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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Cannonshot, Nov 22, 2014.
Richland Center Depot
The lady that lived here told me this is one of four remaining two story depots. The train crossed the river right here, but the depot was relocated here from a block away. A carpenter converted the depot into a four bedroom house.
Toy Train Barn Argyle
South Wayne Depot
Darlington Depot (someone got this but I wanted to get the separate freight depot as well).
I couldn't find this one as it had been moved. I asked a man on the street if he knew about it and he led me to the site with his UTV. He told me about the depot and then told me about how when he was a kid he and a friend used to get the station master in Cuba City to allow them to ride in the caboose on the dead end run to Benton. Once in Benton, they would have to help turn the small steam engine around on the turntable there for the return trip. He told me some other things about railroads in the area from years gone by. Always nice to hear people tell their personal experiences from long ago when these things were still active.
I was told the building is the old depot. I don't think so. The town had an old wooden depot that is no longer present at the site. Not sure what happened to it.
Tried to get a look at the Woodman Bridge across the Wisconsin River. Couldn't get close enough to it.
This is the old Woodman Depot. It has been moved and remodeled. The gentleman that just bought it was working in the yard so we got to chat for quite a while about history, the depot, and a variety of topics. He too is a rider and enjoys history. Another great experience talking with the people you meet along the way.
Fennimore even has a restaurant that is built to resemble a depot.
Bridgeport bridge across Wisconsin River.
Prairie du Chien
Milwaukee Rd Depot
Junk out on the island where the maintenance building was supposed to be.
Depot Gays Mills (been added on to)
LaCrosse Amtrak Depot
Melting the contents of tank cars outside a chemical plant in LaCrosse.
Tower from the Grand Crossing in LSE
The Grand Crossing in LaCrosse
BNSF Yard LSE
RR Bridge in LSE - Black River
South of Viroqua
There a lot of cool railroad tunnels in this area. To explore them, you need to be on a bicycle since the RR grade is a bike trail. One is close to a mile long.
This looks like an old fire trap hotel across from the railroad line.