Wisconsin Northern Railroad
Arlyn says, "On Thursday, July 24th, Mike Bearden of Cameron and I did a short railfan trip of the WN. We caught the train coming south into Bloomer."

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The train was coming back from Chetek with 2 centerbeam cars.

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They'll pick up engine 34 on the Bloomer Plastics siding and work their way back to Norma.

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We headed north and stopped at the CNW repeater between Bloomer and New Auburn.

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The building was locked but we looked around. We noticed 2 types of antennas. The tall one and apparently another system of 2 wires strung between 2 poles. The tall one looked older so I assume it was replaced with the 2-wire system.

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Part of the 2-wire system.

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Next to the repeater were 2 bridge ties in the track. They had a cable buried in the ballast between the ties and two angle bars spiked to them. I asked the section crew the purpose of this and they had no idea. Anybody else have an idea?? e06 - http://tinyurl.com/5o9tkj
Another view --

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We found the section crew at the curve on the west side of Cameron. They will be replacing 54 ties in this stretch. You can see the condition of some of the ties in this photo.

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How old are these ties? Up the line the crew found a tie with a date nail of 1948. This tie on the passing siding is dated 1984. Anyone know what the 04 means?? Maybe April?

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Hydraulics make hard work a lot easier. The old tie is slid out of place.

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New ties are really heavy but are slid into position by hand.

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Again, hydraulics make heavy work a lot easier as the tractor slides the tie in.

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Setting spikes in the tie plates.

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Again, hydraulics save a lot of work. Even though the jack hammer is very heavy, it is easier to use than hand spiking.

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Even though it is hard work in the hot summer, the section crew is very efficient in their efforts.

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