1. American Freedom Train Display Car No.41

    American Freedom Train Display Car No.41

    Progress shot of window display car.
  2. AFT Car No. 41 Window Display Car

    AFT Car No. 41 Window Display Car

    !n they years spanning 1975-1976 The nation was treated to the American Freedom Train. Here is my progress shot of one of the display cars I am building in HO scale.
  3. The Passing  of "Old Friends"

    The Passing of "Old Friends"

    While an elderly couple mourns the departure of a friend, one can't help thinking of the "Fallen Flag" in the backround.
  4. The MadCow  "Guernsey 400"

    The MadCow "Guernsey 400"

    Although the power still waves the CNW flag, This is really the Twin-Cities to Chicago day train, operated by the MadCow. Note the UP inspired paint scheme on the first sleeper. This car is lettered for the CNW.
  5. Get 'em before they get new stencils!!

    Get 'em before they get new stencils!!

    A 'pure' CNW F7A leads a sister and a GP-9 westbound at Ablemann. These units are starting to get the MCOW re-stenciling.
  6. Thought this was cool.....

    Thought this was cool.....

    As i was walking back to the car from some railfanning, I caught this shot of a man reflecting as he passed by the cemetery.
  7. Best shot I could get, for now.

    Best shot I could get, for now.

    The FP45B unit #8 with dynamyics wailing, roars by at 50 mph on the shippers special. This is one RARE unit!!
  8. A rare treat!

    A rare treat!

    With bi-level commuter cars in tow, The NorthWesterns' rarest power make an appearance on a shippers special. Here SD40T-2 #8960 leads the 45B unit on a westbound journey.
  9. Ex-CNW 416 arrives with MadCow Brass

    Ex-CNW 416 arrives with MadCow Brass

    An ex commuter F7A arrives with a sister on the point of an executive special touring the system.
  10. GP-35 #845 Eastbound

    GP-35 #845 Eastbound

    Lots of action on the new MadCow Route. Here a trio of 4-axle geeps led by GP-35 845 cross highway 26 as they slow for work in Dachshundville.
  11. GP-9  #1755 EB at Dachshundville

    GP-9 #1755 EB at Dachshundville

    Eastbound time-freight led by ex-CNW 1755 slows to 40mph as she passes through Dachshundville on the MadCow Route.
  12. Miller Bros. Wild West Show

    Miller Bros. Wild West Show

    Ole' Joe Miller really knew how to go in style. This truss-rod equipped Observation car was the finest of it's day. The Miller Bros. Wild West Show travelled the U.S. putting on authentic "Cowboy and Indian" performances. The car is on it's way to the museum at Baraboo.
  13. Worth the trip...

    Worth the trip...

    Crawling down the rocks at Ablemann has it's advantages. I was amazed at the condition of these old coaches, having been built in the 1800's. Through the years, it took a ton of TLC to insure these cars made it to our generation.
  14. FRA waivers on board.

    FRA waivers on board.

    While these cars are still incredible shape, special FRA waivers were required to move them from one carrier to another. The cars will be stored in a special building in Baraboo.
  15. Heavyweight Observations head to museum.

    Heavyweight Observations head to museum.

    While most of the retired Strates' cars are coaches, These two heavyweight observations made a beautiful sight! The cars were in storage in Florida and were donated to the Baraboo museum when the owner of them passed.
  16. MadCow Employee Special

    MadCow Employee Special

    Employess of the Madison Central of Wisconsin Ry. enjoy a Saturday excursion over the newly acquired Reedsburg sub. Managment runs the special train seen here at the Ablemann High Bridge.
  17. The Dairyland "400"

    The Dairyland "400"

    With the CNW takeover in transition, a wild assortment of power is common. Case in point, an ex-CNW E7A leads FP45B and an E7B on the eastbound journey to Madison.
  18. Going to be a busy day....

    Going to be a busy day....

    Ex-CNW 1203 gets into position for spotting the empties arriving from the west. The GP-30 & GP-9 are now owned by the Madison Central of Wisconsin, a private entity.
  19. The "Guernsey 400"

    The "Guernsey 400"

    Ex-CNW, now MadCow Route F7A #427 leads sister F7A #416 westbound at the quarry at Ablemann.
  20. Under new ownership....

    Under new ownership....

    New owner Madison Central of Wisconsin is under control of the Ex-CNW Madison Division. Five brothers from Baraboo Wisconsin have purchased the line and a large assortment of equipment. Here a MadCow SD50 and SD40T-2 arrive at Ablemann with an empty rock train for loading.