Reminders of the Neenah Branch

 

The Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) laid approximately 4,000 feet (eight tenths of a mile) of track from Menasha, Wis., to Neenah, Wis., the Neenah Branch, in 1881. The Neenah Branch is still in use, currently operated by the Canadian National (CN).

A Canadian National (CN) local on the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) Neenah Branch at Menasha, Wis., on 18 November 2020. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

A Canadian National (CN) local, led by Illinois Central IC 3138, crosses the Fox River Navigation Canal via a neat, old swing bridge on the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) Neenah Branch at Menasha, Wis., on 18 November2020. The lead tank car is straddling one of four diamonds which remain on this mostly industrial island, formed when the canal was excavated ca. 1856 (when the lock was completed). The local was headed for Hilbert, but for some reason, they left the rear half of their train at W. North Water St. at Neenah. Here they taking the front half to the yard at Menasha. They will soon head back to pick up the rear half and return to the yard at Menasha before continuing on their way. Simply Incredible Foods, 198 River St., stands in the background. They purchased the defunct Menasha Municipal Utilities plant in June of 2014.

Illinois Central IC 3138 passes the former Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) depot and approaches W. Forest Ave. as it heads southwest via the M&N Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., 18 November 2020. This Canadian National (CN) local was headed for Hilbert, but for some reason, they left the rear half of their train at W. North Water St. at Neenah. They took the front half to the yard at Menasha. They are now returning to pick up the rear half and head back to the yard at Menasha before continuing on their way. The depot was built by the M&N in 1882 and is home to the Milwaukee & Northern Railway Historical Society, a.k.a. the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club, 323 W. Forest Ave.

Illinois Central IC 3138 passes our depot on the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., on 18 November 2020. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

A Canadian National (CN) local approaches our depot on the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., on 18 November 2020. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

A Canadian National (CN) local, led by Illinois Central IC 3138, crosses W. Forest Ave. and approaches the former Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) depot as it heads northeast via the M&N Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., on 18 November 2020. The local was headed for Hilbert, but for some reason, they left the rear half of their train at W. North Water St. at Neenah. They took the front half to the yard at Menasha. They have now picked up the rear half and will now head back to the yard at Menasha before continuing on their way. The depot was built by M&N in 1882 and is home to the Milwaukee & Northern Railway Historical Society, a.k.a. the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club, 323 W. Forest Ave.

A Canadian National (CN) local passes the former Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) depot and crosses High St. as it heads northeast via the M&N Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., on 18 November 2020. The local was headed for Hilbert, but for some reason, they left the rear half of their train at W. North Water St. at Neenah. They took the front half to the yard at Menasha. They have now picked up the rear half and will now head back to the yard at Menasha before continuing on their way. The depot was built by M&N in 1882 and is home to the Milwaukee & Northern Railway Historical Society, a.k.a. the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club, 323 W. Forest Ave.

A Canadian National (CN) local passes our depot on the Milwaukee & Northern (M&N) Neenah Branch at Neenah, Wis., on 18 November 2020. Photograph by Tom Bruss.