RailPictures.Net Photo: MILW 61A Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Derailment at Wyocena, Wisconsin by Tom Farence
 
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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (more..)
Derailment (more..)
Milwaukee Road LaCrosse Division MP172 (more..)
Wyocena, Wisconsin, USA (more..)
1973
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MILW 61A (more..)
MILW 69 (more..)
Tom Farence (more..)
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I'm standing on the front of a GEEP on the Lacrosse wrecker train looking towards the aftermath of a 28 car derailment a couple miles west of Wyocena,WI.. We're on the west end of the westward track while the Milwaukee Hook is on the eastward track east of the derailment. I was the Engineer on train 69 when the derailment happened going 57mph when a 1907 forged truck side on a NYC loaded coal hopper derailed at the house track at Wyocena. We dragged it for two and a half miles at speed until it hit the frog of the newly installed Spur 172 and al HELL broke loose. I remember looking in the PRIME MILWAUKEE mirror rounding the curve coming into the Lake George Marsh when the air went into emergency and I hollered at Tommy Anglim the Head Shack(Brakeman) that I just saw a box car fly through the air. I grabbed the radio handset of the DUPLEX radio called the Portage Operator and stated that I believed we were in the ditch and not to let any eastbound trains out as we were only six miles east of Portage Junction. The photo above was taken a few days later as I'd been stuck at my away from home terminal due to the derailment and now would be called for duty to clean up said derailment for a few days. Both mainlines were closed for almost a week trains being rerouted via Madison and Horicon while we toiled away at the clean-up. Its amazing to think back then the local managers would make a determination as to the cause of such a catastrophic derailment and not even a letter would be sent regarding the incident and no investigation was even held nor any notation on your personal file was even made. I'm always amazed when I look back at these old photos of the early days of my career on the Milwaukee and the vivid memories they bring while I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday!
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