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Date: 10/17/20 11:03
ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: hawkfather

Summit, 12/31/78



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/20 13:10 by hawkfather.




Date: 10/17/20 16:34
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: Ritzville

NICE, been along time since seeing a Rock autorack.

Larry



Date: 10/17/20 19:09
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: SPDRGWfan

Very nice!

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Date: 10/17/20 19:17
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: Fortyfooter

Perfect, can't say I have seen many pictures of these thanks for sharing!



Date: 10/17/20 20:08
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: WrongMain

I agree, nice shot of a fairly rare car!  Where were Ford vans made?



Date: 10/18/20 08:34
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: NYSWSD70M

WrongMain Wrote:
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> I agree, nice shot of a fairly rare car!  Where
> were Ford vans made?

Back then - Lorain, OH on the N&W.



Date: 10/19/20 22:14
Re: ROCKin a new van...aka a THE ROCK autoc (van) carrier
Author: arelpy

The Ford Lorain Asembly Plant was served directly by CR (NYC); the station name was Fairlane. 
N&W (NKP) ran right along the Lake Erie shoreline, on the north side of the plant.  But a busy 4-lane highway - US 6 - stood between N&W and the Ford plant.
Some time in the 1970's, N&W built a small ramp for Ford (squeezed between their line and the US 6 fence), and a private road bridge was built over US 6 to connect the Ford plant to the N&W ramp.  The station name for the new ramp was Oakpoint, OH.  From that point forward, N&W was able to originate ML traffic from Lorain Assembly. 
After '99, NS no longer needed the Oakpoint ramp.  The buckloaders were removed long ago, but I understand that part of the lot is now being used for vehicle storage - perhaps by a local auto auction.



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