|Wisconsin Northern Railroad|
|In early July Anita and I travelled to Wisconsin. I had a high school class reunion to attend, and while most of our time was spent in doing that and various family things, I was able to spend a bit of time with the Wisconsin Northern railroad.|
|Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin|
|I climbed the bank where hiway 178 crosses over the tracks at Norma to get this shot of the "Yard" by the plastics plant. The crew spent the morning putting together a train from the stuff left by UP the night before.|
|I may have encroached a bit onto the R-O-W to get this close-up of the "City of Bloomer."|
|After leaving Norma, the train is approaching Bloomer from the south.|
|Blazing along at track speed, approaching Bloomer...|
|Some hoppers, a boxcar, and several steel carriers for PMI in Bloomer trail the engine.|
|After leaving the boxcar on the Coop spur, the 1501 pushed the train on up to PMI, where loads were dropped and empties picked up.|
|Finished with their delivery and pickup at PMI, the train struggles up the hill into Bloomer.|
|Here's another old-timer with a green paint scheme.|
|Running north out of Bloomer for New Auburn, passing a farm typical of the pastoral landscape in this part of the world.|
...and 1501, the "City of Bloomer," tags along on the rear, ready to take charge whenever called upon.|
I ended the chase at this point, since I had to be back in Cadott for another engagement. Tomorrow is, however, another day.
|Thursday, July 13, 2006 - Barron, Wisconsin|
|About nine AM I headed north to find the train and her crew. I took hiway 53 north to Cameron, then turned east on hiway 8 to Barron. I didn't find the train there, but did find the old Soo Line depot. This is a view of the east end of the building as it exists today.|
|This view is of the west end.|
That same day, "Ken" posted a link to ebay auction # 6223052434, a postcard with a 1910 view of a train at the Barron depot.|
Click here to see the auction.
|I followed county hiway W back east to Cameron, and after determining that the train was already south of my position I set out in pursuit. I caught up with them about halfway to Chetek.|
|That's Shawn riding shotgun today; Dewey is handling the train. John is riding the Jeep, making the OS reports, and handling the switching duties.|
|The "City of Bloomer" leads the south-bound train today.|
|Arriving in Chetek around 10:45, the train crew discovers that they need to wait until 11:30 to pick up a boxcar. One of the many joys of shortline railroading...|
|With the boxcar cut in behind the lead locomotive, the Wisconsin Northern once more makes its way south.|
|Making her way through the lush Wisconsin landscape...|
|1501 leads her train across a short span that probably dates back to the days of the Omaha Road.|
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