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Owner: Canadian National Railways
Model:EMD GP38-2Built As:CN 5505 (GP38-2)
Serial Number:A2678Order No:C350
Frame Number:Built:11/1972
Other locos with this serial:  CN 4705(GP38-2) CN 5505(GP38-2)
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CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  Looking down the platform of the former C&NW Neenah-Menasha depot reveals a CN local momentarily fouling Garfield Ave. as it works at the north end of the former C&NW Neenah-Menasha yard on Doty Island at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. The depot was built in 1893 to replace the original ca. 1861 depot. It was restored in 1994 and is currently home to Gries Architectural Group, Inc., and Sturtevant & Associates, LLC, an insurance firm, 500 N. Commercial St. The original C&NW Neenah depot, built ca. 1861, was located on S. Commercial St., near Galloway Co., 601 S. Commercial St. The depot was later moved behind the Jersild Knitting Co., 333 N. Commercial St (about 400-500 feet behind me). It was razed after the new depot was completed. The border between the Twin Cities of Neenah and Menasha bisects the yard about 200 feet north of the depot.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:20:41 PM
Location:  Neenah, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
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CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  Looking down the platform of the former C&NW Neenah-Menasha depot reveals a CN local momentarily fouling Garfield Ave. as it works at the north end of the former C&NW Neenah-Menasha yard on Doty Island at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. The depot was built in 1893 to replace the original ca. 1861 depot. It was restored in 1994 and is currently home to Gries Architectural Group, Inc., and Sturtevant & Associates, LLC, an insurance firm, 500 N. Commercial St. The original C&NW Neenah depot, built ca. 1861, was located on S. Commercial St., near Galloway Co., 601 S. Commercial St. The depot was later moved behind the Jersild Knitting Co., 333 N. Commercial St (about 400-500 feet behind me). It was razed after the new depot was completed. The border between the Twin Cities of Neenah and Menasha bisects the yard about 200 feet north of the depot. The TC Transcontinental, Inc., facility, historically Marathon Corp. (originally Menasha Printing & Carton Co.), 271 River St., is partially visible in the background.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:21:31 PM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  30   Comments: 0
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local crosses the North Channel (Menasha Channel) of the Fox River via the former C&NW bridge as it heads northwest at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. The TC Transcontinental, Inc., facility, historically Marathon Corp. (originally Menasha Printing & Carton Co.), 271 River St., is partially visible on the north bank of the river in the background. The C&NW bridge is hidden by the nearer, former joint MILW/SOO bridge (also in use by CN). This perspective would have only been obtainable with a boat, until the new Loop the Lake bridge opened to the public (the ribbon cutting ceremony for this and the similar bridge in Neenah was held 23 Jun. '18).
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:21:34 PM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  22   Comments: 0
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local pauses on a remnant of the former C&NW main line near the Loop-the-Lake Trail as it prepares to spot a boxcar at U.S. Paper Mills Corp., 69 Washington St., at Menasha, WI, at 1426 hours on 2 Sep. '19. The idled Whiting Paper Co., 100 River St., stands at left. The paper machines were shut down on 30 Mar. '16, after 134 years of providing quality paper products and living-wage jobs. Originally the Whiting and Gilbert paper mill, it was built along the Fox River Navigation Canal on the site of an abandoned dry dock in 1882 (1881). The company was a partnership of George A. Whiting and Theodore and William Gilbert. It became the George A. Whiting Paper Mills in 1886, after he bought out the Gilbert brothers. The name was changed to George A. Whiting Paper Co. in 1911. Much of the current facility was built after a devastating fire and explosion on 24 Aug. 1888. The 5th generation of the Whiting family sold the company to Tom Danz, who had joined the company in 1999, in Mar. '14; the name was changed to Whiting Paper Co. When the closure was announced, he claimed the company could not maintain the sales volume needed to remain profitable. The mill produced matte board, scrapbooking, and high-end art paper, and its unique Kona Paper, made from recycled burlap coffee bean bags. The George A. Whiting Airport, at the intersection of Airport Rd. and Appleton Rd. in Menasha, WI, was named in his honor because he donated $5,000 to construct the facility ca. the '20s. Reportedly, it was "Wisconsin’s finest and busiest airport" in the '30s. When the government decreed that there could be only 1 airmail port per county, they chose the airfield at Oshkosh, WI and the George A. Whiting Airport soon faded into history (except for the hanger, currently home to Kitz & Pfeil Ace Hardware). Simply Incredible Foods, 198 River St., can be seen beyond that. Simply Incredible Foods purchased the defunct Menasha Municipal Utilities (Menasha Utilities) plant in Jun. '14. This small, mostly industrial island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). This view was only available to trespassers until the Loop-the-Lake Trail opened last year. Loop-the-Lake was completed in order to connect existing recreational trails in the Twin Cities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held 23 Jun. '18.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:21:36 PM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  27   Comments: 1
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local momentarily fouls the Loop-the-Lake Trail as it prepares to transition from a remnant of the former C&NW main line to an industrial spur at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. Local was preparing to switch U.S. Paper Mills Corp. This view was only available to trespassers until the Loop-the-Lake Trail opened last year. Loop-the-Lake was completed in order to connect existing recreational trails in the Twin Cities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held 23 Jun. '18.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/5/2019 2:07:20 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  36   Comments: 1
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local pauses at the Loop-the-Lake Trail as it prepares to transition from a remnant of the former C&NW main line to an industrial spur at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. Local was preparing to switch U.S. Paper Mills Corp., 69 Washington St. This small, mostly industrial island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). This view was only available to trespassers until the Loop-the-Lake Trail opened last year. Loop-the-Lake was completed in order to connect existing recreational trails in the Twin Cities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held 23 Jun. '18.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:21:38 PM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  22   Comments: 0
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local leaves a remnant of the former C&NW main line to shove a boxcar to U.S. Paper Mills Corp., 69 Washington St., at Menasha, WI, on 2 Sep. '19. The idled Whiting Paper Co., 100 River St., Menasha, WI, stands at left. The paper machines were shut down on 30 Mar. '16, after 134 years of providing quality paper products and living-wage jobs. Originally the Whiting and Gilbert paper mill, it was built along the Fox River Navigation Canal on the site of an abandoned dry dock in 1882 (1881). The company was a partnership of George A. Whiting and Theodore and William Gilbert. It became the George A. Whiting Paper Mills in 1886, after he bought out the Gilbert brothers. The name was changed to George A. Whiting Paper Co. in 1911. Much of the current facility was built after a devastating fire and explosion on 24 Aug. 1888. The 5th generation of the Whiting family sold the company to Tom Danz, who joined the company in 1999, in Mar. '14; the name was changed to Whiting Paper Co. When the closure was announced, he claimed the company could not maintain the sales volume needed to remain profitable. The mill produced matte board, scrapbooking, and high-end art paper, and its unique Kona Paper, made from recycled burlap coffee bean bags. The George A. Whiting Airport, at the intersection of Airport Rd. and Appleton Rd. in Menasha, WI, was named in his honor because he donated $5,000 to construct the facility ca. the '20s. Reportedly, it was "Wisconsin’s finest and busiest airport" in the '30s. When the government decreed that there could be only 1 airmail port per county, they chose the airfield at Oshkosh, WI and the George A. Whiting Airport soon faded into history (except for the hanger, currently home to Kitz & Pfeil Ace Hardware). This small, mostly industrial island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). This view was only available to trespassers until the Loop-the-Lake Trail opened last year. Loop-the-Lake was completed in order to connect existing recreational trails in the Twin Cities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held 23 Jun. '18.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 9/21/2019 10:21:41 PM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  27   Comments: 1
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local shoves a boxcar to U.S. Paper Mills Corp., 69 Washington St., via a remnant of the former C&NW rails Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. The train is passing the idled Whiting Paper Co., 100 River St. The paper machines were shut down on 30 Mar. '16, after 134 years of providing quality paper products and living-wage jobs. Originally the Whiting and Gilbert paper mill, it was built along the Fox River Navigation Canal on the site of an abandoned dry dock in 1882 (1881). The company was a partnership of George A. Whiting and Theodore and William Gilbert. It became the George A. Whiting Paper Mills in 1886, after he bought out the Gilbert brothers. The name was changed to George A. Whiting Paper Co. in 1911. Much of the current facility was built after a devastating fire and explosion on 24 Aug. 1888. The 5th generation of the Whiting family sold the company to Tom Danz, who joined the company in 1999, in Mar. '14; the name was changed to Whiting Paper Co. When the closure was announced, he claimed the company could not maintain the sales volume needed to remain profitable. The mill produced matte board, scrapbooking, and high-end art paper, and its unique Kona Paper, made from recycled burlap coffee bean bags. The George A. Whiting Airport, at the intersection of Airport Rd. and Appleton Rd. in Menasha, WI, was named in his honor because he donated $5,000 to construct the facility ca. the '20s. Reportedly, it was "Wisconsin’s finest and busiest airport" in the '30s. When the government decreed that there could be only 1 airmail port per county, they chose the airfield at Oshkosh, WI and the George A. Whiting Airport soon faded into history (except for the hanger, currently home to Kitz & Pfeil Ace Hardware). Simply Incredible Foods, 198 River St., can be seen beyond Whiting's. Simply Incredible Foods purchased the defunct Menasha Municipal Utilities (Menasha Utilities) plant in Jun. '14. The track in the foreground is a remnant of the former C&NW main line. This small, mostly industrial island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). This view was only available to trespassers until the Loop-the-Lake Trail opened last year. Loop-the-Lake was completed in order to connect existing recreational trails in the Twin Cities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held 23 Jun. '18.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 10/2/2019 3:52:50 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  32   Comments: 0
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local approaches Washington St. as it emerges from U.S. Paper Mills Corp., 69 Washington St., Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. This mill began production in 1891 as the John Strange Paper Co. It was purchased by Menasha Corp. in 1969 and renamed John Strange Paperboard Div. It was sold to U.S. Papers Corp. in 1981. It was sold to Sonoco ca. 2002. I’m not sure who these rails originally belonged to, the MILW, SOO, and C&NW all had access to this small, mostly industrial island for many years. This island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). Near the center of the scene, you can see a yellow tow motor/fork lift bridge that normally spans the tracks and needs to be raised when the local is servicing the mill. Boy, did I ever receive some suspicious glares from some paranoid employees while I was standing on the public sidewalk, next to the public thoroughfare, waiting for the locomotive to emerge from this facility.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 10/2/2019 3:52:53 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  42   Comments: 0
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local crosses Washington St. as it emerges from U.S. Paper Mills Corp. at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. This mill began production in 1891 as the John Strange Paper Co. It was purchased by Menasha Corp. in 1969 and renamed John Strange Paperboard Div. It was sold to U.S. Papers Corp. in 1981. It was sold to Sonoco ca. 2002. I’m not sure who these rails originally belonged to, the MILW, SOO, and C&NW all had access to this small, mostly industrial island for many years. This island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). Boy, did I ever receive some suspicious glares from some paranoid employees while I was standing on the public sidewalk, next to the public thoroughfare, waiting for the locomotive to emerge from this facility.
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 10/2/2019 3:52:56 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  40   Comments: 1
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local parallels the Fox River Navigation Canal and River St. as it approaches the junction with the former joint MILW/SOO rails at Menasha, WI on 2 Sep. '19. Simply Incredible Foods, 198 River St., looms in the background. Simply Incredible Foods purchased the defunct Menasha Municipal Utilities (Menasha Utilities) plant in Jun. '14. I’m not sure who these rails originally belonged to, the MILW, SOO, and C&NW all had access to this small, mostly industrial island for many years. This island was formed when the Fox River Navigation Canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed).
Photo Date:  9/2/2019  Upload Date: 10/2/2019 3:52:59 AM
Location:  Menasha, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  27   Comments: 1
CN 4705 and IC 9605
Title:  CN 4705 and IC 9605
Description:  A CN local parallels Ehlers Rd. and approaches Towmen Rd. as it starts to transition from the former SOO rails to the former C&NW rails 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 20 Sep. '19. Local was headed for Appleton, Little Chute, and Kaukauna. 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.
Photo Date:  9/20/2019  Upload Date: 10/25/2019 2:44:06 AM
Location:  Shawano Junction, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2) IC 9605(GP38-2)
Views:  31   Comments: 1
IC 9605 and CN 4705
Title:  IC 9605 and CN 4705
Description:  A CN local bisects the intersection of N. Appleton St. and W. Packard St./W. North St. as it heads northeast via former C&NW rails at Appleton, WI on 23 Sep. '19. Train was headed for Little Chute and Kaukauna. There used to be at least five tracks crossing N. Appleton St., only the main line remains. The C&NW freight house stood just out-of-frame to the right, a team track remained for quite a while after the building was removed. The C&NW's downtown passenger depot, one of three in Appleton, would be visible to the left of the lead locomotive if it still stood.
Photo Date:  9/23/2019  Upload Date: 11/5/2019 2:24:11 AM
Location:  Appleton, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  IC 9605(GP38-2) CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  75   Comments: 1
CN 4705
Title:  CN 4705
Description:  A CN local approaches the station sign and Lande St. as it heads northeast with 5 cars via former C&NW rails at De Pere, WI, on 26 Oct. '19. I'm not sure why the station sign stands here, the depot stood at Grant St., about 2,500' to the north. This portion of De Pere was originally West De Pere until 1890.
Photo Date:  10/26/2019  Upload Date: 10/26/2019 11:40:04 PM
Location:  De Pere, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  127   Comments: 2
CN 9515, GTW 5812, CN 4705
Title:  CN 9515, GTW 5812, CN 4705
Description:  A heavily powered CN local crosses W. 2nd St. as it prepares to set out a string of cars at the former C&NW yard at Appleton Junction, WI on 15 Nov. '19. Local would continue on to Little Chute and Kaukauna. Carter's Caboose, 1428 W. 2nd St., a small, old, rail side tavern, is partially visible at left. It dates to at least 1887, when it was a grocery store operated by Peter Leininger. By 1901 it was a sample room (saloon) operated by John Sigl. By ‘30 it was a soft drink establishment owned by Hubert J. Merkel and August F. Brandt (Prohibition was still in effect). By ’36 it was a tavern operated by Albert Giesen, owned by Mrs. Gretchen Merkel. By ’38 it was Bob’s Tavern, still owned by Mrs. Merkel. It was the Junction Tavern from at least ’43-’71, still owned by Mrs. Merkel until at least ’60 (there were at least two different owners between ’67-’71). At some point in the ‘70s it became Pete’s Junction (possibly Palomino Pete’s Junction). It was called Netticoat Junction ca. the ‘90s (owned by Joanne M. ‘Nettie’ Nett). I haven’t learned how long it has been Carter’s Caboose.
Photo Date:  11/15/2019  Upload Date: 12/2/2019 1:05:50 AM
Location:  Appleton Junction, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 9515(GP40-2LW) GTW 5812(GP38-2) CN 4705(GP38-2)
Views:  43   Comments: 1
CN 9515, GTW 5812, CN 4705, GTW 6226
Title:  CN 9515, GTW 5812, CN 4705, GTW 6226
Description:  A heavily powered CN local momentarily fouls W. 2nd St. as it prepares to set out a string of cars at the former C&NW yard at Appleton Junction, WI on 15 Nov. '19. Local would continue on to Little Chute and Kaukauna. The current local power rests at right. Carter's Caboose, 1428 W. 2nd St., a small, old, rail side tavern, is partially visible at left. It dates to at least 1887, when it was a grocery store operated by Peter Leininger. By 1901 it was a sample room (saloon) operated by John Sigl. By ‘30 it was a soft drink establishment owned by Hubert J. Merkel and August F. Brandt (Prohibition was still in effect). By ’36 it was a tavern operated by Albert Giesen, owned by Mrs. Gretchen Merkel. By ’38 it was Bob’s Tavern, still owned by Mrs. Merkel. It was the Junction Tavern from at least ’43-’71, still owned by Mrs. Merkel until at least ’60 (there were at least two different owners between ’67-’71). At some point in the ‘70s it became Pete’s Junction (possibly Palomino Pete’s Junction). It was called Netticoat Junction ca. the ‘90s (owned by Joanne M. ‘Nettie’ Nett). I haven’t learned how long it has been Carter’s Caboose.
Photo Date:  11/15/2019  Upload Date: 12/2/2019 1:05:58 AM
Location:  Appleton Junction, WI
Author:  T. P. Bruss
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Locomotives:  CN 9515(GP40-2LW) GTW 5812(GP38-2) CN 4705(GP38-2) GTW 6226(GP38-2)
Views:  56   Comments: 1


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