Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha makes its station stop at Portage,WI.on its way to Seattle.
Milwaukee Road's fastest freight between Tacoma and Chicago this day waits in the clear as NRPC#32 rounds the bend at Portage Junction. NRPC(Amtrak)was the fledgling service none of us RAILS thoug... (more)
I'm firing for Engineer Frank Bottoni Jr....Frank's Dad just retired a few years ago from the time this photo was shot last run was on #3 the Afternoon Hiawatha. My Dad will retire in another 10 y... (more)
CP 8528 leads 198 east past the bracket signal at Portage Junction.
Looking like the 97C is ready to pull the Hiawatha after two years in freight service being replaced by F40C's it will be our lead unit on train 254 doing way work all the way to Milwaukee. I'll g... (more)
Milwaukee Road.... Pacific Car and Foundry Renton,WA... caboose 2300 99 added for computer functions......caboose 2300 and 2301 were built in 1975 for coal train service on BN specifications.In it... (more)
Meet at Portage Jct..
We're stopped eastbound at Portage Jct. on the Thunderhawk. I get a chance to get a shot of one of the GP40's that replaced the four that were wrecked in Okauchee back in 1968. The 2068-2071 were ... (more)
We're standing on what was not long ago the Milwaukee Road's Fox River drawbridge at Portage Jct.. Now the Soo Line has purchased the Milwaukee and the trains are still rolling. The last few years... (more)
Ist Trick Operator Earl Chappel hoops up orders to a Sprint Train Conductor(I feel terrible I forgot his name) in front of the Portage Depot under the overhanging jack-knife switch indicator.
When I started on the Milwaukee Road in the 1960's the Portage yard engine was usually an FM switcher or an Alco. In the 70's the Milwaukee got the MP15's and that pretty much was it until I left ... (more)
The Madison/Portage(M&P)Patrol approaches Portage through one of the many swamps around that area along the Wisconsin River just north of HY 16.
Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha blasts out of Portage headed for the West Coast.
Adam Farence Photo