June, 2019. A Thursday.
Railfans have driven through Amherst Junction and have passed over this place a few times looking for the junction.
An eastbound train comes through in the early afternoon.
They are easy to hear, there is a scanner west of here,
and they blow the horn for the road to Lake Emily, a popular county campground.
(Hearing trains that come from the east is a different story, there's no crossings within ear shot.)
A lone engine with one hopper comes by in ten minutes, under the US Highway 10 bridge. They followed the main line train.
The signals are automatic, but the switch up the spur is hand thrown?
And they come up the hill to the level of the town.
Several of these pictures were made with a pole camera, so it might be different than you expect.
There is a simple park that is the trail head for parking. And there is a porta-potty.
The historic picture of the 2-level depot has faded. I didn't turn the camera south to show the businesses on 2nd Street. It's a nice little town.
2nd Street is under re-construction.
Ahead of the locomotive is the original GBW main. The signal box on the right is aligned with the direction of the GBW tracks that now has trees.
|And they move hoppers on the east side of town|
This is a pole camera picture showing the short run-around siding.
The track on the right is the original GBW main, and the bridge in the foreground goes over old US 10
The signs are rusted and faded, but I might recall what was on them if I look at my pictures of this area 15 years ago.
|Looking South at the old US 10 / now County KK bridge.|
|Looking North at the old US 10 bridge.|
|The locomotive moves behind the Insight / Farm Services fertilizer plant.|
|And they have no empties, so they head back west. A westbound auto rack train is racing by on the main.|
And they wait on the hill for orders to go back west on the main, to Stevens Point.
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This page was filmed and wrote in June, 2019