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GB&LP Headquarters
New London Junction
Kewaunee Harbor
Arcadia Washout
Manawa Wreck
Iola & Northern
Ice Jam
St. Paul Coal Docks
Cargill Coal Docks
Hatfield Dam Const.
Omaha Road Crossing
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal
Wisconsin River Crossing
Waupaca Station
Waupaca Train
Sturgeon Bay Bridge
Stevens Point
Grand Rapids Bridge
Amherst Junction
Amherst Junction Depot
Big Crowd At Blair
Kewaunee Bridge
Hatfield Bridge
Black Creek Yards
Grand Rapids Bridge
Green Bay Junction
Taylor 1909
Scandinavia Depot
Scandinavia Union Depot
Grain Elevator
C&NW Bridge Yard
Shiocton Bridge
Station "66"
Amherst Junction
Deer Hunting
Kewaunee Skyline
Manawa Depot
Amherst Junction
Shiocton Street Scene
Trains in Merrillan
Scandinavia Map
Arcadia Excursion
Seymour Station
Sturgeon Bay Depot
Green Bay Station
Merrillan Map
Green Bay Depot
Manawa Station
Turntable Wreck
Arnott Depot
The Crew of No. 23
Amherst Junction
Sturgeon Bay Map
Sturgeon Bay Aerial
Sturgeon Bay Yard Action
WRX at Cheeseville
Whitehall Depot
Sampson Canning
Swing Bridge
Green Bay Aerial
Door County Cherries
Casco Junction derailment
Smith Shipbuilding
Steam in Color
#251 in Sturgeon Bay
Reiss Coal Crane Collapse
Hatfield Gravel Pit
Kewaunee Car Ferries
Wis. Rapids Depot Staff
Algoma Hardwoods
Old Wis. Rapids Depot
New Wis. Rapids Depot
Winona Yard
Sturgeon Bay Track Plans
Green Bay Food Company
Merrillan Bridge Collapse
Merrillan Train
New Halls Creek Culvert
Sturgeon Bay
1969 Train Wreck!
Green Bay Station
Wisconsin Rapids Aerial
Casco Depot
Sturgeon Bay Aerial
Mississippi Bridge Approach
Oneida Hill
Loading the Ferry
Norwood Elevator
1976 AHW Excursion
Merrillan Crossing
Winona Bridge
Trempealeau Valley Limited
Plover Depot
Stevens Point
Norwood Shops
1978 AHW Excursion
Taylor, Wis.
Kewaunee ca. 1980
Winona Enginehouse
New Power at New London
Winona Bridge
Fouling the Diamond
Sand Road
Kewaunee Car Ferriy
Train No. 2 at Merrillan
East Halls Creek
Westbound No. 2
Black River Bridge
Eastbound Pulpwood at Rapids
'85 Snow Plow Train
Train 2
No. 2 at Norwood
Alma Center
Train 2 at Merrillan
Ballast Train
Broadway Tower
'Valley Line' Train
East of Whitehall
James River Job
Norwood Shops
#309 at Del Monte
The End...
Farewell Excursion
End of the AHW
AHW Enginehouse
Luxemburg Co-Op
End of Norwood
Bridge at Dodge
Winona Today

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Great images from a very tumultuous time in the Ahnapee & Western's history.

Sturgeon Bay in 1968

Kids rolling barrels across the AHW tracks

AHW #601 receives major servicing

East side approach to the Sturgeon Bay swing span bridge

Karl Ross took these photos in August 1968.  This was the very last week of operations on the Sturgeon Bay to Algoma portion of the Ahnapee & Western, a former branch line of the Green Bay Route. 

Andy Laurent painted a picture of the Ahnapee and Western during that fateful summer:

The abandonment of this part of the railroad was filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission on May 27, 1968, and that summer Erv Bushman, vice-president of operations, was fired by his brother Verne after some misuse of funds became apparent.

This twenty-mile stretch was embargoed on August 9th. A trackmobile removed the last cars in Sturgeon Bay that afternoon, taking the cars across the swing bridge over the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.  Locomotive #601 took a the final train south to Algoma, never to return.

By the time these photos were snapped in August, the AHW was in its death throws and living on borrowed time.  It was a fairly dramatic period for such a small railroad -- much like the early 1950's with strikes and grandiose proposed carferry schemes -- only those times where filled with hope... 1968 was not.

The photos show the deteriorated condition of the railroad towards the end:

  • A lot of weeds,
  • The rails are not straight and true,
  • Some kids are rolling barrels across the tracks,
  • #601 is obviously receiving some major servicing from Eddie Tomjanovich before making a run (maybe the last regular run),
  • the former Evangeline Milk factory, the largest shipper on the north end until 1964, is standing vacant behind the enginehouse as a reminder of good times past.

Kids rolling barrels across the A&W tracks.  The enginehouse and #601 are on  the track to the left.

AHW #601 receives major servicing.  It would soon leave Sturgeon Bay forever.

East side approach to the Sturgeon Bay swing span bridge

Karl Ross photos, August 1968.
These photos may not be reproduced without permission.

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