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By:T. P. Bruss
Dates:6/21/2020 - 9/22/2020
Album Info:Most, if not all, of the photographs in this album were captured in Northeast Wisconsin in the summer of 2020, so they are mostly CN operating on former C&NW, GB&W, MILW, and SOO rails. Once in a while I try to catch ELS and WSOR on former MILW rails too.
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CN 3092
Title:  CN 3092
Description:  A CN container train approaches N. Lake St. as it heads northwest via former SOO rails at Neenah, WI, on 21 Jun. '20. Train had two locomotives, CN 3092 pulling and CN 2234 pushing.
Photo Date:  6/21/2020  Upload Date: 6/27/2020 2:31:24 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 3092(ET44AC)
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CN 3831 and CN 2829
Title:  CN 3831 and CN 2829
Description:  A CN through freight passes the Main St. overpass and traverses the west leg of the wye at the north end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 24 Jun. '20. The remnants of the foundation from the ca. 1955 masonry SOO depot lie to the right of the lead locomotive. The rail sections supported by concrete blocks and railroad ties rest atop the remnants of the foundation. The masonry depot was built to replace the wooden depot built in 1891 on Sherry St., about 850 ft. to the southeast, which was torn down soon after the new one opened.
Photo Date:  6/24/2020  Upload Date: 6/27/2020 2:31:29 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 3831(ES44AC) CN 2829(ES44AC)
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GTW 4912
Title:  GTW 4912
Description:  A CN local crosses Washington St. as it prepares to service Chemtrade (formerly General Chemical Corp.) via former C&NW rails on Doty Island at Menasha, WI, on 24 Jun. '20. The awesome, old building partially visible to the left is currently home to Expert Driveline Truck & Auto Repair, 216 Washington St. Built in '35 for Verbrick's Service Co., Norbert F. Verbrick, proprietor; it operated as such until '84. Designed by Henry Auler in the Tudor Revival style, it and the adjacent building at 214 Washington St. (originally offices of Northwest Electrolyte and Engraving, also designed by Auler in the Tudor Revival style) were erected on what had long been a stave yard for the Menasha Wooden Ware Co. Wayne's Towing and Service occupied this building for quite a while between the original and current occupants. Glass Nickel Pizza, 217 Washington St., purveyors of some mighty tasty pizza, can be seen to the right. I'm not sure of the previous occupants of the building. There used to be a Clark station at that address. It is difficult to imagine that then Washington Ave. was once also Hwy. 41, until that highway was relocated to what was then the rural outskirts of the Fox Cities in the 1940s.
Photo Date:  6/24/2020  Upload Date: 6/27/2020 2:31:34 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  GTW 4912(GP38-2)
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CN 3850
Title:  CN 3850
Description:  A CN container train traverses the S-curve at the north end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 27 Jun. '20. Train had two locomotives, CN 3850 pulling as well as CN 3236 mid-train. The remnants of the foundation from the ca. 1955 masonry SOO depot can be seen to the left. There are rail sections supported by concrete blocks and railroad ties stacked upon it. It was built to replace the wooden depot built in 1891 on Sherry St., about 850 ft. to the southeast, which was torn down soon after the new one opened. The north leg of the wye runs out-of-frame to the right. Arrowhead Park, a closed paper sludge landfill, is partially visible beyond that. Before the landfill was opened in the '50s, the south shore of Little Lake Butte des Morts came right up to the north leg of the wye. Eggers Div. of VT Industries, previously Eggers Industries, founded as Hardwood Products Co. in 1910, 164 N. Lake St., an active rail customer, can be seen in the background.
Photo Date:  6/27/2020  Upload Date: 7/3/2020 3:04:35 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 3850(ES44AC)
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IC 9563
Title:  IC 9563
Description:  A CN local crosses N. Morrison St. as it heads northeast via former C&NW rails at Appleton, WI, on 27 Jun. '20. The historic building on the left was the S. C. Shannon Co., 531 N. Morrison St., 767-779 Morrison St. in original street numbering system. The facility is currently occupied by the Appleton Area School District and Aramark Food Service. Previous occupants include General Cheese Co., Inc., ca. '58. The facility used to receive rail service, but not for a long time. Local was headed for Little Chute and Kaukauna.
Photo Date:  6/27/2020  Upload Date: 7/3/2020 3:04:41 AM
Location:  Appleton, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  IC 9563(GP38-2)
Views:  31   Comments: 0
CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909
Title:  CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909
Description:  A CN through freight parallels Harrison St. as it heads northeast at the south end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 1 Jul. '20. Train was preparing to set out a string of cars and had three locomotives, CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909. Neenah Foundry Plant 2 & Plant 3 are partially visible in the background. Plant 2 opened in 1960 and Plant 3 was built in 1967. Plant 1 opened in 1918 and stood about a mile to the north, until it was closed in 1994 and eventually demolished. A remnant of the former C&NW main line, now relegated to a passing siding, runs parallel to the left. If only the sun could have been more cooperative.
Photo Date:  7/1/2020  Upload Date: 7/3/2020 3:04:47 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 2991(ES44AC) CN 2928(ES44AC) BLE 909(SD40-3)
Views:  32   Comments: 0
BLE 909, et al.
Title:  BLE 909, et al.
Description:  A CN through freight parallels Harrison St. as it enters the south end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 1 Jul. '20. Train was preparing to set out a string of cars and had three locomotives, CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909. A remnant of the former C&NW main line, now relegated to a passing siding, runs parallel on the other side of the train. The facility partially visible in the background is Amcor Flexibles Neenah (formerly Bemis until Jun. '19, formerly Curwood, Inc.), 1815 Marathon Ave. If only the sun could have been more cooperative.
Photo Date:  7/1/2020  Upload Date: 7/3/2020 3:04:53 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  BLE 909(SD40-3)
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CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909
Title:  CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909
Description:  A CN through freight parallels Harrison St. and passes the W. Cecil St. overpass (Timothy Hamblin Bridge) as it enters the south end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 1 Jul. '20. Train was preparing to set out a string of cars and had three locomotives, CN 2991, CN 2928, BLE 909. A remnant of the former C&NW main line, now relegated to a passing siding, runs parallel on the other side of the train. The overpass, erected to eliminate the grade crossing, opened to traffic on 20 Nov. '07. A pair of railfans can be seen atop the overpass.
Photo Date:  7/1/2020  Upload Date: 7/3/2020 3:04:59 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 2991(ES44AC) CN 2928(ES44AC) BLE 909(SD40-3)
Views:  33   Comments: 0
GTW 4912
Title:  GTW 4912
Description:  A CN local momentarily fouls Millview Dr. so it can clear the turnout to transition from the north leg to the east leg of the wye at the north end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 3 Jul. '20. The white building partially visible at left is, or was, Progressive Paper Storage, Inc. (formerly Kimberly-Clark Warehouse (K-C Warehouse)), 135 Millview Dr. It does not receive rail service, but it looks like there may have been a spur on the northwest side of the building in the past. Sadly, there are no longer any mills to be seen along Millview Dr. The Fox Valley Energy Center (formerly Minergy Fox Valley Glass Aggregate Plant) stood just out-of-frame to the right, until demolition was completed in the spring of '16. Opened in Jan. '98, it stood idle since 15 Jun. '13. I was standing where the P. H. Glatfelter Co. paper mill had stood for 135 years, the oldest part of the original mill was constructed in 1874. Glatfelter purchased the mill from Bergstrom Paper Co. in 1979. Bergstrom had purchased the mill, originally Winnebago Paper, in 1904. Glatfelter moved the jobs to Ohio in June 2006, the mill stood idle for about two years until it was torn down, demolition was completed in May 2009. A pair of unimaginative modern buildings, feebly posing as architecture, currently occupy the site of the old paper mill. Arrowhead Park lies beyond the fence to the right. In the background, a CN through freight rests on the west leg of the wye.
Photo Date:  7/3/2020  Upload Date: 7/4/2020 2:04:15 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  GTW 4912(GP38-2)
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CN 3276 and CN 8838
Title:  CN 3276 and CN 8838
Description:  A CN combination autorack and container train parallels Union St. and passes the former Adams St. grade crossing as it heads south past a halted through freight at the north end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 3 Jul. '20. Train had two locomotives,. The Main St. overpass is in the background to the left. The area between the tracks and Union St., from Main St. to Monroe St., used to be the yard. I don't know when the current, significantly larger yard (extending southwestward from Winneconne Ave.) was built, but a map from 1909 shows the yard still here.
Photo Date:  7/3/2020  Upload Date: 7/4/2020 2:04:23 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 3276(ET44AC) CN 8838(SD70M-2)
Views:  15   Comments: 0
CN 3035 and CN 3839
Title:  CN 3035 and CN 3839
Description:  A CN through freight parallels Harrison St. as it heads southwest at the south end of the former SOO yard at Neenah, WI, on 3 Jul. '20. The W. Cecil St. overpass (Timothy Hamblin Bridge) can be seen in the background to the left. The overpass, erected to eliminate the grade crossing, opened to traffic on 20 Nov. '07. The gray silos in the background to the right belong to Amcor Flexibles Neenah (formerly Bemis until Jun. '19, formerly Curwood, Inc.), 1815 Marathon Ave., (an active rail customer). A remnant of the former C&NW main line, now relegated to a passing siding, runs parallel on the other side of the train.
Photo Date:  7/3/2020  Upload Date: 7/4/2020 2:04:30 AM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 3035(ET44AC) CN 3839(ES44AC)
Views:  19   Comments: 0
IC 3110 and IC 9568
Title:  IC 3110 and IC 9568
Description:  A CN local, with at least 41 cars, approaches Towmen Rd. as it heads northeast at Shawano Junction, Fox Crossing, Winnebago Co., WI, (formerly Town of Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI, from 1855 until 14 Apr. 2016) on 3 Jul. '20. Local was headed for Appleton, Little Chute, and Kaukauna and had two locomotives, IC 3110 and IC 9568 (with some unique, expedient hand-stenciling). The local is transitioning from the former SOO rails to the former C&NW rails. This spot used to be named Fox River Junction, after several segments of the original C&NW main line through Menasha and Neenah were removed and a turnout was installed here which allows the bypass of missing C&NW rails by using former SOO rails. On both sides of the train you can see some brand new signals waiting to take over for the cool, old signals.
Photo Date:  7/3/2020  Upload Date: 7/4/2020 2:04:38 AM
Location:  Shawano Junction, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  IC 3110(GP40R) IC 9568(GP38-2)
Views:  16   Comments: 0
GTW 4912
Title:  GTW 4912
Description:  A CN local clears Hwy. F and approaches the station sign as it heads southeast via former SOO rails at Nichols, WI, on 4 Jul. '20. Train was headed back to Neenah from Shawano.
Photo Date:  7/4/2020  Upload Date: 7/5/2020 2:47:22 AM
Location:  Nichols, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  GTW 4912(GP38-2)
Views:  26   Comments: 2


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