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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Cannonshot, Nov 22, 2014.
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Nice thread..... I am retired railroader and enjoy seeing the historical places.
Here is photo of the dinky engine my grand father operated in Sioux Lookout Ontario. He moved carloads of railway ties from the treating plant.
A friend of mine works at the Cooper Power plant on Lincoln Ave in Waukesha. He says they have been replacing concrete, and that when they dig out the old concrete, they uncover standard gauge rail. Its apparently all throughout the facility.
Anyone have any information on which rail company owned the building? It was built in 1897 and its right next to the CNW and the TMERL right of ways.
56 inches is standard gauge, and the deformations in the old concrete are roughly 57 inches apart....
These two outfits joined up in Waukesha around that time. Might be related.
North Greenfield & Waukesha Electric Railway
Waukesha Beach Railway
I grew up over in that area and have a friend that works there as well. I will ask him about it too..
Here is a GPX that has the remaining waypoints in it that haven't already been accounted for in this thread, Might be a reason for some people to take a local ride to take some pix of this stuff and post about it here. Please practice appropriate social distancing measures if visit some of these this season.
Index by county. Green lettering means they've been reported here.
Alright, let’s do some of these...
Coaling tower in Iowa County, near Montfort, on the former C&NW ‘Ridge Runner’ branch. Structure sits on land now leased by We Energies along US 18. (I respected the No Trespassing sign.)
Also in Iowa County, in the village of Highland, the remnants of the former Mineral Point & Northern depot.
The success of zinc mining in the area led to creation of a second railroad connecting Mineral Point: the Mineral Point & Northern RR. The purpose of this line was to bring zinc from Highland and Linden to the zinc plant in Mineral Point. The MP&N was a colorful, if modest, railroad whose employees furthered the entrepreneurial spirit in the area.
During the late 1920's, however, the success of zinc manufacturing in Mineral Point declined rapidly. By 1929, the former huge plant there had closed and was dismantled. With the loss of the zinc plant, the MP&N RR saw its fortunes also rapidly deteriorate. The MP&N RR was abandoned in 1930.
Still in Iowa County, in the city of Dodgeville, stands the ex-Illinois Central RR depot and district office. The line left the Freeport, IL-to-Madison secondary mainline near Scioto Mills, IL, and crossed into WI at Martintown.
East of Dodgeville, on not surprisingly Twin Bridges Road, is what’s left of a bridge that crossed both a creek, as well as the adjacent road, before joining back up with the raised right-of-way and continuing on towards Hollandale. You can see the super-elevation on the tops of the piers. Proof that this was a significant line, with significant rail, at some point. The line was its own operating district until approximately 1948 or 49 when it became nothing more than a little-used branch. The line would be abandoned sometime in the early-to-mid 1950s.
More Iowa County: Former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (Milwaukee Road) depot in Mineral Point. Depot is also the terminus for the Cheese Country recreational trail.
In better days: Daily mixed-train from Mineral Point, making all the stops to Milwaukee, via Monroe and Janesville. Taken sometime in the mid-1940s.
And the end of the line: Last train, operated by the Chicago, Madison & Northern, leaves Mineral Point, circa January 1984. (Depot is visible in the background.) Rails & ties, all the way to Monroe, would be pulled later that summer.
Wisconsin Railroads and Harbors Map 2020