The former Milwaukee Road crossed the Wisconsin River a few times, and this one location is still around.
It's between Wausau and Junction City. More precisely, between Knowlton and Dancy,
|Any sizable boat heads for the boat passage. The south span is a deck girder bridge, and its still only got about 7 feet of clearance. Boats with high sun canopies have to lower them to get under.|
A north bound train came through about 6pm Sunday (the day before Labor Day, I was surprised)
You know they are coming because they blow the horn for road crossings. It's not so likely to hear a south bound.
The buildings on the horizon is Mullins Cheese. They expanded last year, apparently vertically.
They have a popular retail and gift shop.
And notice the orange TP__ gondolas with pulp, heading north.
|Empty hoppers for roofing granule loading at 3M Wausau. (there's no frac sand north of here)|
|Five green CNW hoppers of coal. Maybe for one of the paper mills? Maybe even Park Falls?|
|Four tank cars. Maybe for loading spent pulp cooking liquor from Rothschild? Or if the Park Falls pulp mill is running?|
No idea about the red boxcars; I could make a wild guess, maybe James River paper converters in Wausau?
The green Boise might be empties to the Tomahawk paper mill?
I have one kite aerial picture from 2007. Wisconsin Highway 34 also crosses here. The river is about 30 feet deep in the channel but a lot of the backwaters have only a few feet.
In the 'good old days', the original highway bridge was cantilevered from the side of the larger old rail truss bridge. That road way was one lane. And beware being on it when a train was on the bridge, in case a wayward pulp stick slid off a gondola. (Was that the mid 1970's when they separated them and made the new highway bridge?)
|Here is a May 2015 north bound|
|Pulp wood on MegaHaulers, going north|
|Gray / green wood chip cars heading north to be loaded, at ____ ?|
Here's a link to someone else's picture of the Knowlton bridge on Railpictures.
I seem to have the best luck finding pictures of the area using the work Knowlton instead of Du Bay
This page was photographed in September 2016, May 2015, June 2007; and and wrote in Sept 2016