I reposted this page in 2017 to help answer some questions about old Rice Lake. I didn't go back to my original pictures and show them larger here,
that takes time; but you may use your browser zoom.
In 2006 we traveled to Rice Lake to visit our nephew at his school.
As usual, I am interested in the old original historic railroad part of the city.
In 2017 we passed through Rice Lake and and I see the rails on the U-shape spur are LONG GONE.
After this page was made in 2006, some more information was sent to me.
Farmers market parking lot, white tourist information building, and a historic display are north of the river; on the left of the picture.
. Lentz steam engine from the old excelsior mill is nearby.
Big building is Birchwood Manufacturing (Besse Forest Products)
This is on a spur from the main line that is a quarter mile to the west.
Spur trestle crosses the Red Cedar River where it comes from Rice Lake.
Below, Looking west down the Red Cedar River.
Dam and main street bridge
A quarter mile in the distant left is a city park and the black RR bridge on the former CNW main line.
Main line rails end on north end of bridge.
Rails are gone from the water tower north.
CNW depot still stands, about a half mile north/right of water tower.
The spur looks un-used for years.
Here it is half-way between the main line and the lake shore,
as it makes its half-turn toward the lake shore.
I don't know if RL SPUR name applies to just this quarter mile spur from the old CNW mainline, or if it is the name of the whole 8 miles of former Soo Line track (now gone) from Cameron to here.
the trestle is the black line beyond.
Fishing through the trestle ties
About 15 feet deep.
A compact 3-way or lapped switch enters the excelsior plant north of the river
Perfect space-saver for modeling a small industry.
rusty rail and missing rail,
no train service here lately, in 2006
North of the excelsior mill, there was a farm feed mill.
Can see its green roof in the kite pictures.
Rails still in the pavement.
I don't know how much further north this spur went in the 'old days'.
this is a city block east of main street, and parallel to lake shore.
Next page has Historic Notes added for this location .
page wrote November 14, 2006 for general web pages; and moved to D drive and Western Wis Rails Cd March 2007., and 2 pages posted to Train Web to answer a Yahoo wisrail question Nov 2017