Sound Studio in the Shadow of the Boston & Albany: Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dennis LeBeau was giving me a tour of post-industrial Worcester.

We called into ‘The Space Studios’ located in old brick factory buildings immediately north of CSX’s former Boston & Albany mainline near Webster Street. The building complex once hosted an array of sidings, including a small coal trestle.

 

Once a factory; today artist and music studios.
Once a factory; today artist and music studios.
Decades ago this site was a hotbed of industrial activity. If you look carefully you can see the supports for an old coal trestle. Lumix LX7 photo.
Decades ago this site was a hotbed of industrial activity. If you look carefully you can see the supports for an old coal trestle. Lumix LX7 photo.

Inside the studio Dennis’s son Tommy LeBeau was recording The Green Sisters who were energetically performing traditional Bluegrass with a variety of stringed instruments.

Using my Lumix LX-7 to its best advantage, I made a few evocative images of the session.

Tommy LeBeau a The Space Studio in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Tommy LeBeau at The Space Studio in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Blue Grass live.
Blue Grass live.

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Big old fiddlehead. Old school craftsmanship.
Big old fiddlehead. Old school craftsmanship.
After the take; Listening to the playback.
After the take; Listening to the playback. A long long time ago I studied music and studio recording, but early on I changed course and photography adopted me.

So what’s this have to do with railroads? Not much really, but its all related. Sometimes when you look for one thing, you find something else.

Later in the afternoon Dennis and I reviewed a vintage collection of B&A photos depicting the Worcester area. In the last 115 years a great deal has changed.

There was no Lumix LX7 in 1901.

I wonder what Worcester will be like in 2131?

Tracking the Light Finds New Angles Every Day!

 

2 thoughts on “Sound Studio in the Shadow of the Boston & Albany: Worcester, Massachusetts.”

  1. These old buildings are slowly disappearing – hope this one survives – the recording studio is helping. Seems like I heard that there is a model railroad club somewhere in that area, might be in another old factory building.

    1. Yes, there is (or was), on the west side of Worcester in a sprawling 2 or 3 story wood building next to the B&A (not one of those glorious brick mills). They have not renewed their URL, so I’ll point you here:
      http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?15496-Club-near-Westfield-MA
      post #7:
      ” There’s the Worcester Club, then theres [sic] the Worcester Club.
      The Worcester Model Railroaders/Worcester Central Lines Club is in Dudley, MA. They meet twice a week if I am not mistaken, and they are still in the process of building their new layout.
      Real Model Railroaders, the club in Worcester, MA (which I belong to) occupys [sic] the old location of the Worcester Model Railroaders. In fact, RMR started when one of the members bought their old layout and started a new club because he didn’t want to see the beautiful old layout get destroyed. We are usually there Saturday after 1PM, Sunday after noon, and Wednesday in the late afternoons although the club’s president may be down there playing or working on the layout. Unlike the Dudley club, members get to go down to the club any time they want and play or work.
      The CSX B&A main line is outside our front door! We get to play with models then run outside and see the real thing
      Real Model Railroaders is at 70 James st. However, we’re part of a complex that used to be a wire factory (so every unit is considered 70 James st since the front door to the wire factory was over there). Our front door is actually on Genesee st.
      Crossing over the James st bridge you can see some old disconnected sidings that the New York Central used to use to pick up coils of wire from the factory. (we have a piece of track sticking up out of our parking lot )
      Last edited by diburning; 02-02-2010 at 10:36 AM. ”
      Also search YouTube for “Real Model Railroaders” Worcester MA”.
      You might get further information from here:
      http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Joseph-Borbone/1615661729

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