EMD siblings line up at Altoona. SD40-2 no. 6821 is from the second order of SD40-2s that CNW made and was received in February 1974, just as I went to work for C&NW. It survived the UP merger reb... (more)
A UP trio of road power sits near a wye at Altoona Yard awaiting their next assignment while a pair of SD40-2s handles switching at the east end of the yard. That's a far cry from the days when C&... (more)
LTS82 is almost back home to Altoona as they traverse the 1898 built Eau Claire River Bridge.
CNW 932 was one of seven U30Cs acquired by C&NW in between multiple orders of SD45s in early 1968. This I believe was the only one painted in the scheme shown. This variation was tried from the la... (more)
CNW 1278 was always a favorite switch engine to see around Eau Claire and Altoona in the 1960's and early 1970's. Usually it was parked between runs at Eau Claire, but one of its chores was to han... (more)
Job 82 crosses the Eau Claire River Bridge on the return trip from Bayport. This was a gauntlet bridge for most of the 20th century.
Remote control yard job YAA60R takes some headroom out of the yard at CP X092 with three RCL SD40Ns for power.
CNW 1040, a Baldwin VO-1000 re-engined by EMD relaxed outside the Altoona depot & yard office between switching duties. These units replaced Alco S-2 switchers previously assigned to Altoona for y... (more)
YAA60R works in Altoona with the UP 685 and 1825. The 685 is one of probably 2 or 3 ex-SP units left on the UP roster, that still have the L-window cab. Surprisingly, the 685 even went through the... (more)
Yard job YAA60R takes some head room out onto the main at Altoona.
A UP local east leaves Altoona with sand cars for a plant at Augusta, WI. The lack of snow at year end did not foretell the nearly 5 feet that would blanket the area in February 2019.
CNW 621, nicely repainted in the current (at the time) yellow and green scheme shows itself off in the snow at Altoona, WI yard. A careful look reveals "CGW" sub-letters under the number... (more)
CNW 58-A is up on the jacks while CNW mechanical people do work on the traction motors for the AAR switch engine trucks. The engine is basically an NW-2 with m.u. connections and a drawbar/pin lin... (more)
CNW 58-B, former CGW, still in CGW paint, shows off its "cab" end view at Altoona, WI. Hostlers could move these around, but they were designed to be a "calf" to a cab equipped... (more)
In the late 1960s and 70s Altoona served as a shop for doing work on EMD switch engines. As a result this former CGW "calf" sits outside the roundhouse ( with a CNW no.) while 58-A is in... (more)