What Industry are These Cars Serving?

Grey One Oct 23, 2021

  1. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

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    I've long been aware of these cars here:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2117447,-71.0006897,101m/data=!3m1!1e3
    They are mostly tank cars with a few hoppers and covered hoppers. They can be seen from the upper level of the commuter Bi-Level cars in Braintree, MA. near the Red Line, (light rail), and Commuter Station.

    I have been unable to discern what local industry they are serving.
    Or? Does the MBTA use them? Just speculating, is this a MOW storage yard?

    I will be trying to get down thre, (without trespassing), this coming week. Based on a shadow there appears to be a tall fence which might interfere with my efforts.

    ThaNKS!
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It is possible they are simply using those tracks to hold the cars for a nearby industry. There are maritime and other uses in the vicinity.
     
  3. nscalestation

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    Looks like the best access is behind Pet Smart / Hobby Lobby. I see at least two of the tank cars with reporting mark SHQX. If you can find out what that is it may be a clue.
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

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    The hoppers are high-side gondolas used in scrap service. You can see them on Google Earth too, and they are most likely TROX-lettered for Trojan Recycling, I recognize the logo.

    I'm not sure on the tank cars. They had lease reporting marks on street view, but one had a 3265 corrosive hazmat placard. I think that is for organic corrosive chemicals, but I couldn't find any information on a specific product it's used for.
     
  5. BnOEngrRick

    BnOEngrRick TrainBoard Member

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    I followed the lines around a bit and did see what may be a liquid transload facility next to the Naval Shipbuilding Museum.
     
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  6. BoxcabE50

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    I found one list showing SHQX to be American Railcar Industries.
     

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