Railroad Structures in Wisconsin

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  1. Cannonshot

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    Milton Junction Depot

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    2014 Railmap of Wisconsin

    About 117 trains pass through Waukesha County each day.

    In order of frequency (least to most):
    Amtrak
    Wisconsin & Southern
    Canadian Pacific
    Union Pacific
    Canadian National

    The intersection of CP and CN rail lines in Duplainville is the busiest crossing in the county.

    Common cargo includes: oil from the Dakotas, frack sand, grain, fertilizer, rock salt, and shipping containers from Asia.

    Trains are trending longer, faster, and more frequent.
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    Edgerton Depot

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    STRUCK BY A TRAIN.

    Woman Near Edgerton Is Probably Fatally Injured.

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    Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 13.---A Journal special from Janesville says: MRS. S. ZAHN aged thirty-five., wife of a workingman and mother of two children, was struck by a Milwaukee-bound passenger train near Edgerton yesterday and received injuries that will probably prove fatal.

    The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 13 Sept 1907
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    Milwaukee Road Shops

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    Over 50 years ago, I lived near the massive site of the Milwaukee Road Shops. The shops operated from 1879 to 1985.

    The railroad had to move the river and fill in wetlands to create an additional sixty acres they needed for their 160 acre facility.

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    These guys made rail cars and locomotives for the Milwaukee Road - and a heck of a lot of them. They had metal forging, carpentry, welding, painting, and machine assembly operations going on.

    Back in 1907 these guys built 10 locomotives a month and 28 freight cars per day. By 1937 that had produced 668 locomotives and 67,000 freight cars. In 1922, this was the third largest railroad and rail car complex in the US. Between 1941 and 1950 the shops knocked out more than 20,000 freight cars, 165 cabooses, and 220 passenger cars including the cars for the Hiawatha trains.

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    The shops closed down in 1985 and eventually the valley was reclaimed by things like stadium parking lots and new buildings for business.

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    SEVEN KILLED IN DISASTROUS COLLISION ON THE ST. PAUL ROAD AT WEST MILWAUKEE.

    Milwaukee, Wis., March 1. -- The bodies of seven mechanics employed in the car shops of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Road at West Milwaukee are lying in the morgue, mute witnesses to the criminal carelessness of a switchman.

    They had just finished their day's work in the shops of the company, and were returning to their homes in the city on what is known as the
    "workmen's train," together with about 175 or 200 others who were crowded into the coaches.

    The train is due at a point near the Union Station at 4:20 o'clock in the Winter months, as is also the Watertown local, a passenger train run for the accommodation of suburban residents.

    The workmen's train was running on a parallel track. When the local reached Eighteenth Street it ran in upon the switch of a short track connecting the parallel tracks.

    The trains were running side by side as the local sped in on the little cross track.

    EMIL BARTELL, switchman, had left the switch open. The result was that the local, running at the rate of fourteen miles an hour, sped swiftly into the middle coach of the workmen's train, and before the engineer could reverse his machine he had crashed into the centre of the slowly-moving trainload of mechanics.

    The occupants of the coach had no warning of the impending danger, and in an instant they were being ground between the sides of the overturned car and the cinder-covered roadbed.

    The car was demolished and two others were overturned. A strange part of the accident is that there was only one injured, and that one but slightly.

    The work of recovering the bodies was begun at once. Patrol wagons and ambulances were soon at hand and in half an hour all had been removed to the morgue.

    BARTELL disappeared, but was arrested at 8 o'clock this evening.

    Identified Dead:

    STANISLAUS KATAAENSKI.
    JOHN GRUNSKOWSKI.
    PAUL WAGNER.
    ROBERT WIESE.
    FRANK PREISS, single.
    JOSEPH DERRINGER, single.
    JOHN F. DUESSING, married.
    The first three were married, the latter being a single man.

    New York Times New York 1892-03-02
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    Milwaukee Amtrak Station

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    Other end of the building where trains go in and out.

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    Wow, Buckaroos BBQ at Milton Jct has an FM switcher! This will be on my list for this spring.
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    Milwaukee Interurban Terminal

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    THROUGH A BRIDGE.

    FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT ON A MILWAUKEE STREET CAR LINE.

    CAN WENT THROUGH A DRAW.

    BREAKING THROUGH THE ICE OF THE RIVE --
    THREE BODIES RECOVERED.

    Milwaukee, Feb. 5. -- A trolley car of the Russell Avenue and Holton Street line ran through an open draw of the Kinnikinic Bridge at 8:30 a.m.

    The car struck endwise on the ice, through which it plunged into the water. The motorman was drowned, and at least two passengers are reported to have lost their lives. The car was bound toward Bayview and was pretty well filled with passengers when the accident occurred, but part of them were rescued without serious injury. The ice broke the windows of the car, which stood on end, and only partially filled with water. The first body recovered was that of a woman, who was taken out a few minutes after the accident.

    There were 10 or 12 people on the car, the exact number being unknown. Six were taken out alive and the others are all dead.

    The rescued were:

    W. P. SEVERY, hand cut.
    A. OERTEL.
    G. W. CHASE.
    H. KUEHN.
    R. BRAND.
    ELLA WACHHOLZ, hurt about the shoulder.

    The dead are:

    MISS EHLMAN, a kindergarten teacher in the Fourteenth district primary school and a daughter of Professor Ehlman, director of music in the public schools.
    JOHN KENNEDY, motorman of car 145.
    MISS SCHMIDTKUNTZ, employed at the National Knitting Works.
    The car was in charge of Conductor PETERSON.

    The bridge had been opened to permit the passage of the fireboat Foley, which was breaking ice in the Kinnikinic. The members of the Foley's crew rendered valuable assistance in rescuing those who were saved, and in recovering the bodies of the victims.

    From all accounts the accident seems to have clearly been due to the carelessness of the motorman, JOHN KENNEDY, but he stuck to his post in a vain endeavor to stop the car which he had permitted to approach too near the open draw, and paid the penalty with his life. The car struck endwise in the river and was submerged for about two-thirds of its length, the fact that it did not go to the bottom of the river, which is 18 feet deep at that point, being due to the presence of thick ice. This circumstance alone, it is believed made it possible to rescue any of the passengers.

    MISS SCHMIDKUNTZ'S body was the first recovered. Afterwards the body of MISS EHLMANN and the motorman were taken from the car. Two attempts were made to lift the car, but the chains broke each time. Police used grappling hooks on the wrecked car without effect, and it is now thought the list of dead will be limited to the three names given.

    Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1895-02-05
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    CNW Bridge and Tower Milwaukee/Menomonee River

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    This bridge was built in 1915 to replace an 1890 double track swing bridge.

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    The bridge is about 400 feet long.

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    The Twin Cities 400 passenger train ran from 1935 to 1963. It was called the 400 because it ran from Chicago to the Twin Cities in 400 minutes.

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    The train got here about 85 minutes after leaving Chicago.

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    One source says that the only passenger train running the Chicago to Twin Cities route now is the Amtrak Empire Builder and that the trip takes about 8 hours (not the 400 minutes it used to take).

    Anyway, the rails are gone and the bridge is in the open position. Someone is remodeling the tower on the north bank.

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    INTERURBAN TRAINS COLLIDE HEAD-ON; NINE DIE.

    MODEL RAILWAY FANS ON TOUR MEET WITH DISASTER.

    OWNER OF INTERURBAN LINE IN CHARGE OF ONE TRAIN AS CRASH OCCURS NEAR MILWAUKEE.

    Milwaukee, Sept. 2 (AP) -- A national convention of model railway fans opened tragically today when nine of them were killed and an estimated 50 injured in a headon crash between two special interurban trains.

    The dead:

    RAYMOND KRATT, 27, and his wife, MARIAN, 25, Chicago.
    JOHN WILLIAMS, Park Ridge, Ill.
    EMIL H. BECK, Detroit.
    WILLIAM GREENAWAY, Louisville, Ky.
    WILLIAM A. WIGHT, 25, Wauwatosa, Wis.
    CHARLES J. SULZBACH, about 27, Minneapolis.
    HUNTLEY G. BURROUGHS, Detroit.
    WILLIAM ROBERTS, about 40, Taylor, S.C.

    The collision, about nine miles from downtown Milwaukee, was between two special two-car excursion trains of the Milwaukee Rapid Transit and Speedrail Co. Delegates to the annual convention of the National Railroad Association had leased them for a sight-seeing trip.

    The forward cars of the two electrified trains were smashed to bits as one telescoped into the other, splitting the sides back like a banana peel. The rear coaches of both trains remained on the tracks.

    Owner At Controls.

    One of the trains, operated by JAY MAEDER, president of the railroad, was returning from its trip to suburban Hales Corners. The other was enroute there. Both trains were traveling on the same track.

    MAEDER, who told an Associated Press reporter he "jumped or was shoved" from the control booth of the inbound train before the crash, said "I have no idea of how it happened."

    "I saw the southbound train. coming around a bend about 200 yards away," MAEDER said. "I slammed on the brakes, but saw a collision was coming. I opened the door to the control room and I don't know whether I jumped or was shoved. Someone said he pushed me."

    "I have no idea of how it happened," MAEDER added. "Someone must have missed a signal."

    Worried About It.

    MAEDER, who purchased the Speedrail Company less than one year ago, said he had worried all last night about operating the special trains over his line which serves the southern and western Milwaukee suburbs. He said the model enthusiasts had arranged for five such trains for today's picture-taking trips and he was concerned about their operation along with regular daily trains.

    The motorman assigned to the run was with him in the control booth at the time of the crash, MAEDER said.

    The collision scene is only a few blocks from a heavily traveled beltline highway carrying traffic around the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Many of the cars carrying Labor Day weekend vacationers turned off at the site, checking movement of emergency vehicles.

    The injured were taken by ambulance to Milwaukee county general hospital, only a few miles away, until the emergency room was too overcrowded to handle more. The rest were taken to another institution.

    Cut Bodies Out.

    Workers with acetylene torches cut the twisted steel from around bodies of the dead and injured. Many of those hurt were trapped in the wreckage.

    A passenger told of diving to the floor to save himself when he heard "screeching brakes." Later, after crawling through a shattered window, he said he found a man with one leg torn off lying beside the tracks. He administered a tourniquet.

    Logansport Press Indiana 1950-09-03
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    CP Menomonee River Bridge

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    This bridge was built back in 1904.

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    KILLED BY FAST TRAIN

    Milwaukee, Wis. - (UP) - Nicholas Licht, 45, Kaukauna, a Northwestern railroad brakeman, was killed by a speeding passenger train here today.

    From the engine cab of his freight train, Licht stepped off to examine a defective brake. The freight was proceeding south about five miles an hour.

    Meanwhile the northbound express passed on the adjoining track at a speed of 50 miles.

    Licht's body was found by members of the freight crew. He had apparently not seen the approaching passenger train.

    The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 30 Dec 1931
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    That is tragic! Railroading has, a will continue to be very dangerous! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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    Of course, that was from 1931 . . . but it could easily have happened today.
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    Milwaukee Road Depot (built into a bridge over National Ave)

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    FIVE CATTLE KILLED IN WRECK IN YARDS

    A stock car filled with cattle was derailed and five head of cattle were killed in the Milwaukee yards this morning between six and seven o'clock. Work was going on in the yards at laying the rails on the "Y," and one of the rails had not yet been fastened securely into position. While the stock train was being switched, it was backed onto this rail, and the rail giving way, let one of the cars roll over, with the result that five of the cattle were killed. As the train was moving very slowly, it as [sic] possible to stop it very quickly and the damage did not extend beyond this one car. The main track was not occupied so that traffic was not delayed at all by the accident. The train consisted of twenty-seven cars of cattle which were being shipped from old Mexico to the range west of the Missouri.

    The Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 24 Aug 1909
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    CNW Freight Depot
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    Milwaukee - Kinnickkinnic River Bridge

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    Milwaukee Harbor across from the bridge.

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    Completed the in-person portion of some training to make presentations related to safety around railroads. Seems like a big jump in fatalities and incidents led to the railroad companies contributing money to support an organization to address the problem through education in communities. Turns out the efforts produced a significant reduction in these incidents. This is a program that spans the globe with nearly every country participating. This phase was conducted today at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay (a worthwhile stop in itself).
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    Was that Operation Lifesaver?
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    Yep. I was just looking at the roster of people participating in Wisconsin. Looks like a lot of railroad employees - particularly railroad police from the various outfits. A variety of others including the state commissioner. Looks like a good program. Must be around 60 people involved. I'm sure they could use more here and in other states as well.
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    I have been a presenter for 15 years. Kinda have backed out of it for various reasons. Message is Great! Political Correctness and organizational politics, Not so much. Sometime we should talk.

    Wayne