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Little Critter in Marshfield .

Little Critter in Marshfield

October 2011, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA

The corn has been combined from the nearby fields of the Yellowstone Industrial park, now it's easier to see the progress.

There's two loading silos erected at the new frac sand plant in the southeast corner of Marshfield.

This is . . . . TexSand Distributors LP, . . . . . a sand distribution company.

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On the left / north would be Galvin Avenue. There's two switches and three tracks going into the distance (east).

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I updated my crude map of the southeast corner of Marshfield. This map might not be exact or correct.
The dotted line is the ROW of the CNW that went to Wisconsin Rapids.
There are 3 new tracks running east parallel to Galvin Avenue (which is closed for construction).
I guessed there would be switches at the east end and I don't know about the tail track.
And I guessed there would be a short spur through the silos.
I don't think there's enough space for a balloon track to the southwest of the silos.

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On south side is a spur with a little locomotive.

From the website of Railroad Data about Critters :
. . . . . . . Critters are small industrial locomotives.
. . . . . . . While there is no exact definition of a critter, most fans agree that you know one when you see it.
. . . . . . . There are big critters (44 tons or more) and small critters.

But I squinted closer at my picture and decided this is a Trackmobile
which I don't think of as a real critter after all.
I can barely see the big rubber tires in the original picture.
It's far enough away that I didn't even recognize it at first.

How did it arrive? Probably on a semi-truck.

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This might be a good operation to model.
Except you might want a locomotive bigger than a trackmobile if you are working in smaller than O scale.

How about a gardern railway? In a sand box?

Imagine what could happen if more track would be re-laid on the abandonned Wisconsin Rapids line?
There's several sand pits in the area.
One is near Vesper, just down the old ROW.
(not likely to see rails put back in, even though people are concerned with truck traffic from the pits to this plant.)

On a model railroad, it could be done.

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. . There's a worker on a scissor lift in the loading bay.

They are working on a Saturday,
which is wise considering the weather could turn much worse in November.

I have no idea of what type of rail car will be loaded.
Gons, open hopper, closed hopper?
Earlier this year, Tom B mentioned that open cars might fall out of favor for some shippers.
The loads can pick up weight from rain during the trip, and then exceed bridge ratings enroute.
And sand can blow out of the cars at speed.

With just two silos, I might consider this a 'medium' size of operation for Wisconsin.
But I don't know how many car loads they will ship, and how often.

Chippewa Falls and Black River Falls have much bigger operations. .

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I think that's a yellow track tamper to the left or northeast of the silos.


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Other links to :

Railroad Pix of Critters

Guide to Industrial Locomotives

. . . . . . . . . . . . back to my first frac sand page a month ago, when there was just one silo on this site,
. . . . . . . . . Marshfield Frac Sand Loading

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Link back to my index page, Bruce's RailRoad Pictures

( the index page is now on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011. And I will have to also keep the Next Generation index up-to-date also )

This page was filmed and wrote in October, 2011