NECR: G&W Sells NH Cement Transload Site

G&W Sells Cement Transload Site to Longtime Customer Lafargeholcim.

November, West Lebanon NH — Genesee & Wyoming trackage acquired as part of the 2015 Claremont Concord acquisition, included the former Eagle Leaf Transload facility, located on the north spur of the Westboro yard at One Railroad Ave.

Cement site

G&W subsequently established Granite State Transload as subsidiary. The facility primarily provided bulk cement transfer services between railcars and trucks. Under CCRR, and G&W, LafargeHolcim became the site’s largest customer, distributing cement throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

In November 2019, Genesee & Wyoming sold the facility outright to LafargeHolcim, who will assume operations of the transfer site when the cement transloading season resumes. It is unclear as to how the new operator will handle intra-facility switching.

West Lebanon NH

Westboro Yard was inherited by G&W in its 2016 acquisition of the Claremont-Concord Railroad. Most CCRR assets were folded in to NECR, but the Eagle Leaf transload had long operated as a separate entity (sharing CCRR ownership), and served Lafarge-Holcim since the early 2000s {OpenRailwayMap; annotated by ANRP}.

Westboro Railroad yard was at one time a major hub for freight and passenger rail, including a turntable, maintenance building, and a large bunkhouse for railroad workers. The line ran between Boston, Mass. and Montreal, Canada. This engine still works a short freight line between White River Junction, Vermont and West Lebanon, NH. The Claremont and Concord Railroad brings carloads of cement and propane the 1 mile over the Connecticut River. For now, this is all that remains of that proud legacy {George Sykes, trover.com}.

Jobs retained at NECR

Two G&W employees that had worked at the bulk transfer site were absorbed by NECR, which serves the property via a White River Junction-based local that moves cars from the national network to the transload site.

At the southern end of the Westboro yard, Rymes Propane & Oil operates a mobile transloading apparatus for liquified propane gas (LPG). Rymes employs their own Trackmobile to provide necessary switching of the cars within the confines of the trackage they utilize.