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« on: Jun 20th, 2011, 1:10am »
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Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 03:45:42 GMT
From: Mike Kirk <mikekirk at juno dot com>
Subject: Waupaca, Wis. depot (rshsdepot)
 
I joined the RSHS Depot group and have enjoyed reading about projects such as the Hopewell depot restoration. I thought it was about time I wrote a little about the depot I am working on in Waupaca, Wisconsin. It was built in 1907 by the Wisconsin Central. For many years it was operated by the Soo Line, then owned the modern Wisconsin Central, and more recently by the Canadian National. The last passenger train stopped at the depot in 1965. It was used by an agent and section crew until around 1986. After that, it sat abandoned and heavily vandalized. The railroad was willing to sell the depot and several groups and individuals tried, but the cost of moving the heavy stone building made the project beyond their means. Finally, to make a long story short, after getting the city of Waupaca and the Waupaca Historical Society involved, and after several years of careful negotiations with the WC and then the CN, I was able to work them to purchase the depot without moving it. There are about 18 trains a day passing directly by the depot at speeds of up to 60 MPH. The Waupaca Historical Society owns the depot and I bought the freight house across the street myself. Since purchasing the depot in 2004, I have been working on restoring the depot and freight house. I get help with labor and funding the depot however I can. We have made slow but steady progress since then. Yesterday we held an open with about 200 people visiting the depot. I have been posting pictures of the depot on Flickr. Check it out and read more about it if you are interested. Click on the pictures for more information.
http://www dot flickr dot com/photos/11741544 at N05/sets/72157604517578327/ If you want, I can tell you more about the project. Thanks for your interest. Mike Kirk, Waupaca Historical Society
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 20th, 2011, 8:25pm »
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Now that is an interesting story. Sounds lik the good guys are winnng.
 
Our (former HE&WT/T&NO/EsPee) depot saw its last passenger train c.1955, i believe, and was then used for station agent and various administrative purposes related to the yard. Some years ago, the UP traded it to the city (which then got a grant to do restoration work - sorely needed) for a metal building placed on the site of the old freight-house (gone for years).
 
Since restoration (extensive), the depot building has been vacant, but it looks like it will soon be open as a railroad museum, operated by the college using student interns. We shll see how that works out. As part of the restoration work, a nice wrought iron fence was put up along the edge of the platform so there ws no access to the tracks except at the public crossing of Main Street (near-by). We have the Shreveport-Houston main coming through town and an active yard supporting (mainly) a couple of large feed mills, so something to keep people and trains separated seems appropriate.
 
Is there isn't one already, a fence along the platform edge at the Waupaca depot migfht be worth considerng - railroad might even be willing to help with the costs.


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« Reply #2 on: Dec 4th, 2011, 3:44pm »
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Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 05:55:01 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
Subject: Waupaca, WI depot (rshsdepot)
 
 
We continue to work on restoring the former Wisconsin Central/Soo Line depot in Waupaca, Wis. It was purchased from the Canadian National by the Waupaca Historical Society in 2004. Since we got most of the plaster ceilings restored over the summer, I was recently able to refurbish and install some antique ceiling light fixtures. Here are a few pictures that I posted on Flickr. Stop by if you are ever in the Waupaca area.
 
Operators desk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/6416861611/in/set-72157604517578327/
 
Ticket window: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/6416843291/in/set-72157604517578327/
 
Baggage room: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/5828171047/in/set-72157604517578327  
 
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 13th, 2012, 10:56am »
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Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:57:46 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
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Art at the DepotOn Saturday August 18th, the Waupaca Historical Society will be holding Art at the Depot as part of the community's Art on the Square event. Works of verious artists will be displayed in Waupaca's historic railroad depot. The depot was built in 1907 by the Wisconsin Central and operated by the Soo Line over most of its existance. The depot is constructed of sandstone with a Spanish tile roof, three waiting rooms, each with a prominent fireplace, operators office and a baggage room. It was purchased from the Canadian National in 2004 by the historical society and has been undergoing major restoration work. Some of the current projects include renovating the restrooms and relaying the hard wood floors. Also on the depot grounds, is a building displaying one of Waupaca's turn of the century trolley cars and other historic items. A trail leads to the granite quarry behind the depot. http://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544 AT N05/5828171047/in/set-72157604517578327http://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544@N05/6416861611/in/set-72157604517578327/ Mike KirkWaupaca, Wis.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 1st, 2012, 4:21pm »
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Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:36:36 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
Subject: Waupaca, Wis. Depot (rshsdepot)
 
I thought you might be interested in seeing the telegraph pole project we recently did at the Waupaca, Wis. depot owned by the Waupaca Historical Society. We erected a telegraph pole next to the Waupaca depot last week. It looks great there! Almost like it was never gone. A retired Soo Line signal maintainer led the project. The pole was one of a couple spares that he had left on the depot grounds and was still there when we bought the property. We had found quite a few insulators and some climbers as we worked on the yard. The signal maintainer rounded up the rest of the parts such as the three 10 foot cross arms, brackets, bolts and more insulators.It was a great project made even better by hearing the maintainer tell about the traditional railroad ways of doing things. http://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544 AT N05/8120825200/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/8120808825/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/8120808575/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/11741544@N05/8133785617/in/photostream/ Mike Kirk
 
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 20th, 2013, 7:34pm »
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Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:52:35 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
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As the restoration of the Waupaca depot gets closer to completion we are able to hold more and more events there. Saturday Oct. 19th, we hosted historical society representatives from around the area for a morning discussion of issues facing the societies. We opened the session by serving breakfast including the Soo Line dining car specialty French toast made using the Soo Line recipe. The meal was prepared by the University of Wisconsin family living extension agent. Everyone agreed it was a great recipe and they would love to have it again. People are amazed at how quiet and stable the depot is with frequent trains passing at speed just a few feet from the building. http://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544 AT N05/sets Mike Kirk
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 1st, 2013, 11:22am »
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Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 05:33:02 GMT
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It is just after midnight on Halloween. Some how this story of my experience at the Waupaca, Wis. depot last night seems fitting to submit. I Hope you like it. Halloween TrainIt was the evening of October 30. I was working replacing the rotted soffit under the six foot overhang of the old Waupaca Soo Line railroad depot. It was getting late in the fall and I wanted to get as much done as I could before winter set in. It was starting to get dark and rain was steadily falling, periodically coming down hard then and somewhat letting up. The rain did not bother me because I was intent on my work and the wide overhang of the roof protected me from getting wet. The baggage room platform lights came on and illuminated my work. The depot had been built by the Wisconsin Central in 1907 after fire destroyed the existing wooden structure. The new building was a grand design fit for Waupaca's growing tourist business. The exterior walls were of solid sandstone with a clay Spanish tile roof. Inside there were three waiting rooms, each with a large coal burning fireplace. The ceilings were thirteen feet high and the woodwork was of varnished oak. The Soo Line had painted over the woodwork but I was nearly finished returning it back to the original look. There was also a baggage room, office and two restrooms. Over the years, thousands of people had passed through the depot seeing loved ones off on the journeys, or traveling on trips of their own. Gradually times changed and the last passenger train on the Soo Line paused at the depot in 1965. A number of years later, the new Wisconsin Central railroad took over the line through Waupaca and closed the depot which had still housed a freight agent and section crew. After that, the depot stood abandoned, vandalized, and awaiting its fate. Then in 2004, after negotiations with the railroad's new owner, the Canadian National, the Waupaca Historical Society was able to purchase the depot, leaving it on its original site beside their busy main line through Wisconsin. Since !
then, my hobby has been to work on restoring the depot. At first, people thought the badly vandalized building, in its out-of-the-way part of town, was not worth spending the time and money on to save. But as I worked on fixing it up, they could appreciate what the depot was and were excited to see what it again was becoming. That evening, working on finishing the next section of the soffit, I climbed down from my platform on the scaffolding under the eaves in order to trim a board to fit. Walking around to the front of the depot, I noticed another pickup truck in the driveway beside my own. I went inside to find a man looking at some of the information I had posted about the depot. He was a rail fan passing through Waupaca on his way to a meeting and decided to stop by and see how the work was progressing. As we visited, I could hear the faint sound of a train whistle at the grade crossings to the east. We moved into the office with its large bay windows to catch sight of the train as it passed by. By that time it had gotten completely dark outside. The rain was still falling, and the windows had steamed up. When the train came speeding past, We could hear the sound of the diesel engine and see its bright lights, but we could not see the engine at all in the pitch black darkness. The engine passed and we expected to see the black silhouettes of freight cars passing the bay windows. As we watched, much to our surprise, flickering lights on the sides of the passing cars continued to shine through the windows. We said to each other, &ldquo;That is no freight train!&rdquo; It looked of all the world like a the lights of a passenger train speeding by. We hurried to open the door to the trackside platform and step out. By the time we got outside, the train had passed and all we could see were its receding lights as it rounded the curve to the west. We figured that probably it was a rail grinding train or some other maintenance equipment. Soon the railfan left and I returned to finishing up my soffit work. I could not!
 get out of my mind the sight of those lights on the railroad cars passing the depot. Was it really a maintenance train? It was night was the eve of Halloween. Just maybe it was really the the ghost of a long ago passenger train hurrying on its way through the rainy night to some far off Halloween destination.as seen by Mike Kirk 10/30/2013
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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:35:05 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
Subject: Waupaca, Wis. depot open house (rshsdepot)
 
Waupaca, Wisconsin depot open house
 
The Waupaca Historical Society will hold an open house at the Waupaca depot on Saturday June 21st 10 AM to 5 PM during the city's annual Strawberry Fest.
 
The depot was built in 1907 by the Wisconsin Central and was operated for many years by the Soo Line. Today approximately 20 trains a day pass the depot on the busy Canadian National main line through Wisconsin. Situated on an embankment, it looks out at Plant 1 of the Waupaca Foundry, the worlds largest producer of gray and ductile iron castings. Visitors to the depot can watch the foundry being switched every afternoon. The depot hosts an Advanced Traffic Control System receiver. A large monitor shows the locations of trains along the line.
 
The depot is constructed with foot thick sandstone walls and a Spanish tile roof. It has 13 foot high ceilings with beautiful varnished oak wainscoting. There are three waiting rooms, each with a large fireplace, a baggage room, and ticket office. Besides the usual telegraph and lantern collections, the historical society can boast of a collection of 61 dining car menus from famous passenger trains during the heyday of train travel. There is a twenty piece collection of rare Soo Line holloware and a collection of BNSF safety award plates. Particularly fascinating is the collection of freight way bills from the '40s and '50s showing goods being shipped from around the country.
 
Model railroaders will be interested in the HO scale Bullmoose switching layout. It was built in England and features a Maine scene. It was exhibited at a number of English shows and featured in the September 2000 Model Railroader magazine. It was brought to the United States about a dozen years ago, and last winter it was donated to the Waupaca Historical Society. Also on display, is a brass locomotive, still in kit form, that was one of the first run of 100 models by Bowser, and an 1 scale model circus train that was built by one of the persons in charge of loading and unloading the great circus train from Circus World Museum at Baraboo.
 
Last year, we acquired a Milwaukee Road caboose that had been used by the Lake States Transportation Company. Visitors are very surprised at what they see when they step inside! A separate building on the grounds features the baggage car that was purchased used in 1899 by the Waupaca Electric Light and Railway Company and operated for 26 years on the five mile trolley line between Waupaca and the Chain o' Lakes. A walking trail behind the depot leads to a quarry where granite was cut into pavers for use in city streets. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the history and geology of the quarry.
 
The Waupaca Area Model Railroaders are holding their 25th annual model railroad show on both Saturday and Sunday at the downtown Waupaca Rec Center.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 9th, 2014, 10:05am »
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Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:41:16 GMT
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Subject: Waupaca, Wis. Depot (rshsdepot)
 
 
 
July 4th Waupaca Old Time Auto Club potluck dinner at the depot followed by a tour and visit to the Hutchinson House museum. We had a great time and a perfect day!
 
https://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544 AT N05/sets/72157645537740126/
 
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 16th, 2014, 10:34am »
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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:05:56 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
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I always enjoy reading Bernie's frequent posts and comparing their work in Hopewell to our efforts in Waupaca, Wis.
 
We have 16 degrees this Sunday morning, clear and an inch of fresh snow.
I too, have been working on making shelves this weekend. Ours are a large set of shelves in the freight house to hold our tools and other items now scattered in the depot, freight house and car barn. We need to get things organized to make room for a collection of stuff from the Milwaukee Road shops that used to be on the flats in Milwaukee.
 
A couple recent shots, but not with the snow.
Night time at the depot:
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Freight house:
https://www DOT flickr DOT com/photos/11741544 AT N05/15418573260/in/photostream/
 
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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:11:00 -0500
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Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration 11/15/2014 (rshsdepot)
It was 22 degrees with bright sunshine this morning, We had to scrape
heavy frost off the car windows. There was little foot traffic on the
Rail Trail and our volunteers concentrated on building a new display
shelf for the Visitor Center.
 
Next Depot open date will be Saturday, November 22.
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 8th, 2014, 1:25am »
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Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 04:08:12 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
Subject: Waupaca Depot video (rshsdepot)
 
Here is a short interview and video of the Waupaca, Wis. depot. The depot is the first segment on the video. Hope you enjoy it!
 
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http://www.cityofwaupaca.org/wintv/2014/12/05/whats-happening-waupaca-december-2014/
 
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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:07:20 GMT
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Last passenger train to Waupaca
by Mike Kirk
 
The last passenger train pulled out of the Waupaca depot 50 years ago. The Waupaca Historical Society will commemorate the event Jan. 16-17
 
 
Sept. 28, 1871, was an exciting day for the people of Waupaca.
 
The first train arrived in town on the newly laid tracks of the Wisconsin Central. The city finally had its window to the world where people and goods could efficiently be transported, allowing it grow and prosper.
 
For decades, the people of Waupaca relied on passenger trains to take them and their loved ones wherever they wanted to go. Businessmen and those in the military traveled by train. Tourists used the train, making Waupaca a popular vacation area. Mail and packages were transported in the railroad baggage and mail cars.
 
Over the years, technology changed and people preferred to use their own automobiles, especially as the roads were improved. Long distance travel by air was quicker. Fewer passengers boarded trains.
 
On Jan. 15, 1965, northbound Soo Line train No. 3, "The Laker," the last passenger train to stop at Waupaca, departed from Chicago on its final trip to Duluth, Minn.. Pausing at the Waupaca depot, five Waupaca area people, wanting to make the final trip, boarded the train and left the station at 2:50 a.m. Jan. 16, ending nearly a century of service
 
The Waupaca County Post ran a story about the train in the following week's paper. As a 9-year-old boy, I cut out the story to paste in a railroad scrap book I was making as a Cub Scout project. I still have that scrap book. Little did I know that some day I would be restoring the depot for the Waupaca Historical Society.
 
Depot commemoration
 
To commemorate 50 years since the last passenger train stopped at the depot, the facility will be open for visitors from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, and again from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
 
The restoration is nearly complete. There will be refreshments and a presentation on the history of Waupaca depots. Visitors may also try cross country skiing or snowshoeing on the quarry trail behind the depot if the weather permits.
 
 
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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:15:45 GMT
From: Mike Kirk  
Subject: Waupaca, Wis. Depot (rshsdepot)
 
 
Here is a little video about some things happening at the Waupaca, Wis. railroad depot. Thought you might enjoy it.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnJGEAKx10I
 
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