Well, I had some fun chasing haunted locations in Wisconsin and waterfalls in the region, so I thought it might be interesting and fun to go after railroad structures. Some people looking for a riding destination might have fun going to some of these locations to take a snapshot. I have a GPS file with about 400 significant railroad structures waypointed. Riders can use the file to make some day rides to take photos of these structures and share them with the rest of us. The structures include a variety of depots, stations, round houses, towers, significant bridges, yards, interurban stuff, and the like. Most of the waypoints I created are spot on as I verified them using aerial imagery when I built the file. Some are a little indistinct and require some looking around. Some facilities have been moved a bit or converted to houses or other uses. Usually it is pretty easy to track things down since these are associated with existing or former railroad rights-of-way. If you find a location that needs correction, let me know and I’ll update the file. There is a lot of history associated with some of these structures. At one time, railroads were the transportation backbone of the state. It is also interesting to post a historic photo of the depot or facility from back in the heyday along with a photo of its current state. Old photos are easily found with a web search or on town historical society web pages. I’ve created an index of sites by county and will indicate which sites have been covered by which inmate as pictures are posted. Feel free to add any existing photos you have. Together we will produce a pretty interesting collection of railroad history for Wisconsin! Probably not the best idea to introduce this just as the usual riding season closes as the opportunities for a ride on clear roads are pretty infrequent for a while. Although the intent is that this will be done via motorcycle, no one will complain if you grab some of these while you are in another conveyance – including a boat. Here are some overview maps. Every now and then I’ll post an update that changes waypoints from blue to green for those locations we have already documented. Have fun! Pan and zoom 1900 railroad map of Wisconsin. Blue pins mean site has not yet been photographed for this thread. Green pins have been photographed, but may not have been posted yet. Red pins mean structure is now gone. <!-- attachments --> A little safety review to remind us of potential hazards in pursuing some of these sites. Most of these structures are no longer associated with active rail lines. However, some are. For those that might visit some of these locations to take photographs, it is important to understand the issues concerning trespassing on railroad property. Most developed facilities are well signed as to the limits of where a visitor is allowed. Railroad rights-of-way are generally not open to public travel and being on the property is trespassing. When riding or stopping to take photos around railroads, safety is important. Here are some facts to consider: -A person or vehicle is struck by a train on average about every three hours. -In 2012, 908 pedestrians were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks. -In 2012, 1193 people were injured or killed at railroad grade crossings. -Many towns have "no horn" ordinances so trains may not routinely give audible warning of their approach. Some trains, like Amtrak passenger trains, are relatively quiet as they approach. By the time you perceive the train, you may not be able to react in time to avoid problems. -A typical freight train can take more than a mile to stop - even when applying emergency braking. -It is never safe to stop closer than 15 feet from rails. A train is at least 3 feet wider than the rails. -95% of rail-related deaths involve drivers trying to beat a train or people trespassing on the tracks. -More than 50% of people injured or killed while trespassing on tracks have drugs or alcohol in their system. -We all know that wearing protective headwear and earplugs may degrade our ability to perceive an approaching train at an "unprotected" grade crossing. It is also important to recognize that some of the extant structures are now in the hands of private individuals and are not on public land with public access. Please respect private property in pursuing some of these structures. 256 of 417complete. (61%) Removed previous GPX and replaced it with updated revision on 25 Jan 15.