3.6.06

NOSTALGIA TRIP. I met a conference deadline Friday and decided to celebrate with a road trip. The East Troy Electric Railroad offers its Railroad Days this weekend. Many riders were on hand for the only round trip recently restored Sheboygan interurban 26 covered.


In the background are a few visiting section speeders that were offering tours of portions of the line where the trolleys rarely go. Collectors have had ample opportunity to buy section speeders as the railroads have opted for more practical pickup trucks equipped with guide wheels for inspecting the track and carrying light maintenance equipment.

Before the section speeder, there was the handcar, which never fails to thrill the younger set.

(I would guess that the railroaders are thrilled with the pickup trucks, because, unlike a section speeder, you don't have to pick it up to roll it off the tracks.)


The station agent informed me that the Milwaukee Streetcar 846 was in service. As it has been some time since I set foot on a Milwaukee Streetcar in Wisconsin, that's what I waited for.


Harwood Station, 18 January 1958

In time, the streetcar rolled into the station.


This car was at a Kentucky museum where it suffered some flood damage. It has been extensively rebuilt inside, as well as put in good running order.


In service, the control position looked like this.


Harwood Station, 18 January 1958.

The Wauwatosa car is a 900 series car, the 800s differ in some details.


We will not be heading over the Wells Street Viaduct. Miller Brewing is still Miller Brewing. The Viaduct came down around 1960. Somewhere down there is the Dirty Helen's saloon that figures in stories about the electrical equipment price fixing conspiracies. Hey, those were still going on in 1958 ... Naah.


All the people who went east on 26 and the accompanying South Shore train had to come west. The trains meet at Beulah siding. I have not seen anyone bring fishing gear onto the trolley to get off at the siding (traces of the platform and the steps to the lake road remain) and board a later trolley with a full creel.


At the Phantom Woods carbarn, a Milwaukee horsecar temporarily equipped with rubber tires for a parade. No, the hay is not for the power source for the horsecar. We are visiting an electric railroad.


I spent a little extra time at the Phantom Woods end and did some shopping (no chops for Kassler rippchen or Usinger's bratwursts, but some salsa and a very good apple pie) and returned on the South Shores, which have luggage racks for my purchases.


The Railroad operates on an elementary version of the staff (or token) system of block working. The magic donut allowing a train to occupy the Beulah to Phantom Woods section is changing hands here.


Locomotive L-8, which made a cameo appearance as the snowplow motor, is propelling a Milwaukee Road transfer caboose that has also been used on the Christmas train and on the fall hayrides.


And so back home.

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