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Camp 5 Lumberjack Steam Train Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

After I got off of the train at Camp 5, the Wisconsin Central SW-1 1 caught my eye.

As did this cart in front of it.

The now rear of our train that will head back to Laona in about eight minutes. I will be aboard as the weather is scheduled to turn bad this afternoon and I will have a long drive to Janesville and I want as much of it to be dry as possible.

Unique crossing guards at Camp 5.

The front of our train at Camp 5.

Views of logs and a steam tractor.

I was the lone passenger heading right back so I boarded the rear caboose C-401 Camp 5 and here are the views from out of the cupola on both sides.

View of Camp 5.

The train whistled off and we started the trip back to Laona with our steam engine pulling the train.

Leaving Camp 5 behind. We stopped at the coal loading area and they filled the tender high with coal.

Great views of our steam engine working from my caboose vantage point.

View looking back.

Crossing the Rat River.

The ladder blocks a clear view from one side of the cupola.

The engine works through the next open curve.

Looking back.

Running back along Scattered Rice Lake.

Looking back through the trees.

We then ran by the meadow.

Curving back into the Laona Station area.

Pulling into the station. I detrained a happy train rider and thanked the crew for a great trip aboard the Camp 5 Lumberjack Steam Train.

The engine gave me a great ride.

The train is now ready for the Noon Trip and I'm ready for my drive south.

The Drive to Janesville

I left the Camp 5 Lumberjack Steam Train at 11:45 AM and headed south on Wisconsin Highway 32 south to Gillet and turned onto Wisconsin Highway 22 and made my first stop in Shawano.

The Wisconsin Central Station is still active.

The former CNW Station in Shawano is now a Bike Shop. I stopped for lunch at an A&W in Shawano. After lunch I stayed on Highway 22 until it became US Highway 46 which I took to New London. I had to get directions in town to get to the Historical Village and the directions were prefect.

The restored New London CNW Station.

The display train at New London.

Laona & Northern Railway 101 built in 1941.

Soo Line Box Car 7618.

CNW Caboose 11153.

Soo Line Caboose 138.

Train set looking towards the station from out in the street.

One last view from out in the parking lot. I got back on US Highway 46 and took that to Oshkosh where Auk lives and I wished I had his address so I could have visited him and talked to him about Richard Hamilton's death. Auk used to call Lets Talk Trains from time to time. I got on US Highway 41 for a short stretch then took Wisconsin Highway 26 south towards Janesville. I stopped at KFC in Watertown for an early Dinner before heading to Janesville and a short stretch on Interstate 90 got me to the Baymont Inn in Janesville. I checked in and worked on this story most of the evening.