Wisconsin Northern Railroad
Arlyn says, "The following pictures may look like the rerailing of the last car was easy but it was anything but. A steady rain made men and equipment wet and the mud was difficult for machines to operate in."

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Thursday, April 24, 2008 - Barron, Wisconsin
Day Three
Here's the task at hand:

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Since 34 wouldn't be able to pull the loaded car up on rail by itself, 1500 was brought in to MU with 34.

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First job is to replace some of the ties to stabilize the rail. Removing old ties:

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Putting new ties in.

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The front truck rerailed quite easily.

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But the back truck was quite another issue. Part of the problem was the wheels had to be elevated so the hopper wouldn't be damaged. Wedges were cut from blocking.

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While this was going on, other workers started replacing the old track from yesterday.

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OK, let's give it a try. Back truck going up.

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Unfortunately, the wheel on the other side slipped off the outside of the rail. Note the rain drops.

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The rail had slid so both sides had to be torched to try and line them up again.

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Here we go again. One wheel on!!

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The last wheel rolls on!!!!

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All cars back on TOP of rail!!!

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Arlyn says, "That's great but there's a lot of work to do yet. A lot of track has to be rebuilt. The 2 "empty" plastics cars in Barron are actually full and needed by Pliant Plastics. Jenny O-Turkey Store needs the 2 isolated loads and the loads that were left in Cameron. Tuesday's interchange hasn't been touched and there's another interchange coming tonight. The rest of today and tomorrow will be really busy days for the crew. Hopefully next week will be back to normal. Life on a shortline!!!"
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