It's never a good thing when I find my way out of Eau Claire and voyage somewhere else that's almost certainly better off without me. There was untold devastation and riots everywhere. I think someone may have died too. By god it was horrible!
Ok enough of that. I had a 4 day weekend. So I decided to spend it out of town. (Especially after I just learned oil changes cost like $20....I thought they were around $75! My dad had some 'splaining to do!) So after work, I packed up and set out! I usually make an adventure out of any road trip I embark on. Making frequent stops and seeing every sight there is to behold. That's why I just HAD to make a pit stop at Neillsville...
That's pretty neat right there...Pavilion from the 1964 World's Fair! Just as cool on the inside too. But let's get to the trains!
It's not always easy to catch power in Stevens Point when it's frequently hiding behind cuts of rolling stock. But this J unit poked out long enough to snap a pic and keep going.
Wide Cab was guiding me around via phone for most of the weekend. And thanks to him, I caught the WSOR job working the Oshkosh line the next morning. Power was a trio of very nice looking GP38s (I have honestly never seen a ratty looking WSOR unit. Are they OCD about washing them?)
"No Train Horn". WSOR didn't seem to care. I've never heard a horn like that one before...Sounded like some sort of 3-chime.
Here they are backing into Bemis for some work. I went back to the CN shortly after snapping this pic.
It was then that Dan informed me of more J power in Neenah...So back north I went! Caught this unit leading a local backwards. Wasn't much else in the yard so I headed down to Fond Du Lac.
This train was getting ready to leave shops yard. I caught it at a crossing and then followed them back to Oshkosh cuz it was starting to snow. Didn't want to be too far from the hotel with unsafe roads.
Here they are again passing the CNW depot.
On my final day, I met up with Wide Cab in Neenah to catch some more action before heading home. We caught this southbound here.
Then another southbound rolled by an hour or so later after I met Loadstone. I do believe I shot this from his front yard.
He also informed me that these sand hoppers here are brand new and have never been used yet. This was the local headed for Appleton
And this was pulling the local!
We then caught the push-pull moving north (And I got lost...Wide Cab called me and had to guide me back to where everyone was
This unit had quite the horn I tell ya....
And now the moment I was waiting for....One of those Dash 8s leading the Green Bay train north. Man look at that consist!
I'm quite fond of this shot. I've always thought the foundry was a neat looking building. And here it is with a train passing it.
Heyyy get outta my shot, Loadstone!