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By:Tom Dethmers
Dates:11/21/1985 - 7/1/1987
Album Info:I followed this line from about 1975 as a kid to the end in 1987 as the tracks were being removed. This is a set of shots from my last trip chasing the line in November, 1985 right near Thanksgiving as the line was on its last winter of operation. I may add some more pictures to this album of the Danbury Sub before and after this time.
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South bridge at Danbury
Title:  South bridge at Danbury
Description:  There are two bridges at the north and south end of Danbury, and this is the little seen bridge crossing the Yellow River at the south end of town.
Photo Date:  4/1/1981  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 2:00:50 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Bridge
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Danbury
Title:  Danbury
Description:  Looking east towards the railroad, you can see the large pile of pine logs awaiting loading. I think the Standard Oil company probably received cars by rail at one time, but pulpwood was the only thing left in the 1970s and 80s.
Photo Date:  4/1/1981  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 11:08:32 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Station
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Danbury Yard
Title:  Danbury Yard
Description:  Looking south down the main, from near the NSS, you can see the house track and siding where the pulpwood loads were switched for many years.
Photo Date:  8/1/1984  Upload Date: 8/22/2016 12:04:03 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Yard,Track
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North Danbury
Title:  North Danbury
Description:  Looking towards the WI/MN border you can see how close the NSS was to the bridge.
Photo Date:  8/1/1984  Upload Date: 8/22/2016 12:22:32 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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St. Croix Bridge at Danbury
Title:  St. Croix Bridge at Danbury
Description:  A deck view of the bridge as we look north into MN.
Photo Date:  8/1/1984  Upload Date: 8/22/2016 12:23:50 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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North Danbury
Title:  North Danbury
Description:  Looking south at the NSS, you can see that Soo Line kept things up, even on marginal branchlines. There is a switch broom and the track is much better than most CNW/Milwaukee lines in Wisconsin.
Photo Date:  8/1/1984  Upload Date: 8/22/2016 12:25:23 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Local Northbound
Title:  Local Northbound
Description:  Between Siren and Webster the local is heading north with 8 empties for Danbury.
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/14/2016 11:56:13 PM
Location:  Siren, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  136   Comments: 0
Yellow Lake
Title:  Yellow Lake
Description:  The local is on the east edge of Big Yellow Lake and will be arriving in Danbury in about 6 or 7 miles
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/14/2016 11:57:37 PM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  143   Comments: 1
Pulpwood by the car load
Title:  Pulpwood by the car load
Description:  The local is just arriving at Danbury and will spot the 8 empties on the track closest to me in the picture.
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/14/2016 11:58:57 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  110   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Just north of Lewis, there was a long curve, and the train will be arriving in Siren in about 5 miles.
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/15/2016 12:00:26 AM
Location:  Lewis, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  100   Comments: 0
Siren
Title:  Siren
Description:  There was a siding at Siren, that I am sure had not seen a meet since the 70s or maybe 60s! There was a little bit of business left here, and you can see the MP 83 sign on one of the telegraph poles.
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/15/2016 12:02:18 AM
Location:  Siren, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  131   Comments: 0
Webster
Title:  Webster
Description:  This was looking south at Webster, and there was still a propane distributor that received rail cars here. The siding and main were starting to look shaky near the end and the speeds were down to 25 mph.
Photo Date:  6/13/1985  Upload Date: 8/15/2016 12:03:54 AM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4421(GP38-2)
Views:  141   Comments: 1
Danbury Sub underpass
Title:  Danbury Sub underpass
Description:  At Boylston WI the line passed under the old GN/BN double track main line and then paralleled it for a few miles before xing on a diamond into Stinson Yard. This is looking north and is now a trail.
Photo Date:  7/15/1985  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 1:50:52 AM
Location:  Boylston, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Coming into the south end of Webster, the train has a load of propane for the local distributor
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:43:21 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
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Views:  97   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  A fresh coating of snow near Thanksgiving.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:44:16 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  148   Comments: 1
Spotting a customer
Title:  Spotting a customer
Description:  The 4452 backs up into the propane spur to spot. We received our 100 lb tanks from this distributor, so I literally could say we got our heat at the cabin via rail!
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:45:47 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  139   Comments: 1
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Here the brakeman is riding the propane load back into the gas spur. This train served Milltown, Centuria, Luck, Frederic, Siren, Webster and Danbury.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:49:48 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  105   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Thisis before the age of cheap video cameras. Super 8 movies cost about $3 a minute back in those days, so this was our version of motion pictures. Gas spur at Webster
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:47:59 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
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Views:  79   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Her the train is about 1/2 mile north of Webster crossing the Yellow River Bridge. The track was mostly good for 40 mph up til the end.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:50:48 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  140   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Passing on the east edge of Yellow Lake the train is about 5 miles from Danbury.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:51:36 PM
Location:  Webster, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  84   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Approaching the Oakland Township xing, the train is plowing through a recent 4-5 snow that had just fallen
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:52:57 PM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
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Views:  77   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  Approaching at about 30 mph, the fairly new GP38 is kicking up some snow.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:54:12 PM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  85   Comments: 0
Northbound local
Title:  Northbound local
Description:  The orange gondolas were about the only travelers to Danbury from 1980 to 1985. There werent any other customers there.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:55:17 PM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Action
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Views:  70   Comments: 0
Arriving in Danbury
Title:  Arriving in Danbury
Description:  Coming in with 3 empties, the train will pull into the siding, uncouple and then go into the house track and double the 5 or 6 loads onto the empties and then spot the empties onto the house track, then will run back to the south end, light power and couple onto the other end of the loads.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:57:22 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
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Arriving in Danbury
Title:  Arriving in Danbury
Description:  Here the crew is pulling the empties up to the north end of the house track to double to the loads. There has been alot of snow for this time of year.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 3:58:25 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  127   Comments: 0
Working in Danbury
Title:  Working in Danbury
Description:  The train is now pulling MOW is here to assist with frozen switches and to help clean flangeways if needed.
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 4:00:12 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
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Views:  120   Comments: 0
Working in Danbury
Title:  Working in Danbury
Description:  Here the 4452 will head to the north switch and back down the main to the south end to come back in the siding and couple to the loads and head back to Dresser, W
Photo Date:  11/21/1985  Upload Date: 7/16/2016 4:05:30 PM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Winter,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOO 4452(GP38-2)
Views:  131   Comments: 0
oops moment by the Soo Line signal dept and WI DOT
Title:  oops moment by the Soo Line signal dept and WI DOT
Description:  I put this rather plain picture in as a lost story about the Soo Line. This set of xing signals was supposed to be placed in downtown Danbury about 5 miles north of here, after a fatal car accident in Danbury finally brought xing signals in. Youd have wondered why someone didnt wonder why there was two sets of heads on the mast, as there was a side road in downtown that they were intended for. Guessing this was a $25,000 or more mistake in the mid 70s when they were put in.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 1:58:11 PM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Signal,Track
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Jct 278 ahead
Title:  Jct 278 ahead
Description:  Coming into Boylston, WI and crossing under the BNs main line, the Soo Line Danbury Sub is heading up the hill to Jct 278 where the Brooten line came in from Moose Lake. We are looking north towards Superior WI and this is just a few years before this section was removed and BN realigned their tracks to this line just south of here.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 1:54:54 PM
Location:  Boylston, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  61   Comments: 0
Danbury main line
Title:  Danbury main line
Description:  This is looking south near where the passenger station sat until the late 1960s. If you look on the left you can see the remnants of a wye that was here at some point, and probably removed decades before.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 1:57:05 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  77   Comments: 0
Yellow Lake
Title:  Yellow Lake
Description:  The tracks followed the east edge of Big Yellow Lake north of Webster. Although not right on the lake, you could see it just a few blocks away. This was a nice sweeping curve looking south.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 2:01:21 AM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  76   Comments: 0
Oakland Township
Title:  Oakland Township
Description:  This was just north of the xing and about 4 miles south of Danbury. The line was 80 lb per yard rail and was 40 mph for many years.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 1:59:16 AM
Location:  Oakland, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  77   Comments: 0
NSS Danbury
Title:  NSS Danbury
Description:  This picture is looking south at the passing track switch on the north end of Danbury. The St. Croix River bridge is right behind me.
Photo Date:  7/15/1986  Upload Date: 8/19/2016 1:53:22 AM
Location:  Danbury, WI
Author:  Tom Dethmers
Categories:  Track
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Views:  85   Comments: 0


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