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Goodspeed Machine - Winchendon, MA

TomBoctou

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I recently visited the old Goodspeed Machine factory in Winchendon, MA. PM has a previous short thread about this place having all the original drawings of all the machines they made - hundreds of filing cabinets of blueprints. All those cabinets of blue prints are still there. There are still a few machines, but only a few. The building will likely be "rehabbed" soon so this would be a good photo opportunity for someone in industrial decay. The machines pictured are unloved and could likely be rescued for very short money.
 

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I love old buildings like that, but it's pretty clear it's not much longer for this world as it stands.

Who did you get in touch with to get permission to view the place? Or was this an "urban explorer" situation? Google says they have two locations?
 
A number of years ago I visited the site, which also or adjacent was the Baxter Whitney plant and snapped photographs. I remember the slotter shown in the photographs above, I leaned on it while chatting with someone renting the space. I didn't see the Fay & Scott lathe shown here nor the very uncommon Goodspeed table saw (if that is what it is I can't quite tell for sure) shown in the last photograph.
 
A number of years ago I visited the site, which also or adjacent was the Baxter Whitney plant and snapped photographs. I remember the slotter shown in the photographs above, I leaned on it while chatting with someone renting the space. I didn't see the Fay & Scott lathe shown here nor the very uncommon Goodspeed table saw (if that is what it is I can't quite tell for sure) shown in the last photograph.
Yep, that looks like a GN Goodspeed saw. My friend Ben has one just like it. That is a very nice piece. And so is the jointer. Those are not common. Jake
 
I love old buildings like that, but it's pretty clear it's not much longer for this world as it stands.

Who did you get in touch with to get permission to view the place? Or was this an "urban explorer" situation? Google says they have two locations?
There's a brewery/pub in the works for the site - "Bull Spit". One of the principals of the project gave me a tour. Apparently the town wants them to keep the building, there are adjacent structures that are collapsing but this one looks fixable. He said they'd likely keep some of the machines as decorations.
 
There's a brewery/pub in the works for the site - "Bull Spit". One of the principals of the project gave me a tour. Apparently the town wants them to keep the building, there are adjacent structures that are collapsing but this one looks fixable. He said they'd likely keep some of the machines as decorations.
I'm not a fan of what most see as "industrial art", but often it's better than the alternative for locations and old iron. If done right trying to preserve history, it's a good thing.
 
Hello,

Is there any update on the status of the building?
I see it was posted in April.
 
I bought my Gemco 20” Shaper that was sitting in that building. A very nice fellow named Dan was my contact and he took me around for a tour before helping me load the shaper.
 
I've told the story of the General Electric Buildings in Pittsfield, MA. This was the site of the former Stanley Electric Machinery Co. which was taken over by GE in the early part of the 20th Century and operated there until 1986.

The buildings were to be raized and an acquaintence learned of what had been developed there by William Stanley and others. Here in the labs were the original development notes of Stanley, Tesla, Steinmetz and others originators of our central station system. He attempted to "get in front of" disposal of this lab equipment, notes, and written documentation.

"You should have been here last week - we took away two similar dumpsters full of the same stuff."

He ended up taking the last of the three dumpsters to his home and immediately tried to interest the Smithsonian in these artifacts.

"We're full up of artifacts - besides - what is the SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE of these? We can only interest ourselves with the "social impact." (i.e. the impact of central grid electricity is not self-evident?)

Too busy exclaiming about The Real McCoy Steam Engine Lubricator. (i.e. read on Elijah McCoy and you'll understand why I say this.)

To my knowledge this collector still has all of this. A self-voted "custodian" of our past.

"Just doing the job the Smithsonian SHOULD be doing.".

Joe in NH
 
I sure hope the jointer and early table saw get saved. SAWoods, let us know how you make out w/ Dan. With a name like that it sounds like you're into wood-working machinery. SA Woods made great machines in Boston for a long time. Jake
 
Hi, yes, the Gemco Shaper is up and running and I am quite happy with it. I only wish it had a power downfeed but other than that, it’s a well made shaper with some manageable wear.

I will get some pictures posted in the next day or so.

Cheers.

Joe
 
jbacc
Thanks for the reply. I have a 24 in. G&E Industrial and wish I had the power down feed too. We are all looking forward to your photos and any recent work done with the Gemco.
 








 
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