I used to work in a paper mill. It wasn't a big mill like this one in Wisconsin Rapids.
Mills can be impressive places. This is heavy industry, often too big to model (maybe try N scale?).
But the rail traffic is interesting, they can get about 60 railcars a day.
Anytime I get a camera above the tree tops, a mill is easy to see. There's a lot of color and shapes.
From the northwest, there's the CN / former WC / CNW / Soo Line yard.
The CN and Highway 34 / 13 come in from the north.
This used to be the Milwaukee Road, and the tracks came due south where I marked a black line, right through the VFW hall,
and skirted the west side of the paper mill.
|Looking west, the CN / WC curves west for a mile before swinging south into the current yard.|
|The woodyard gets lots of local pulp wood trucks, and some cars from the WoodTick night train from northwestern Wisconsin|
|This picture was on a good day to fly, no wind and 160 feet of height. This picture is actually a stitch of 2 pictures; the mill is a big place.|
|The Green Bay and Western crossed between the pulp mill and the paper mill, but the tracks don't show in this view.|
|On the south end is the River Block building, which used to be mill offices, but is now turned over to the city.|
The Wisonsin River and Mead Riverview Park.
My photo stitching isn't perfect, and I didn't take out the wide angle distortion, but I see its worth coming back again.
|The dam has tamed the former Grand Rapids.|
This little yard is east of the river. They store cars for the big mill and the Biron Mill.
It's former Green Bay and Western track.
|The morning mill job hauling clay tank cars.|
|Up the river, on a very calm evening.|
This page was photographed and wrote in September, October, November, 2016.