Posts Tagged ‘Chrysler Corp.’

Lots of Good Railfan Memories on Crown Branch

July 29, 2014
Conrail 7902 was my first railfan picture.

Conrail 7902 was my first railfan picture.

My chase of the Nickel Plate heritage locomotive up the Crown Secondary of Norfolk Southern on Sunday morning reminded me of past chases and trips on this branch.

My first railfan picture was taken at Twinsburg back in 1985.  It was Conrail 7902, a GP38 taken on a 110-mm film camera.

Back then the yard was much busier with crews running several shifts if not around the clock.  The now dismantled Chrysler stamping plant (the reason the branch was built) was running full production.

I have visited the yard many times throughout the years and found it to be a microcosm of the Northeast rail industry in general.

Built in the late 1950′ as part of the postwar economic boom, it has fallen victim to economic decline and a resurgence of sorts.

The Crown branch primarily served the aforementioned Chrysler plant and an adjacent industrial park. This plant’s closing severely hurt traffic levels on the branch.

Shelly Materials is another customer located on the line, which keeps it from being abandoned.

Here are a few of my photos from the Conrail era (including my first one) into the early years of the NS takeover when the branch was in full swing.  I even got a three-way meet one day.

Article and Photograph by Todd Dillon

The early 2000s after the NS takeover.

The early 2000s after the NS takeover.

CR 7635 a rarity, a former GP35 rebuilt as a GP38-2.  This was to be the pilot for a capital rebuild program but ended up being the only example.

CR 7635 a rarity, a former GP35 rebuilt as a GP38-2. This was to be the pilot for a capital rebuild program but ended up being the only example.

Just a typical Conrail era photo from the early 1990s.

Just a typical Conrail era photo from the early 1990s.

A former PRR auto parts boxcar like this one populated the yard when Chrysler was operating.

A former PRR auto parts boxcar like this one populated the yard when Chrysler was operating.

A recent photo after the Chrysler plant shut down.

A recent photo after the Chrysler plant shut down.

 

Removing Part of NE Ohio Industrial History

February 20, 2012

Although Northeast Ohio remains an  stronghold of industrial activity, the region’s industrial base is not what it was in the 1960s. As part of its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization, Chrysler closed its Twinsburg stamping plant in July 2010.

The site was subsequently sold to two developers who are remaking it for other industrial uses. As part of that process, the plant’s heavy machinery is being removed and taken elsewhere.

Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee has recently worked on the Norfolk Southern jobs that have been taking some of the heavy machinery out of the plant.

“I believe all loads you see in these photos are going to Mexico, routing NS to Kansas City, then BNSF to the border,” Durfee wrote. “While interesting, it’s also very sad to be removing what once were jobs — American jobs — from our local economy.”

The tall loads weigh between 250,000 and 300,000 pounds each and NS crews basically had to walk them out.

To view Roger’s gallery of photographs taken on that job, click on the link below.

https://akronrrclub.wordpress.com/photography-pages/removing-part-of-ne-ohio-industrial-history/