NEO Railroad began when they bought out the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri Railroad in 1919. This address was first mentioned as a business office in 1944, although the building is probably much older than that.
In the 60’s, NEO railroad stayed busy servicing Goodrich. I have childhood memories of hearing the engines at work bringing carbon black in and taking tires out, as I was at nearby Nichols School. In 1964, they were acquired by Frisco, but continued to operate as NEO Railroad.
The need for rail service to the Goodrich site ended with the plant’s 1987 closure. NEO’s tracks are still all over town, but no traffic has been on them since Reagan was President.
Neil Norton announced this auxiliary car lot the same year he moved into his new business at the north end of this block.