Wisconsin Northern Railroad
After documenting the repairs on WN # 1500, Arlyn Colby discovered that the road crew had some covered hoppers on the ground back in Barron, Wisconsin. The crew at Norma had their work well in hand, so Arlyn hot-footed it back home to see what had happened there.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - Barron, Wisconsin
Day One
Arlyn says, "On Tuesday morning, April 22, as the WN crew was finishing switching Barron, 5 hopper cars derailed. 2 were empty plastics cars and 3 were loaded with turkey food."

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The 2 empty plastics cars were rerailed quite easily using a rerailing frog. They were then pulled by 1501 to the west side of Barron.

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The 3 loaded cars would pose much more of a problem. These would be pulled to the east by 34 (if possible).

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The first step was to cut (torch) the rail as the rail laying on its side would continue to tip as the cars would be pulled.

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While this was going on, the Jenny O-Turkey Store boys were using their trackmobile to get a loaded car on the west side of Barron.

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The workers worked hard trying to rerail the first car, but with one rail on its side and the heavy weight, the wheel didn't want to climb back onto the rail.

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SHOOT -- Almost had it!!

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After some more unsuccessful efforts, the day was called. Plans are to rerail it on Wednesday.              (Click here)
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