Plover, Wisconsin, August 2018
For over a week, Plover rated having two locomotives. Usualy there is a Gp-38 or similar engine working the area.
And an SW 1500 was also in town.
This photo page also shows Plover industries. The green building is an Okray Potato storage shed. The sloped walls and angle roof match the shape of a pile of potatoes. These potato sheds are common in central Wisconsin. They have air ducts and fans to keep cool air circulating through the potatoes, keeping them ready for sale months after the Summer harvest.
|This view shows the Jay Mar agricultural storage tanks.|
|On several days, the SW was parked on the Jay Mar siding, which is not used for receiving tank cars this time of year|
|But it wasn't just parked in town. Here's both locomotives by the Plover yard office one morning.|
I thought maybe its being in town was related to the green bean picking season,
the Del Monte cannery is on the east end of the track.
But I wasn't home enough to notice if they were making cannery runs,
and there were only bathtub gons for steel can scrap by the building.
When Del Monte expanded their warehouse 5 years ago,
they quit shipping boxcars of canned green beans during harvest; they now ship year around by truck.
And I hadn't done an aerial survey of Plover in a year, so I made this view of the Penford potato starch plant and the yard, and the SW is a red dot in the far right by Jay Mar.
All of Jay Mar is inside of the railroad's wye.
|Looking west, Jay Mar and the wye is on the right / North, and the SW is parked there.|
And just when I thought it was over when the SW went away for a week, I see it's back in town.
Which means CN is giving good service to some customer; I just haven't seen which one.
This page was wrote in August, 2018