Babcock to Vesper, WI
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Not mentioned,was the line from Dexterville to Ramadka and where this line crossed the C.St.P.&O. Rwy approximately two miles north of Lynn and terminated seven miles north of this junction on part of an line of the UphamMfg Co. and the line was pulled back to Lynn in the mid 1920's and in the 1930's to Lindsey and by 1940,rest was taken up to Dexterville
Or the line from Vesper, WI to Arpin, WI and Vespin, WI to Blenker, WI
Wood County Railroad owned by Milwaukee Road. Vesper to Arpin and Vesper to Blenker
Pardon Me for drifting away for this particular route, which if I am correct was a spur that left west o Babcock from the Milwaukee's old Valley Route. I rode the Valley train from New Lisbon to Wisconsin Rapids twice. Any way I remember the C&NW/SOO Line in Vesper. Both trains shared the depot in Vesper. The depot was then moved from there to a neighbor's farm just east of my Grandfather's farm on Heiser RD. From Grandpa's farm looking south as a kid I use to watch the SOO and C&NW run slow on the poorly maintained ROW from and to Rapids to Marshfield. All gone now, I surly miss those times.
To Steve in Rosemount.
Did Arpin have two rail companies at on time? I do remember the C&NW had a line from at that time Sheboygan to Marshfield going through Arpin as well.
Yes, you are correct about the Northwestern having traveled thru Arpin, WI. It was a joint line with the SOO Line. The Soo Line purchased the Port Edwards Centralia & Northern which ran from Marshfield, WI to Wisconsin Rapids, WI while the Northwestern used trackage rights from the Soo Line over the line. Sections of the line exist in both towns as industrial spurs. The Milwaukee purchased the logging railroad Wood County Railroad which went from Arpin, WI to Vesper, WI. They did not purchase the section which went from Vesper, WI to Blenker, WI.
The Northwestern did either build or purchased a line from Marshfield, WI to Wisconsin Rapids, WI as is indicated by old aerial pictures and Google Earth which paralleled the SOO. The line was abandoned some time in the early to mid 30,s. They then had trackage rights with the SOO Line. I do have a Google Earth outline of all three railroads in the Vesper, WI area. I can email you the information. My email is email@example.com