my experience and perspective as a kid. Can you tell me what yard would service the hole? Also, typically what was the equipment? Switcher? Geep? Anything you can do thank you.

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