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Old 11-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Railroad Structures in Wisconsin



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.









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.


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Index 1 (Adams Through Fond du Lac Counties)

Adams County
Adams Coal Dock
Adams Depot
Adams Yard
Grand Marsh Depot




Ashland County
Ashland Soo Depot Cannonshot
Ashland Soo Freight Depot
Ashland CNW Depot




Barron County
Barron Depot
Cameron Bridge
Cameron CNW Depot
Cameron Soo Depot
Dallas Depot
Rice Lake Depot
Rice Lake Tower
Rice Lake Mke Rd Bridge
Rice Lake Soo Bridge




Bayfield County
Cable Depot
Grandview Bridge 1
Grandview Bridge 2
Mason Depot Klasjm




Brown County
Green Bay Mke Rd Depot 1
Green Bay Mke Rd Depot 2
Green Bay CNW Fox Bridge
Green Bay CNW Depot
Green Bay Baird Creek Bridge
Green Bay Depot Nat RR Mus
North Green Bay GB&W Fox River Bridge
North Green Bay Roundhouse
North Green Bay Enginehouse
North Green Bay Yard Office Blue Mule




Burnett County
Danbury Maintenance Building
Danbury Bridge Klasjm
Siren Depot
Webster Depot




Calumet County
Chilton Freight Depot Cannonshot
Chilton Bridge Cannonshot
Hilbert Depot Cannonshot
Sherwood Depot Cannonshot





Chippewa County
Stanley Relocated Boyd Depot
Stanley Depot
Chippewa Falls Yard
Chippewa Falls Soo Bridge
Chippewa Falls CNW Bridge Klasjm
Chippewa Falls Irving Depot




Clark County
Colby Depot
Owen Soo Depot
Owen F&NE Depot
Tioga Depot
Willard Depot




Columbia County
Columbus Amtrak Depot Cannonshot
Columbus Mke Rd Depot Cannonshot

Doylestown Depot Cannonshsot
Merrimac Bridge
Pardeeville Belmont Hotel
Portage Amtrak Depot
Portage Freight Depot
Portage Yard
Portage Mke Rd Depot
Wisconsin Dells Amtrak Depot
Wisconsin Dells Bridge
Wyocena Depot




Crawford County
Bell Center Depot
Bridgeport Bridge
Gays Mills Depot
Prairie du Chien BNSF Depot
Prairie du Chien Mke Rd Depot
Prairie du Chien Mke Rd Freight Depot
Prairie du Chien Maintenance Building
Wauzeka Kickapoo River Bridge




Dane County
Basco Depot
Belleville Depot
Black Earth Depot
DeForest Depot
Madison Mke Rd Depot
Madison CNW Depot
Madison Round House
Madison Freight Depot
Marshal 1/3 Sized Railroad
Mazomanie Depot Klasjm
Middleton Depot
Morrisonville Depot
Stoughton Depot
Stoughton Depot 2
Waunakee Depot
Windsor Depot (in DeForest)




Dodge County
Atwater Depot
Beaver Dam Depot
Clyman Junction Coal Dock Cannonshot
Fox Lake Depot
Horicon Depot 1
Horicon Depot 2
Horicon Engine House
Juneau Depot
Knowles Produce Cannonshot
Lomira Depot Cannonshot
Rolling Prairie Depot




Door County
Sturgeon Bay Sawyer Depot freeflow
Sturgeon Bay A&W Depot freeflow
Sturgeon Bay A&W Freight Depot freeflow

Sturgeon Bay A&W Engine House Ted Ellis




Douglas County
Blueberry Depot
Gordon Freight Depot
Gordon Depot
Maple Depot
Saunders Tower
Solon Springs Depot
Superior NP Depot
Superior NP Maintenance Building
Superior Yard
Superior NP Freight
Superior NP Depot 2
Superior NP Enginehouse
Superior LST&T Enginehouse
Superior Soo Depot
Superior Soo Freight
Winneboujou Depot




Dunn County
Colfax Depot 1
Colfax Depot 2
Menomonie Depot 1
Menomonie Depot 2
Menomonie Bridge
Menomonie Junction Depot




Eau Claire County
Allen Depot
Altoona Depot
Eau Claire Mke Rd Bridge
Eau Claire Tower
Eau Claire Mke Rd Bridge 2
Eau Claire Soo Bridge




Fond du Lac County
FDL CNW Depot Cannonshot
FDL Interurban Depot Cannonshot
FDL Engine Cannonshot
North FDL Depot Cannonshot
North FDL Shop Cannonshot
North FDL Yard Office Cannonshot
North FDL Caboose Cannonshot
North FDL Roundhouse papalobster
Malone Depot Cannonshot


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Index 2 (Forest Through Marinette Counties)

Forest County
Crandon Depot
Laona Depot (Pcs from Starks and Dunbar Depots) Klasjm (need more of depot)




Grant County
Boscobel Depot
Cuba City Depot
Fennimore Depot Klasjm
Hazel Green Depot
Woodman Depot
Woodman Bridge




Green County
Brodhead Depot
Juda Depot
Martintown Depot
Monroe Depot
Monticello Depot
New Glarus Depot
Belleville Tunnel




Green Lake County
Berlin Depot
Green Lake Station Depot
Markesan Depot




Iowa County
Avoca Depot
Highland Depot
Mineral Point Depot
Ridgeway Depot




Iron County
Mercer Depot Cannonshot




Jackson County
Alma Center Depot
Black River Falls Freight Depot
City Point Depot
Hatfield Depot
Hixton Depot
Millston Depot
Merillan Depot
Merillan Maintenance




Jefferson County
Jefferson Depot Cannonshot
Jefferson Junction Maintenance Building Cannonshot
Lake Mills Depot Cannonshot
Watertown Depot Cannonshot




Juneau County
Elroy Depot
Elroy Tunnel




Kenosha County
Kenosha IC Depot
Kenosha IS Depot
Kenosha CNW Depot
Kenosha CNW Freight Depot
Kenosha Streetcar




Kewaunee County
Kewaunee Depot




LaCrosse County
LSE Soo Depot
LSE Black River Bridge
LSE Tower
LSE Freight Depot
North LSE Depot
North LSE Yard




Lafayette County
Argyle Depot
Darl;ington Depot
Darlington Freight Depot
Dunbarton Depot
Gratiot Depot
South Wayne Depot




Langlade County
Antigo Depot
Antigo Steam Engine Klasjm
Hollister Depot
White Lake Depot




Lincoln County
Tomahawk Mke Rd Depot
Tomahawk MT&W Depot




Manitowoc County
Collins Depot
Manitowoc SS Badger RR Ferry
Manitowoc CNW Bridge 1
Manitowoc CNW Bridge 2
Manitowoc Soo Bridge 3
Manitowoc CNW Bridge 4
Manitowoc Depot
Two Rivers Bridge




Marathon County
Athens Depot
Dancy Depot
Hatley Maintenance Building
Knowlton Bridge
Rothschild Interurban
Wausau Replica Depot
Wausau Mke Rd Depot
Wausau Freight Depot
Wausau CNW Depot




Marinette County
Amberg Depot
Cedarville Depot
Crivitz Depot
Marinette Mke Rd Depot
Marinette CNW Depot
McAllister Depot
Niagra Depot
Pembine Depot

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Index 3 (Marquette through Sauk Counties)

Marquette County
Oxford Depot
Packwaukee Depot
Westfield Freight Depot
Westfield Maintenance Building




Milwaukee County
Cudahy Depot Cannonshot
Butler Yard Cannonshot
Butler Engine House Cannonshot
Granville Replica Depot Cannonshot
Milwaukee CNW Tower Cannonshot
Milwaukee Mke Rd Depot Cannonshot
Milwaukee Mke Rd Menomonee River Bridge Cannonshot
Milwaukee CNW Menomonee River Bridge Cannonshot
Milwaukee CNW Kinnickinnic River Bridge Cannonshot
Milwaukee CNW Mke RIver Bridge Cannonshot
Milwaukee Lincoln Ave Freight Depot Cannonshot
Milwaukee Road Shops Cannonshot
Milwaukee Amtrak Cannonshot
Milwaukee Electric Interurban Cannonshot
South Milwaukee Depot Cannonshot
Wauwatosa Depot Cannonshot
Milwaukee River Bridge 57&Mill Cannonshot




Monroe County
Kendall Depot
Kendall Tunnel
Norwalk Tunnel 1
Norwalk Tunnel 2
Oakdale Depot
Sparta Depot
Tomah Amtrak
Tunnel City Depot
Tunnel City Tunnel




Oconto County
Stiles Junction Depot




Oneida County
Hazelhurst Depot
Rhinelander CNW Depot 1
Rhinelander CNW Depot 2
Rhinelander Soo Depot
Rhinelander Roundhouse
Three Lakes Depot
Woodruff Depot




Outagamie County
New London Depot
Seymour Depot Cannonshot




Ozaukee County
Cedarburg Freight Depot Cannonshot
Cedarburg Depot Cannonshot
Cedarburg Interurban Depot Cannonshot
Cedarburg Interurban Bridge Klasjm




Pepin County
Pepin Depot




Pierce County
Elmwood Depot
Hager City Bridge
Prescott Bridge Klay
Prescott Tower Klay





Polk County
Amery Soo Depot 1
Amery Soo Depot 2 (Joel Depot moved)
Dresser Depot
Frederic Depot Klasjm
Lewis Depot
Luck Depot
Osceola Depot




Portage County
Amherst Junction Depot
Plover GB&W Depot
Plover Soo Depot
Stevens Point Soo Depot and Maintenance Building
Stevens Point Roundhouse




Price County
Kennan Depot
Park Falls Depot
Prentice Depot



Racine County
Burlington Depot Cannonshot
Caledonia Depot
Racine Mke Rd Engine House
Racine CNW Depot
Racine CNW Depot 2
Racine CNW Engine House
Racine Bridge
Racine RR Office
Racine Interurban Car Barn
Sturtevant Amtrak
Sturtevant Freight
Sturtevant Maintenance




Richland County
Gotham Depot
Richland Center Depot




Rock County
Avalon Depot
Edgerton Depot Cannonshot
Evansville Depot
Footville Depot
Janesville Yard Shack Cannonshot
Janesville Roundhouse Cannonshot
Janesville Freight Depot Cannonshot
Milton Depot Cannonshot
Milton Junction Depot Cannonshot
Orfordville Depot




Rusk County
Glen Flora Depot
Hawkins Depot
Ladysmith Depot
Ladysmith Replica Depot
Weyerhauser Depot




St. Croix County
Cylon Depot
Hudson Depot
Hudson Shops
New Richmond Depot




Sauk County
Baraboo Depot
Baraboo Circus World Train Barn
North Freedom (variety of stuff at RR museum) Klasjm
Reedsburg Depot
Sauk City Prairie du Sac Depot

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Index 4 (Sawyer through Wood Counties)

Sawyer County
Stone Lake Depot
Winter Depot




Shawano County
Eland Depot
Gresham Depot Cannonshot
Lyndhurst Depot Cannonshot

Mattoon Depot
Shawano CNW Depot Cannonshot
Shawano W&N Depot Cannonshot
(torn down)




Sheboygan County
Elkhart Lake Depot Klasjm, Cannonshot
Elkhart Lake Depot 2 Cannonshot
Plymouth Mke Rd Depot Cannonshot
Plymouth CNW Depot Cannonshot

Random Lake Depot Cannonshot
Sheboygan CNW Depot
Sheboygan CNW Bridge
Sheboygan S&M Depot
Sheboygan CNW Freight
Sheboygan CNW Bridge 2
Sheboygan Yard




Taylor County
Medford Depot




Trempeleau County
Blair Depot
Ettrick Depot
Whitehall Depot




Vernon County
Hillsboro Engine House
Viroqua Depot




Vilas County
Boulder Junction Depot
Eagle River Depot
Star Lake Depot




Walworth County
Darien Depot Cannonshot
East Troy Interurban Klasjm, Cannonshot
Elkhorn Depot Cannonshot
Pell Lake Depot Cannonshot
Springfield Depot Cannonshot
Walworth Depot Cannonshot
Whitewater Depot Cannonshot




Washburn County
Spooner Depot
Spooner Freight Depot
Spooner ROundhouse
Trego Maintenance Building




Washington County
Allenton Depot Cannonshot
Hartford Depot Cannonshot
Jackson Depot Cannonshot
Slinger Depot Cannonshot
West Bend Depot Cannonshot




Waukesha County
Brookfield Depot Cannonshot
Genesee Depot Cannonshot
Hartland Depot Cannonshot
Menomonee Falls Depot Cannonshot
Nashota Depot Cannonshot
North Lake Depot (former Trevor depot) Cannonshot
North Prairie Depot Cannonshot
Oconomowoc Main Depot Cannonshot
Oconomowoc TMER&L Depot Cannonshot
Okauchee Depot Cannonshot
Sussex Depot Cannonshot
Waukesha CNW Depot Cannonshot
Waukesha Soo Depot Cannonshot




Waupaca County
Iola Depot
Manawa Depot
Marion Depot Cannonshot
New London Depot
Waupaca Depot
Waupaca Freight Depot




Waushara County
Coloma Depot
Wautoma Depot




Winnebago County
Neenah Mke Rd Depot
Meemah CNW Depot
Neenah CNW Bridge
Oshkowh CNW Depot
Oshkosh CNW Freight
Oshkosh CNW Bridge Klasjm (since replaced with new bridge)
Oshkosh Soo Depot
South Oshkosh Soo Depot
Winneconne Depot




Wood County
Marshfield Depot
Milladore Depot
Wisconsin Rapids Yard
Wisconsin Rapids Roundhouse

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Oconomowoc Depot (Main)

Oconomowoc had enjoyed passenger service beginning in 1854.


In 1896, the railroad built this elegant depot.


The depot served about 65 trains per day. Not so long ago, there was regular commuter passenger service to Milwaukee here, but that died off. For a while, the WI DOT restored temporary passenger trains during periods of significant freeway construction.


Oconomowoc was a destination for many that came to enjoy their luxury resorts. Oconomowoc was known as the "Newport of the West".


Presidents Cleveland, Harrison, Grant, Taft, Coolidge, McKinley, and Teddy Roosevelt visited.


The restaurant that now occupies the depot added a restored dining car a while back. Since the restaurant and dining car are located along an active main line, you experience the close passing of trains during your meal.


FOUR KILLED IN ACCIDENT.

THREE SCHOOL CHILDREN DIE IN MISHAP.

Oconomowoc, Wis., Jan. 16, 1921 (AP) -- Three school children and a motorist were killed during a sleet storm late today when a fast Milwaukee freight train struck an automobile carrying six children to their homes near the outskirts of Oconomowoc.

The three other children were injured and hospital attendants said one may die.

The dead:
E. M. CHAFFEE, driver of the car.
PAULINE DORNFORD, 13 years old.
ROSS DORNFORD, 7 years old.
An eight-year-old son of Jess Gleisner.
The injured were:
ERNEST SCHACHTLER, 8, who probably will die.
KATHERINE CHAFFEE, 7.

Seven-year-old daughter of Jess Gleisner.

Logansport Press Indiana 1921-06-14
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Elkhart Lake Depot Museum

Visit this 100-year old railroad station which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It houses original depot furnishings, clippings, photos and memorabilia that chronicle Elkhart Lake’s community history.
Open June 1 through Labor Day.






1857
Mazomanie Railroad Depot
Oldest Wooden Depot in the Midwest





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Mazomanie Railroad Depot
Oldest Wooden Depot in the Midwest
Nice shots Jim! Looking forward to more.

Here is a shot of the Mazo depot back in the day.

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Stockfarm Bridge located on the banks of the Chippewa River about 11 miles southwest of Glidden.
Nice NF campground nearby














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Ashland Ore Dock
"looks kike a giant skyscraper laying in the Bay"

massive Wisconsin Central Railway (later Soo Line)
ore dock, built in 1916
to load iron ore mined in the area into freighters.

The last of what were once many such docks
said to be one of the biggest oredock in the entire world.
the concrete structure is 80 feet high and 75 feet wide
extended to 1,800 feet

last used to ship ore in 1965
trains stopped hauling iron ore to Ashland from the Gogebic Iron Range towns.

Canadian National Railway Co. owns it and due to its deteriorating condition was supposed to start initial work on demolition summer of 2009,
(Part of the dock is covered in lead paint. There is asbestos in the gear boxes that opened and closed the ore chutes. environmental hazard)

Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of the "10 most endangered historic buildings in Wisconsin".

However, a pair of peregrine falcons brought the demolition to a screeching halt. The birds of prey - which have protection as an endangered species in Wisconsin - were nesting on the historic structure

town folks want to help preserve,
the falcon seemed to be helping preserve.
But even birds cannot stop progress forever

Sadly in a few years it will only be a usable pier, as the ore dock's foundation is need to preserve the rest of Ashland's harbor from Lake Superior mighty storms



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The Steam Locomotive "PRAIRIE" style

was built in 1916 by the Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
brought to Laona for use in the logging industry

classification based on wheel arrangement.

The PRAIRIE style is a 2-6-2,
which means there are 2 leading wheels,
6 coupled driving wheels, and 2 trailing wheels.

The first American Prairie type
were built in 1900 by Brook
for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad
for use in the Mid-West prairies

















The Camp 7 caboose
is an 18 passenger "up in the air" cupola style caboose.
It was originally the Duluth, Mesabi, & Iron Range caboose #589
The Camp 5 caboose was Soo Line Caboose No. 147.



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Chicago & North Western

The 440 locomotive
is a 2-8-0 Baldwin constructed in 1900
and is a close relative of the Chicago and Northwestern 175
the last steam engine to travel through Antigo in 1957

During 1917, the peak year of railroad travel in northern Wisconsin
it is estimated that 77% of all freight
and 98% of all passengers traveled by rail

after the turn of the century,
railroads transported large quantities of agricultural goods to market
During its peak, the Antigo rail depot
saw 10,000 rail cars of potatoes pass through during the harvest season

railroad passenger service was secondary to the moving of timber

By World War I,
passenger increased their rail traveling in order to visit seldom-seen relatives
or even to shop in the big cities of Milwaukee and Chicago

from 1917 to 1950, the railroad operated
special cars carried fishermen on trips
to resorts in northern Wisconsin or Michigans Upper Peninsula

info from Langlade County Historical Society












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A useful tip . . .

For those that might make their way around some of these small towns, I came across something useful.

I picked up a guide to ma & pa restaurants around Wisconsin. Restaurants are listed by county along with useful information like location, hours, and what they are known for food-wise. That by itself is good for me, but the bonus is that there are $630 worth of $5 dollar off coupons in the book. Makes it easy to recover your investment. Nearly all of the 2014 coupons in the original book have been extended through 2015 and there is a separate insert with new 2015 coupons.

I have no affiliation, but I do enjoy stopping in small town cafes in my travels so I thought I would pass along the info because it relates to activities like we have in this thread.

Overview map of the distribution of the restaurants.

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something you wouldn't expect to see in Wisconsin,
an Alaska Railroad

Budd Rail Diesel Car
RDC or Buddliner
a self-propelled diesel unit railcar

1949 62,
398 RDCs were built
by the Budd Company
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


History
ARR 712-
#712 of the Alaska Railroad
Built:1951
(New York City's only Budd RDC-2)
owned by the Alaska Railroad since 1986

(RDC-2)- an 85 ft baggage and 70 seat passenger coach configuration
powered by two Detroit Diesel Series 110 diesel engines

RDC-1 - All-passenger configuration with control vestibules at each end.
RDC-2 - Mostly passenger with a small baggage compartment at one end.
RDC-3 - Half-passenger, half Baggage/Rolling Post Office.
RDC-4 - No passenger, half baggage/half RPO (only 73ft long)
RDC-9 - Powered Centre Car - no control vertibules, only usable as middle car with other RDCs.



Linky


photo taken September 2010 @ the Tomahawk Rail Yards,
Buddliner was on route to a special needs camp (www.eaglecovecamp.org)
near Rhinelander


















Marinette, Tomahawk & Western RR
No. 19

2-6-0
Circa 1924
located @ Tomahawk, Wisconsin





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