Railroad Structures in Wisconsin

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  1. jonsom

    jonsom Been here awhile

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    It is interesting that there is completely different font on each side of the engine CN 6228.
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    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Not sure what your referring to Fronts on a engine.
    But each engine can go as fast forward as backward, there really is no difference.

    However on all engines there is a letter (F) painted on on end of it, that determines when giving signals weather you'd like the engineer to go forward or reverse.
  3. pigjockey

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    He is talking about the Engine # on the front of the engine has different style Number. Check out the engine on the bottom of the last page. Must of been a repair panel or something. CN #6228 vs. 6228 like the difference between those two #s
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    Sherwood Depot

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    Lyndhurst Depot

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    SEVEN KILLED IN SHAWANO WRECK.

    NORTHWESTERN TRAIN IS SMASHED UP BY WASHOUT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

    MIKE MALLOY WAS INJURED -- WAUSAU BASEBALL TEAM ON PASSENGERS WHEN CRASH COMES; SOME ARE HURT.

    The dead:
    JOHN JONES, engineer, Green Bay, Wis.
    CHARLES E. BUSHEY, conductor, Milwaukee, Wis.
    GEORGE MARX, brakeman, Milwaukee, Wis.
    CARROLL BENNETT, baggageman, Antigo, Wis.
    STEWART D. SHELDON, express messenger, Milwaukee, Wis.
    ALEX SCHOELLES, mail clerk, Clintonville.
    W. S. CALKINS, passenger, Shawano, Wis.

    Seriously injured:
    GLENN DAVEY, shortstop Wausau baseball team; arm injured, may have to be amputated.
    WILLIAM KERWIN, pitcher; skull possibly fractured.
    Manager MIQUE MALLOY of Wausau ball team.
    WALTER DEMMER, right fielder; bruised.
    JOHN BROWN, second baseman; bruised.
    Umpire FRANK MURPHY; slightly bruised.
    Fireman FRANK ORGEMAN of Green Bay; scalded.

    Shawano, Wis., Sept. 2 -- Seven men were killed and twenty-five injured, several fatally, when the Northwestern railroad's Chicago and Ashland limited train was wrecked between Bowler and Lyndhurst, nine miles west of Shawano, early Sunday morning.

    Hits Washout.

    The train was speeding southeast, and ran into a washout between Bowler and Lyndhurst shortly after 2:30 o'clock.

    The engine was thrown to one side, the smoker was thrown fifty feet to the right and a Pullman sleeper, occupied by two men was thrown thirty feet to the left, injuring all of those in the car. The baggage car, which was immediately in the rear of the engine, was telescoped, pinning four of those killed under the wreckage. The roof of the baggage car was ripped off and thrown fifty feet.

    Three Sleepers Derailed.

    The first, second and third sleepers were derailed, but the four coaches following remained on the tracks.

    Among the more seriously injured were several members of the Wausau baseball team of the Wisconsin-Illinois league. WILLIAM KERWIN, formerly of the Chicago Cubs pitching staff, probably will never pitch again. His skull was fractured and he was taken to Chicago in a serious condition. GLENN DAVEY, shortstop, likely will lose his arm.

    The LaCrosse Tribune Wisconsin 1912-09-02

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    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Cannon:

    Thanks for your effort in posting this is some interesting stuff! Might be some good riding finding some of whats left.

    WRW
  7. Cannonshot

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    I'm glad some folks are enjoying it. It is kind of fun digging some of this stuff out and exploring some of the locations.

    I think we have about 20% photographed right now. I'm looking forward to taking some longer trips in the spring to track down some of this stuff. In drawing out some potential routes to thread some locations together, you end up following some of the old routes of the trains.

    This is going to be a pretty comprehensive collection of photographs of railroad structures in Wisconsin. From what I have seen this will be the most complete Wisconsin web collection of the current state of structures (by far).

    Looking forward to more contributors as the weather gets better!
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    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    I'm in central Iowa and don't need much of a excuse to go riding.
    If your looking to someone to go do some exploring get a hold of me.
  9. Cannonshot

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    Gresham Depot

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    The depot was opened in 1907. The original line here was the Wisconsin Northern which was nicknamed "The Whiskey Brothers". The Soo Line took it over in 1921.

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    Up until about 1940, all freight was shipped here via rail as there was no truck service during that time. Once freight was dumped at the depot, draymen would deliver it around town. The mail also came by rail.

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    The depot was closed in 1963. In 1974 it was moved to this site and is now a musem.

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    Shawano Depots

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    1904 CNW Depot

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    The 1907 Wisconsin and Northern Depot is no longer. They recently tore it down.

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    There are still a couple of pix on Google Maps Streetview.

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    A guy wrote a letter to the newspaper to express his desire that the station be preserved before the railroad went to work destroying it. Here is part of his text which gives some history of the railroad.

    "The Wisconsin and Northern Railroad, which eventually connected Neenah to Argonne, was begun in 1906 and completed by 1920. The railroad was constructed in a number of unconnected sections beginning with a right of way south of Crandon and finishing with the completion of the right of way between Shawano and Neenah, via Black Creek and Appleton.

    The Wisconsin and Northern brought economic prosperity to the city and county of Shawano, especially during the twilight years of the logging industry’s activities in the Wolf River Valley. This was at a time when hardwood timber was being cut between Shawano and Argonne and could not be transported by water, as hardwood logs had a tendency to sink within a few hours of being placed in the Wolf River for the purposes of driving them southward to the sawmills in the Fox River Valley. Instead, the Wisconsin and Northern Railroad moved these logs to the sawmills adjacent to its right of way via long trains of gondolas.

    The Wisconsin and Northern Railroad depot in Shawano was the divisional office for the railroad, a mover of products that served pallet and box factories, sawmills, coal distributorships, a large condensery and creamery, and many of the commercial enterprises located on Main and Green Bay streets in the city.

    The freight that moved to, and through, the city of Shawano via the railroad was governed by decisions made in that depot. Prior to the extension of the right of way of the Wisconsin and Northern Railroad south of Shawano, a connection had been made, in Shawano, with the St. Paul Eastern Grand Trunk (C&NW) Railroad, which connected Oconto and Clintonville. This connection permitted the movement of goods via that connection toward the east and the south of the state.

    The Shawano depot was erected during the first year of construction of the Wisconsin and Northern Railroad. The promoters of the railroad, which included Mike Wallrich, a native son of the city, were confident that their project of connecting the Northwoods to the Fox River Valley would produce a viable organization that would serve the needs of the nearby residents.

    One only need to travel to Gresham, or perhaps a bit farther north to White Lake, to enjoy other restored depots of the Wisconsin and Northern Railroad that serve today as museums and as reminders of a passed age when railroad was king.

    The former Wisconsin and Northern depot in Shawano should be acquired and restored to its previous Victorian splendor before the Canadian National Railroad brings in its “destruction” equipment and levels the building, and the good citizens of the county, in thoughtful hindsight say, “coulda’ been, shoulda’ been.”


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    Might be fun to get a few folks together to knock off a bunch of these . . . once the weather turns. :D
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    That would be Great!
    The weather has turned down here (+3) but Bad!
    Good thing the wind isn't blowing!
    Siting here wondering what the desert southwest is like today?
  13. pigjockey

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    -31* wind chill here this morning, " perfect day to lick the rail",:knary
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    Burlington Depot

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    Springfield depot.

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    This was once part of a branch line of the Milwaukee Road. As they went bust they abandoned it. The state converted the line to a recreation trail.

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    The depot is now a coffee shop and a bike rental place.

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    Nice old building along the rails across from the depot.

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    Elkhorn Depot

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    Collision on the Racine and Mississippi Road - Five Persons Killed and Twenty-five Wounded.

    CHICAGO, Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The 4:30 P. M. passenger train on the Racine and Mississippi Railroad, going from Racine to Freeport, was run into last night at Delavan, Wisconsin, by a freight train, which had flagged from Racine.

    Five passengers were killed and twenty-five wounded, some, it is feared, fatally.

    The names of the killed by the collision are as follows:

    Mr. BAKER, produce dealer, of Delavan, Wisconsin.

    MORGAN SEAVERNS, of Darien.

    Mrs. DAVIS, of Sharon.

    A son of Mr. CATLIN,

    And a son of Mr. STOPFUL, of Delavan.

    The train had on board a large party of excursionists, returning from a County Fair at Elkhorn, several of whom were seriously injured.

    The New York Times, New York, NY 17 Oct 1860
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    Pell Lake Depot

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    Now restored as a house.

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    Walworth Depot

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    Darien Depot

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    Train wreck from nearby Delavan.

    THE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.

    The following list of the wounded at the railroad catastrophe at Delevan on the 14th inst., and the verdict of the coroner's jury in the case, is copied from the Delevan Journal: --

    Badly Wounded:

    DELOSS BECKER, Delavan.
    MR. G. L. BAKER, boarding at the Exchange Hotel -- produce purchaser for eastern market -- supposed to be fatally injured; taken to the house of DR. HARRIS.
    A son of JOHN MERRILL, State Line, back badly hurt.
    JOHN SCHUYLER TOPPING, Darien -- leg broken.
    WM. ZUILL, Johnstown -- badly hurt internally.
    STICKLES, a deaf mute -- ankle broken.
    GEO. PIERCE, brakeman.
    MRS. ALBERT, of Darien.
    MARY ANN SHANNON, Delavan, niece of MRS. SEAMAN.

    Not Severely Wounded:

    ISAAC FLANSBURGH, Sharon.
    WM. KITELY, Sharon.
    MRS. DR. GASTON, Delavan.
    CAPT. R. N. WEED, Delavan.
    MRS. REYNOLDS, Darien.
    HENRY HUNT, Delavan.
    A MR. SMITH, of Clinton.
    Z. G. McCOY, deaf mute teacher, Delavan.
    H. M. ROLFE, Delavan.
    MRS. SMOTHERS, Darien.

    The Verdict.

    An inquisition taken at Delavan, county of Walworth, in the state of Wisconsin, on the 15th day of September, 1860, before NEWTON McGRAW, one of the justices of the peace in said county, upon the view of the body of MRS. SARAH DAVIS, GEORGE CATLIN, GEORGE STUPFELL, GEORGE BAKER, and MARGARET SEAMAN, there dead, by the jurors whose names are herunto subscirbed, who being duly sworn to enquire, on behalf of the people of this state, when, in what manner, and by what means the said MRS. SARAH DAVIS, GEORGE CATLIN, GEORGE STUPFELL, GEO. GAKER, and MARGARET SEAMAN came to their death, upon their oaths do say: That the said deceased, and each of them, came to their death on the evening of the 14th of September, 1860, while in the cars of the passenger train at rest at the depot in the village of Delavan, by being run into by a train of freight cars coming from the east. That said collision and the death of said deceased, and each of them, was caused through the gross negligence of T. J. COPELLE, the conductor of the passenger train; and through the gross negligence of W. H. EASTMAN, the conductor, and A. L. OWEN, the engineer of the train of the freight cars; and through gross negligence and want of efficiency of R. D. KETCHINGMAN, the brakeman on the passenger train.

    In testimony whereof, the said justice of the peace, and the jurors of this inquest, have hereunto set their hands, the day and year aforesaid.
    W. C. ALLEN, Foreman.
    E. B. GATES.
    JAMES ARAM.
    C. H. STURTEVANT.
    C. BETTS.
    SALMON THOMAS.
    NEWTON McGRAW, Justice of the Peace.

    Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1860-09-21


    Collision on the Racine and Mississippi Road - Five Persons Killed and Twenty-five Wounded.

    CHICAGO, Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The 4:30 P. M. passenger train on the Racine and Mississippi Railroad, going from Racine to Freeport, was run into last night at Delavan, Wisconsin, by a freight train, which had flagged from Racine.

    Five passengers were killed and twenty-five wounded, some, it is feared, fatally.

    The names of the killed by the collision are as follows:
    Mr. BAKER, produce dealer, of Delavan, Wisconsin.
    MORGAN SEAVERNS, of Darien.
    Mrs. DAVIS, of Sharon.
    A son of Mr. CATLIN,
    And a son of Mr. STOPFUL, of Delavan.
    The train had on board a large party of excursionists, returning from a County Fair at Elkhorn, several of whom were seriously injured.
    The New York Times, New York, NY 17 Oct 1860
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    Avalon Depot

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    Moved from original location. Now a dwelling.

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