Plover , Wisconsin; December 24, 2017; the Sunday before Christmas
I just got out of Church and I saw some westbound double stacks between the trees. This is unusual to see in town in the daytime.
I think this train sometimes runs about 4 in the morning, and I don't know if it's a daily.
|I can't explain all this power. A CN, 3 BNSF, a Norfolk Southern, and 2 more BNSF..|
The double stacks might be for Arcadia furniture on the Taylor subdivision.
The lone empty sand hopper is . . . . what? Catching up to some other batch of hoppers?
|Empty TPPX gons should end up in Rapids and then leave on the evening WoodTick train to northwest Wisconsin. And I could guess they came empty from Thilmany in ___ or Green Bay? Or Wausau?|
At the time I didn't pay more attention to these pulp flats, now I see they gave MOS reporring marks.
Are these the Mosinee paper mill?
|And more TPPX|
|and one load of pulp, and 3 boxcars probably for paper loading|
This is my map of the area, not drawn to scale, but it does show the wyes.
This train is westbound from Plover. If it came from east of Point, then the power has to be run around to the rear end of a westbound train before going east and south and west again to be west of Plover.
If it came from Wausau, it could have gotten to Wisconsin Rapids more directly by going south from Junction City. Unless there were some sand trains or a UP coal train tieing up that area.
It's not impossible to imagine a south bound train going east from Junction City and then south through Plover before going west, then go south at the first wye in Rapids and a back-up move could put them into the Rapids yard, and all the cars would be in the same order yet.
But I wonder where all those engines came from? Surely not from Wausau. Maybe some were added at Point? Maybe they came all the way from Neenah? And are being staged for more sand trains running through Rapids?
This page was filmed and wrote in mid December, 2017