Amtrak#9 departs Portage on it's way to the Twin Cities. Amtrak in it's infinite wisdom has moved the train from days to nights......this photo was taken around midnight.
It's about 11PM on a cold snowy night in the north country of Wisconsin.....while most people are headin for bed I'm about to embark on a journey east from Portage to Milwaukee on a couple of old ... (more)
MILW 117C leads a quartet of F's up Lake Hill in Milwaukee, WI in March of 1973. Bob Ferge photo from my collection.
We're stopped just east of Reeseville,WI. to meet train 272 from Wausau,WI....They may have been single tracking from Reeseville west that day I don't recall.
It's 11PM and we're called for the eastbound work horse 254 with 12 hours+ of way work between Portage and Milwaukee. We've got two covered wagons on this snowy/rainy miserable night at the Portag... (more)
I've had this photo on the wall at home for many years. It was the first time I tried to reflect the train on the rails head. Our train 254 on the Milwaukee Roads eastward track at Calhoun Rd..
You're looking at a crew that should have tied up hours ago. We died for time here hours ago and back in those days they just let you sit and rot. We're in about our 18th hour and eventually the ... (more)
The Conductor of westbound train 255 leans out from his coal train caboose cupola on its way to Portage,WI. to be placed back in coal train service with the BN/MILW coal trains. We're stopped at H... (more)
When I started on the Milwaukee Road back in the mid 60's the standard freight power on almost every train was 4 covered wagons. The GP30's had been relegated to the R&SW and KC Lines. The GP 35's... (more)
Milwaukee Road had quite a few super-elevated curves for it high speed passenger fleet. We're stopped just east of Calhoun Road on the eastward track with train 254 prior to or after setting out c... (more)