CN and Wall Lake IA June 27, 2015

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CGW101c

CGW Fan
Originally intended as a railroad exploration trip, I headed along the BNSF Bayard Sub and towards Denison IA. A brief interlude to catch the detour of Amtrak, (see the Amtrak in Dunlap Post), I continued north trying to follow the CN/IC thru the Boyer river valley. As I turned east I began to follow a track. It led me to Wall Lake Iowa. A fenced off station, a CNW yellow caboose with no lettering and cool banjo signal. I could see the CN/IC off in the distance with an eastbound headlight waaaaay away. I searched for the crossing or junction of the two tracks. Of course it was not accessible by road. So I settled for some telephoto shots. There is a bike path there so if I had a bike, more ralifan equipment. Anyway, I have since determined that the northern track was a CNW branch that crossed under the CN/IC at the bridge in the picture. The bridge is much too wide for the standard Iowa gravel road. Also the bike trail continues on the south side of the CN. It was a great day ending the northbound trek with the picture of the 2290 east of Wall Lake.

NWallLakeIA_062715.jpg Wall Lake CNW now CN

NWallLake_2_062715.jpg Wall Lake CNW Now CN

CNIdaGroveBranch_062715.jpg The Junction Now

CN_CNWBridgeWallLake_062715.jpg The Junction then, I think
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Two shots of the CN trains one eastbound one westbound. Really unusual to see 2 trains in one day. Hard enough to see one train in a week.

CN2290_062715.jpg Eastbound east of Wall Lake, IA

CN5733_062715.jpg Westbound west of Denison, IA
 
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CGW101c

CGW Fan
Yes that's true. If you look at a RR map from 1930' and 40's, between the Burlington and the CNW it looks like somebody threw a handful of spaghetti on the map and said build a track there.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Yes that's true. If you look at a RR map from 1930' and 40's, between the Burlington and the CNW it looks like somebody threw a handful of spaghetti on the map and said build a track there.
It is somewhat ironic to see Canadian National lines in America's heartland.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
The Bayard branch of the BNSF used to be the Milwaukee Road Omaha mainline. I believe it is all gone east of Perry.
Did that line go through Ft. Dodge? I visited elderly relatives in Ft. Dodge back in 1972 who referred to one of the lines going through town (I thought it was the Illinois Central line that paralleled the river) as the "Omaha Road". The Omaha Posse could make a career photographing the abandoned and surviving rail lines of Iowa.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Just west of Fort Dodge, the IC Omaha line and the Sioux City line came together and went thru Fort Dodge. The other railroad in Ft Dodge was the CGW from Omaha. The track for the CGW still goes east as the UP. The CN/IC continues east. This was the line that went to Chicago. The BNSF Bayard sub was the Milw Road's Chicago mainline. In the some old slides post are some pics along the Milw main. I think Bayard is the end of track and there is no track left in Perry.
 




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