The ACR in the Wisconsin Central Era


During the Wisconsin Central years there were quite a few changes, the most famous from a railfan view would be the F units that were used on the passenger trains. Here are a few photos of the "WC ACR". Now that the Canadian National has taken over the Wisconsin Central, things changed again.....

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1501_2.jpg (135736 bytes) Here is the 1501 (ex ACR 100, nee 162) at Hawk Jct. freshly painted and chop nosed on Aug. 6, 1996.
1502.jpg (152430 bytes) Here is the 1502 (ex ACR 101, nee 169) at N. Fond du Lac, WI on July 14, 1995 being rebuilt and readied for painting. This photo copyright 1995 by Joe Seidl. Used with permission.
1505.jpg (145638 bytes) Here is the 1505 (ex ACR 157 - a Winnipeg rebuild) at Steelton on July 29, 1995. This photo copyright 1995 by Joe Seidl. Used with permission.
1752 - Ex VIA/CN FP9. Steelton August 9, 1996.
1752 - Here is one of the ex VIA/CNR FP9's that the ACR/WC bought and rebuilt for passenger train service. This one is at Steelton on the night of Aug. 9, 1996. 25B Flashbulb lighting by John Sharp.
1756 - Another one of the FP units at Steelton. This one is an ex CPR FP7 upgraded to FP9 specs. Aug. 9, 1996 with flashbulb lighting by John Sharp.
Modellers take note! Rear view of FP9 1751 at Steelton August 9, 1996.
1756_1.jpg (117681 bytes) This is Train No. 3, The Agawa Canyon Tour, at Brule Road crossing in Sault Ste Marie early on the morning of Aug. 9, 1996.
6613.jpg (109780 bytes) Along with the FP9 A units, the ACR also got 4 F9B units, and 2 of them are now in service. Here is one of them at Steelton on Aug. 9, 1996.
bunit.jpg (110627 bytes) Another F9B at Steelton on Aug. 9, 1996.
funits.jpg (126700 bytes) Here is a string of F units being readied for the next day's Agawa Canyon Tour. Shown at Steelton on Aug. 9, 1996.
hawknite.jpg (73574 bytes) Wisconsin Central SD45's are now fairly common on the ACR for freight service. Here is one of them with the Hawk Jct. station in the background. Taken on Aug. 6, 1996 with flashbulb lighting by John Sharp.
hearst.jpg (140066 bytes) Hearst yard has quite a variety of power on the morning of Aug. 8, 1996. You can see an FP9, a GP9 and also an SDL39.
Here is Train No. 3, the Agawa Canyon Tour, about 2 miles south of Northland, along the Searchmont Highway. Aug. 10, 1996.
no1.jpg (129990 bytes) Train No. 1 just south of Goulais along the Searchmont Highway on Aug. 9, 1996.
motorcar.jpg (180145 bytes) Privately owned motorcars are allowed on the ACR at times. Here is one such tour near Bellevue on June 14, 1994.
newrack.jpg (164223 bytes) Here is an example of the new racks the ACR/WC recently bought for log and pulpwood service. This car is at Oba on Aug. 8, 1996.
acr_sand1.jpg (141550 bytes) Here is a photo of the new sanding tower the ACR/WC just put up at the Steelton shops in Sault Ste Marie, Ont. This would make an interesting modeling project for one's model railway! Photo taken on July 7, 1998 by Joe Seidl. Used with permission - all rights reserved.
acr_sand2.jpg (143123 bytes) Here is another view of the covered hopper used as a sanding tower at Steelton. Photo taken on July 7, 1998 by Joe Seidl. Used with permission - all rights reserved.
1761.jpg (139528 bytes) Here is the first of the 2 F9B's that are being returned to service. This unit is in Green Bay, WI on July 4, 1998. Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission. Unit is ex VIA/CNR 6613.
wc_13.jpg (155985 bytes) This is one of the ex ACR vans built by the CNR in 1976 now converted into a remote control car. Shown at Stevens Point, WI on April 4, 1998. Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
acrABA.jpg (239138 bytes) Here is an A-B-A set of F units southbound at Searchmont, ON, on Aug. 18, 1998 on the Agawa Canyon Tour train running as God and EMD intended! Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
No_3_at_BV.jpg (264399 bytes) Here is a shot of No. 3 (Northbound Agawa Canyon Tour) with a A-B-A set of F units. Shown at Bellevue on Aug. 19, 1998. Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
No3_at_NL.jpg (237353 bytes) Here are both F9B's on the Agawa Canyon Tour, here northbound just south of Northland on Aug. 13, 1998. Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
acrcanyonview2.jpg (250888 bytes) Here is the "camp car" Canyon View, which can be rented by the week and set off most anywhere you desire along the line. Shown here on No. 1 at Searchmont on Aug. 19, 1998. The first Canyon View was a stainless steel streamline observation car. Photo 1998 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
acrdome.jpg (232445 bytes) This is the dome car (ex Green Bay & Western) now used on the Agawa Canyon trains. Shown here at Steelton on July 23, 1997. Photo 1997 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
wc_obs.jpg (238971 bytes) Here is the WC's business car 800197, painted in ACR colours! Shown here at North Fond du Lac, WI on Oct. 3, 1997. Photo 1997 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
wc_6001.jpg (281868 bytes) This is the ex Algoma Central 181, an SD40 built Oct. 1971. Shown here at North Fond du Lac, WI on Mar. 26, 1999. Photo copyright 1999 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
wc_6002.jpg (246187 bytes) Here is the ex 183, fresh from the paint shops on Mar. 27, 1999 at North Fond du Lac, WI. Photo copyright 1999 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
acr_menominee.jpg (155231 bytes) This is the re-creation of the C&NW's "Peninsula 400" using the ACR F units and various private and ACR cars. Crossing the Menominee River at Menominee, Michigan on May 6, 2000. Photo copyright 2000 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.
ssam_hopper.jpg (283958 bytes) Here is a photo of an ex-ACR Ortner hopper freshly repainted with the WC colours and shield....I wonder how long this will last now that the CNR is buying out the WC! Shown here at Escanaba, Mich. on Oct. 22, 2000. Photo 2000 by Joe Seidl - used with permission.

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