Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

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Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Overview

Founded in 1997, the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad operates a 25 mile former C&NW line between Spooner, Wisconsin and Hayward, Wisconsin. The line runs dinner trains, bed and breakfast trains, and scenic excursion trains. The railroad also services two customers in Hayward and a Pulpwood Yard in Springbrook. Car storage is another large revenue generator for the railroad. The railroad rosters 12 unique diesel locomotives, and has an extensive passenger car collection.

Excursions typically run from the railroad's depot in Trego to Springbrook.

Trips out of Spooner ended in 2013, when the railroad moved its depot to Trego. The line from Trego to Spooner is now just used for car storage.

The WGNS interchanges with CN at Hayward Junction.

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Springbrook Pulpwood Yard Springbrook Pulpwood Loading Pulpwood Flatcars
Johnson Timber Hayward Lumber Mill Pulpwood Flatcars
Louisiana-Pacific Hayward Engineered Wood Products Centerbeam Flatcars/Boxcars/Tank Cars

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
WGNS 1 SW1 1940 Ex-NRCX 1/MILW 975/MILW 1631. Stored in Trego.
WGNS 8 RDC1 1953 Ex-NYSW M8/MNCR 65/NYC M465. Stored in Spooner.
LSM 41 45 Tonner 19?? Came from an industry in eastern Wisconsin. Operational. Leased to the Lake Superior And Mississippi Railroad in Duluth.
ILSX 180 GP38AC 1971 Ex-HATX 180/CSX 2166/SBD 6257/SBD 4036/LN 4036. Operational. Likely temporary lease power.
WGNS 316 Interuban 1913 Ex-BCR 316/TXE 316. Operational. Mainly used for passenger excursions. Self-propelled.
WGNS 423 F7A 1949 Ex-NJT 423/CNW 423/CNW 4076A. Operational. Mainly used for passenger excursions.
WGNS 600 SW1 1942 Ex-VRI 600/MR 600/LTSR 8419/BOCT 8419/BOCT 219. Stored in Trego. Formally on the Mineral Range.
WGNS 862 SW1 1940 Ex-MILW 862/MILW 950/MILW 1616. Operational. Mainly used for passenger excursions.
WGNS 1280 SW600 1960 Ex-ILSX 1/DOMTAR 1/WEYER 1/AMERI 1. Operational. Mainly used for passenger excursions. In C&NW paint.
WGNS 1386 GP35M 1964 Ex-ILSX 1386/WC 4013/WC 2061/MP 2605/TP 607. Operational. Mainly used for freight.
ILSX 1387 GP35M 1964 Ex-WC 4008/WC 2056/MP 633. Operational. Mainly used for freight. Still in ILSX colors. In MN for broken crankshaft repair.
ILSX 1388 GP35M 1964 Ex-WC 4002/WC 2051/TP 605. Operational. Mainly used for freight. Still in ILSX colors.
WGNS 1950 F7A 1950 Ex-WAB 1950/CESX 1950/GTDT 1950/SNCT 103/BN 704/BN 9726/GN 364A. Operational. Mainly used for passenger excursions.
WGNS 1951 F7A 1953 Ex-WAB 1951/CESX 1951/GTDT 1951/SNCT 102/BN 684/GN 464A. Operational. Mainly used for freight.
WGNS 6006 SD40-2 1973 Ex-WC 6006/AC 188. Operational. Mainly used for freight.





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