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Once in a Rail Time

First of all, I greatly apologize for less than doing a post in 3 years, it was only I ended up doing other stuff in that matter of time. I was initially planning doing a post each weekend by the beginning of 2019, as well as a couple of times afterward as well, however those were missed for that reason as well, so I greatly apologize for that as well.

Anyway, the previous summer vacation, Mom and I were planning on getting a witness of a Wisconsin and Southern fright train from over neath this bridge by Washington Elementary School in Whitewater where I went to Elementary school. Mom has also been a teacher there for 24 years.

The line you see in Whitewater today runs from Horicon to Janesville and is over 165 years old, and although daily passenger stops were once quite a common thing in Whitewater, consider yourself real lucky if you see a train there nowadays besides a Wisconsin and Southern (or other diesel locomotives within that matter) freight train. The line first came to Whitewater in 1852, as did its first passenger depot. In 1891, a new passenger depot (the one you see by Trippy Lake today) was constructed and the old passenger depot was converted into a freight one. You may have heard that rail transport declined following World War II due to automobile competition, and the initial amount of 8 daily passenger stops was decreased in the 1940s according to a bronze plaque by the passenger depot, although the final passenger stop was not until November 29, 1951. The passenger depot reopened as a museum in 1974. As for the freight depot, it was demolished in 1990 following being vacant for quite a bit.

The 1891 passenger depot as well as the bronze plaque that I mentioned just earlier.

Anyway, Mom and I figured a normal time for the Wisconsin and Southern freight trains passing through Whitewater, which was around 5:30 on Thursdays. We finally went on July 16, and a mother and her sons even accompanied us within that time. I did believe a got a footage of the train passing down us from when it was first seeable through when it was completely out of sight. However, it was following us returning home that I realized my simple error: me unintentionally left my camera on “photos”. Though here are the images I got anyway:

Luckily, Mom still got HER footage of the train, and she even included me in it at its conclusion.

The Wisconsin and Southern train footage Mom shot the previous time.

Mom and I did consider heading there a second time in order for me to get a footage this time, however we only ended up doing other stuff then as well, and that was not until one of my walks just 2 days ago, again on a Thursday exactly one year afterwards. While I was being patient for the freight train, I noticed an interesting scene on a basketball hoop lying on the bridge legs beside the rails, detached from its platform:

I finally heard a freight train in the distance, and it was headed in the same direction as the train we got a year earlier. However this time, the locomotives appeared to be Union Pacific locomotives with their front logos peeled off. I DID get a footage of the train up to it being purely out of sight this time:

The Union Pacific train footage I shot in the midst of my walk. I apologize for my finger being in it a couple of times, as well as the shaking at 0:37; there was this insect that would not quit buzzing around me.

I had also noticed that there was now slight growth on the track; in order to show that, I photographed shots from each side on the track from the bridge following the train being out of sight (thought I could still hear its horn in the distance for a bit):

I photographed another interesting sight as I was exiting the bridge as well, which was this stone directly underneath the side of the bridge reading the BR and MP as well.

I photographed a sign informing the bridge’s history as well:

I photographed a bit more of the slight growth on the rails en route to home as well: the first 2 were less than close-up images, so I photographed 2 further images to show it easier. I posted the first 2 photographs up anyway, just so you are capable seeing what they are.

Finally, I got a pair of shots of the crossings’ relay case as well: the first is a zoomed image in order to the dot code to be read easier, and the other is a full size image of the relay case in its surrounding area.

As of this second, the pleasant news is: I truly WILL assume doing posts each weekend as of today.


10 Events That Should Have Happened But Never Did

I’m the kind of guy who prefers things when they’re completed. I know sometimes, something that is planned to happen gets announced, but ends up getting folded. Also, I feel like some things just aren’t making it through. For this post, I will talk about 10 events, beings, and places that should have went to their places or should have been completed, though they never did so. These 10 events will be from both TV and real life.


ALF, as we know, stood for Alien Life Form. We also know that his show premiered on NBC in 1986, when he crash-landed on Earth when his planet, Melmac exploded, and he landed where the Tanner family lived. The final episode of the show called “CONSIDER ME GONE” aired on March 24, 1990. During the episode, ALF gets a message from his alien friends, Skip and Rhonda, saying that the Melmacians have been planning to make their new homes on a New Melmac planet, and ALF agrees to go with them. During the night, Tanner family drops him off, and then Skip and Rhonda’s spaceship comes. But just as the spaceship gets closer, the Alien Task Force arrives on the scene, and then the spaceship flies away! The Alien Task Force captures ALF. Despite the “TO BE CONTINUED” message at the end of the episode, the network would not allow any more episodes to resolve this, but ABC aired a special called “PROJECT: ALF”, in 1996. There, contrary to the Tanner’s worries, ALF was doing just fine in captivity, until the Alien Task Force president ordered him to be executed. Luckily, his plan failed and he was arrested. Then, ALF finally gets released from captivity, but then, something else occurs: he is declared Earth’s intergalactic ambassador, so he was then to represent the planet. Who thought making ALF Earth’s ambassador when he was trying to go to his new home was a good idea? I’m okay if your opinion is different, but I prefer extraterrestrials when they’re on THEIR planets, not on Earth.


The Kalahari resorts as we know are some of America’s largest water parks. The Fredericksburg, Virginia location of Kalahari was announced in late 2007. Kalahari currently has locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, and Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and another location is coming to Round Rock, Texas. What kind of sucks is that Fredericksburg isn’t a real resort town like Wisconsin Dells, Sandusky, and Pocono Mountains. Anyway, Kalahari president Todd Nelson said they had found a great location for it. The Fredericksburg location was to be located along the Interstate 95 and was to be larger than the Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky locations. This location was announced for groundbreaking in 2008, and for opening in late 2009. However, with lack of funding, they project was delayed. The Fredericksburg people said they had been looking forward to the resort. Currently, this location of Kalahari could have been a dead project, or at least one that’s on hold. Without Kalahari, I’m sure many attraction enthusiasts will have no reason to go to Fredericksburg (unless they need to pass through it to get to other places).


The Seattle SuperSonics of Seattle, Washington were an NBA team formed in 1967. They introduced a brown, furry mascot named Squatch in 1993. In the 2000’s, their old arena, KeyArena, was the smallest one in the NBA. Also, with heavy losses, a decision was made to get the team a new arena with Howard Schultz, a CEO for Starbucks Coffee Cooperation. After failing to get a new arena in the Seattle area, the team was sold to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2006. When the team finally moved in Oklahoma City in 2008, they got a complete makeover, and they formed the Oklahoma City Thunder. Squatch must have been heartbroken when his team folded.


The Soo Line 2719 steam locomotive was built in May of 1923, and it ran until its 1959 retirement. It was then displayed in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until 1996, when a restoration for it began. It then returned to service in 1998. Then, in 2013, its 15-year boiler operations were to have expired in the summer, but it went further, as late as September. It was said to have gotten its 15-year overhaul afterward, but for some reason, it was soon loaned to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for display instead. Though the 2719 has an unknown future, if it DID get that overhaul in the first place, it could have been back in service by now.


The Wisconsin Badgers had made to the NCAA Final Four in 2014, where they played the Kentucky Wildcats, though Kentucky won that game by just one point. Afterward, they made a goal to make their first national championship since 1941. The next year, they made it to the Final Four again, where they faced Kentucky again. But this time, Kentucky was then undefeated, but Wisconsin won, 71-64. Then, the Badgers faced the Duke Blue Devils in the national championship game. Wisconsin and Duke had already met earlier that season in December, but Duke won 80-70. Duke had already won 4 national championships. At one point in the second half, Wisconsin had a 9-point lead, but after Duke took a time-out, they managed to make a comeback, and within the last 5 and a half minutes, they took the lead for the first time in the second half. The Blue Devils ended up winning 68-63. Badger assistant coach Greg Gard said that the Badgers knew they were going to win. With all that I said above, it would have been more fair if WISCONSIN won that game, wouldn’t it?


When this road was constructed in 2004, it was originally going to be made for houses, but as beyond where it stops isn’t so great, the rest of the construction was cancelled. It stops in a cornfield, but it is used for dog walks. I’m sure the last thing this road needs is to permanently stay like this. I’m trying to imagine where there are other “road to nowheres” like this in the world?

#7: SPIDERMAN 4 (2011)

Development for this film began in 2008. This Spiderman franchise had a first film in 2002, a second film in 2004, and a third film in 2007. Sony also gave this film a release date of May 5, 2011. The Green Goblin was the villain for the first film, Doctor Octopus was the villain for the second film, and the New Goblin, Venom, and Sandman were the villains for the third film. The Lizard and a few others where going to be this film’s villains. But with so many issues during 2009, the film was cancelled in January 2010. However, here’s one good thing about the film’s cancellation: it lead to the creation of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN film of 2012.


MAC stands for Mysterious Alien Creature. The film MAC was in is called MAC AND ME, which was released in August of 1988. In the film, an NASA spacecraft comes to MAC’s planet, and he and his family get sucked in the spacecraft before it makes its way back to Earth. But MAC and his family have an amazing power: they can destroy or heal anything they touch! They use their powers to get rid of all the people who are attacking them. MAC’s family gets stranded in the desert, will MAC himself gets into a car with the Cruise family moving from Illinois to California. Their youngest son, Eric, who is in a wheelchair, befriends MAC. Together, they find MAC’s family in an abandoned mine. When Eric is killed in a crossfire explosion, MAC and his family use their powers to bring him back to life. The final scene shows MAC and his family riding in a car, along with the kids who helped them. When they are driving, a bubblegum message shows up, that reads “WE’LL BE BACK!”, but then it pops as they are going under a highway bridge. However, with so many box office returns and negative reviews, the sequel for this film was then cancelled. The reason I’m putting this in my post is because of that “WE’LL BE BACK!” message. I guess now because the sequel was cancelled, this is now a bit of a cliffhanger movie.


The Warner Bros. Studio Stores were a chain of shops where you could buy figures and items with Warner Bros. features. The first Warner Bros. Studio Store opened in 1991. In 1993, the chain pulled into 5th Ave. and 57 St. in New York City, as well as one in Times Square in 1998. The 5th ave. store expanded with 6 higher floors in 1996. This chain also came into malls, as well as a few locations in Chicago. The WB Studio Stores proved very successful in their early years, but they said their sales in their later years were disappointing. In January of 2000, a plan was announced to have Time Warner and America Online merge. Under the new agreement, they said the chain would have to look there a new owner that sold anything WB-related, and they warned that if they didn’t, they would shut the stores. The following year, after failing to find the chain a new owner, all WB Studio Stores went out of business for good.


In POKEMON episode 25, “PRIMEAPE GOES BANANAS”, a wild Mankey appears. Team Rocket then makes Mankey angry, and it evolves into a Primeape. After a lot of encouragement, Ash and his Charmander work together to finally capture Primeape. Four episodes later, in “THE PUNCHY POKEMON”, Primeape begins to listen to Ash’s commands on the P-1 fighting tournament, and they eventually win the tournament and they championship belt. Just then, a man named Anthony who was also in the tournament offers to train Primeape for a while to have it become a true P-1 champion. Ash agrees, and leaves Primeape with a tearful goodbye. So far, Primeape is the only Pokemon left for training that has not be reunited with Ash. Also, giving a Pokemon that you caught not so long ago, that has just start listening to you, and has just won a tournament for training for so long has to be one of the saddest things in the anime. The Pokemon Wiki even said that this Primeape is now Anthony’s. But this anime as we know it is still in production, and you never know what might just turn up.

This post is now through. This is how these things are for now, but who knows what could happen in the future!


Long Gone Lyons Rails

My only post of July. Down below are two photos of abandoned wig-wags and rails in Lyons, Wisconsin in 1997.

The wig-wags and rails look like they are in pretty bad shape. The line that was abandoned was the Milwaukee Road SOUTHWESTERN line in 1980. Finally, in 2000, the wig-wags were removed to a private collector from Minnesota, and the rails were turned into a trail as well.

This post is now through.


Sophia Fox And The Lewistown Wig-Wags

Another August post. I know this post’s 2 topics don’t really go together, but I like them, so I’m doing this one for you now.

In Lewistown, Montana, there once stood 2 Wig-Wag signals on West Water Street. Down below is a photo of them from 2002.


The line was then operated by BNSF. At the time of the photo above being taken, there had been rumors that Lewistown did not want tracks in town anymore, and thus the trains only came to Lewistown about once a week.

However, in 2003, a storm washed away part of the track, and the line was taken out of service. Finally, in December 2005, BNSF got permission to abandon the Lewistown line. Then the word got around that the Wig-Wags and other railroad crossing signals there would be removed. The rails would also be pulled and the line would become a crosswalk trail. This finally happened during 2006.

Now, for your preschooler family member, he or she may have heard of a show called TEAM UMIZOOMI. Ever wondered who voiced Milli during the season 1  episodes (except the episode “The Butterfly Dance Show”, for unknown reasons)? Well, down below is a picture of the girl recording as Milli.


Her name is Sophia Fox, only it’s spelled “Sofia Fox” in the picture. She was born in 1999 in New York City.

Other voice actors for those episodes include Ethan Kempner and Donovan Patton.

That’s the end of this post. There’s just about 2 weeks before school resumes.


Tough Moment in Your Mind?

In Whitewater, there is a Sentry Foods store. Down below is an image of it.


Right next to Sentry on the left, there is a Walmart store. Down below is a google maps view of it from October 2007.

Then, in the summer of 2011, the Walmart was upgraded into a larger, and cheaper one that now sells foods. Down below is an image of it of September 2012.

Due to the newer Walmart being more cheaper, Sentry lost a lot of money. It was in mid-October 2015 that they announced they were closing. The Sentry in Whitewater will be gone by December 16, 2015. The rumor is that the location will be turned into another grocery store or an auto dealership. Make your visits now! Otherwise you’ll have to look up their locations to make your permanent Sentry trip….

Wisconsin lost the basketball championship this year, but hopefully they can win it next year.

On a CN line (before 2001), there were 4 wig-wags.

Epworth Peosta Galena NearGalena

Sadly, the one in Epworth was removed in May 2001. The one in Peosta was removed in August 2002. The one in Galena was removed in June 2013. The one in JoDaviess County (I don’t know the exact month but it was between April 2001 and September 2008) is gone as well. Most of the crossings now have flashers, but the one in Epworth has wooden signs.

That’s it for this post (and October 2015) (Happy Halloween, after all). Stay tuned for my next post.


Once a Road, now a Bike Path

In Madison, Wisconsin (before 2006), there used to be a road called Thornton Avenue. It had 2 railroad crossings. One used Gates and Flashers. The other used Wig-Wags. Both crossings were used by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad.

Unfortunately, I could not find any pictures of the Thornton Avenue #1 Gates and Flashers anywhere on the internet. So I just have some pictures of the crossing #2 Wig-Wags down below.



Down below is a photo of the Wig-Wags in action.

Thornton Avenue in Action

But then, in the summer of 2006, for reasons unknown, the road was narrowed, and was renamed as Yahara Parkway. The photo down below shows some photos of the new Yahara #2 crossing. The first 2 photos are showing the main path views of the crossing. The next 2 show the track views. The last one shows the relay case for the Wig-Wags.






Strangely, the Relay Case still reads South Thornton Avenue, and the rails on the crossing are still as wide as they were when the line was Thornton Avenue.

These pictures were taken in very late 2006 (December 29 to be exact), when the Yahara Parkway just opened. Unfortunately, the new crossing #1 pictures were unavailable at the time, because they were still upgrading it. Down below of the pictures of it taken on August 8, 2009.





The bridge shows that he line used to be double-tracked.

Yes, the Gates and Flashers were torn out, and replaced with crossbucks and tiny stop signs on wooden posts. The Gates and Flashers’s Relay Cases and Concrete Pads are also gone. Unlike crossing #2, the rails through the crossing are now the same width as the path.

Okay, now I’ll go back to the Wig-Wags since that’s what we like more. Down below is another photo of the Wig-Wags in action, this time as Yahara Parkway.


However, in the spring of 2010 (I think the month was April but I’m not sure), the railroad made a further upgrade to the Yahara #2 crossing….


Yes, both Wig-Wags were torn out, and replaced with crossbucks and yield signs on wooden posts. The railroad gave this crossing more adequate pathway crossing signs. Nothing signal-related remains on this pathway anymore, although the Relay Cases and Concrete Pads are still here.

In 2011, the stop signs on the crossing #1 were removed, but shortly afterward they are put back on. Down below is a photo of the train crossing through them in 2015.


Notice little “Progress” words have been written on the stop signs (maybe that’s way they were taken off).

Perhaps when I grow up, I could make a few changes to this pathway and even a few of the stuff around it (It’s too much to explain for right now, but when they’re made, you’ll see what I mean). Well, I should probably join the City of Madison before I can do that.

Well, that’s the end of this post. My next one will be in 2 weekends from now. Stay tuned!


Plymouth, Wi, and Vernon, Mi, Wig-Wags

My first post of October!

Plymouth, Wisconsin has 2 railroad crossings shown below. One is at Elizabeth Street, and the other is at Main and Milwaukee Street.



There’s an interesting story beyond these crossings. A few decades ago (before 1981), there used to be a total of 6 Wig-Wags here. The Milwaukee Road Rails owned one half of the signals and the CNW Rails owned the other half. In 1981, the Milwaukee Road Rails replaced their half of the signals with modern flashers, while the CNW Rails somewhat left their half alone.

There used to be a road called Main Street here, but was closed in 1993, and is now Milwaukee Street. The signal in the picture to the right above used to protect that part, but now it’s a pedestrian signal.


Notice that none of those signals have bells. I guess it’s kind of weird that they would leave them out. Don’t worry, though, I’m sure the bells will be added eventually.

Okay here was another Wig-Wag location: In Vernon, Michigan at Parmenter Road.


Now, this was no ordinary Wig-Wag. It’s banner had been changed out for unknown reasons, and believe it or not, it was replaced with a HIGHWAY FLASHER LIGHT! The bell ran a little faster than a normal one does. The crossbuck on the signal was installed backwards, and the small, bottom sign said “STOP ON RED SIGNAL” instead of “STOP WHEN SINGING”.

This was also rumored to be the last Wig-Wag in the state of Michigan. The other side only had a crossbuck and a stop sign on a wooden post.


Sadly, on Valentine’s Day, 2005, a grader accidentally hit this Wig-Wag while it was snowplowing through here. The Wig-Wag was too damaged to be put back into service, so the workers installed a crossbuck on a wooden post in place of it. Don’t worry, though, standard flashers replaced the 2 crossbucks and the stop sign shortly afterward.

That’s the end of this post. Stay tuned for my next one!


Some Great Past Times from when I was Younger (and my future ahead of me)

Well, it’s the last weekend of September 2015. In just a little more than 3 months from now, after 12 long years my childhood days will finally come to an end. It’s a sad feeling, but I wanted to share some fantastic and some sad past times from the previous years, so this will be kind of a long post.

In June of 2011, most of my family and I went on a cruise trip for 10 days. On June 17, my parents, brothers, and I left our house and flew over to New Jersey. On June 18, we went to a Thomas Edison museum. On June 19, we all boarded our ship called the MS VEENDAM, and it left New York. On June 21, it reached a series of islands called Bermuda. On June 22, Mom and I went on a tour using a glass-bottom boat. On June 23, we went on a little train (it wasn’t much of a train, really, it just a machine shaped like one) and we went to a ocean museum. On June 24, the MS VEENDAM left Bermuda. On June 26, it reached New York. We all got off and went back to the Hotel in New Jersey. Mom took me to a New Jersey playground later that day. On June 27, my parents, brothers, and I flew back home to Wisconsin.


Also, my older brother Jake went on a trip to South Africa during 2014 (I THINK because he could do a school project but I don’t exactly remember). He also got me a South Africa rugby hat. Jake left Wisconsin on August 13 and returned on December 2.


Every spring, my parents and I fly south to Florida to visit my Grandpa Jack. We don’t go to Orlando, however; we go the the Pelican Bay in Naples. We also take trips to the Kalahari Resorts at the end of January as well.

Now, there are not many Wig-Wags left in Wisconsin. One of the Wig-Wag signals from the past was in Blue River. Down below us a photo of it.


This photo was shot on May 23, 2006.

But later that same year, the workers did some work at this very spot….


This photo was shot on October 10, 2006.

Yes, this crossing has gotten a huge upgrade within the last few days or so. The road was re-paved, and the weeds were cut down. But I’m sure the saddest change of all is that the Wig-Wag was torn out, and a crossbuck and a stop sign on a wooden post was installed in place of it. Nothing signal related remains here any more, since the other side had a crossbuck and yield sign. But on the other hand, I think the new sign is in good condition and will serve proudly. And yes, I must admit, the road looks much better than it did back on May 23.

Last month (in August 2015) the Google Maps crew drove past here to find that both signs were still there.

Notice one the the buildings in the background has been demolished. Blue signs that tell the emergency number have also been added.

It seems to me that even though the signs are both still in excellent shape, there’s still a void with the Wig-Wag missing for almost 9 years.

In case any of you guys wanted to know what Wig-Wags are left in Wisconsin, there are 3 in Plymouth, 2 in Sheboygan, and 2 in Baraboo.

Remember in the post before my last one that I said there were 2 Wig-Wags on Yahara Parkway in Madison? Well, those are torn up now. When I grow up to be a man, I could possibly build my OWN Wig-Wag signals and install them at the crossing #2. I could also make Griswolds (Griswolds are these old-fashioned signals that have flipping stop signs) and install them at the crossing #1.

In Whitewater, there is this huge apartment building called THE ELEMENT that the university students use.


There’s an interesting, but sad story upon this location. Several years ago (before 2011), there used to be a chapel here called Calvary Lutheran Church. Sadly, in mid 2010-2011, the church was sold to another company, and was completely torn down. The workers built this apartment area in place of it.

In downtown, there used to be a place called WALL CRAWLERS. If you went inside, you would see a huge, rock climbing wall that the big kids could go on. However, in the year 2010, due to the owner moving back to Colorado, the WALL CRAWLERS gym was closed and turned into part of Jessica’s Restaurants.

I’m sure when I get older, I could team up to bring back the WALL CRAWLERS rock climbing gym. I’m not sure about the Calvary Lutheran Church, however.

Also, I would certainly have a wife a bit younger than I am. We could make a CD featuring the songs, “A Whole New World”, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Take Me Home Tonight”, “Somebody That I Used To Know”, and others. I sure hope we have children!

I could pilot a small, propeller plane that my whole family could fit in.

I could also make many toy replicas and have my comic cartoon characters one day become famous.

But on the other hand, once I turn 13, I’ll be too old to do all of the kid attractions. I’ll be too old to go on the blue chair swings at starin park, I’ll be too old to do the NCL Splash Zone, and I just might be too old to go on the restaurant play places.

Now despite all that above, Mom says I’ll STILL be a kid. She states that Teenagers are just older kids, and that I won’t really become an adult until I’m 18. Man, that sure makes me feel better!

Plus, I’ll be old enough to do PINTEREST! You must be at least 13 years old to sign up, so that means next year I can look at their photos!

Plus, when I was much younger, I used to want to be big instead of little. Well, I’m not really much of a little guy anymore, although I’m pretty sure when I’m an adult, I’ll REALLY be an old guy.

Plus, I used to watch little preschool shows all the time when I was younger. Believe it or not, I have a lot of toys for younger children, and I still record lots of preschool shows on our DVR. I usually look up preschool stuff on the internet. Man, I can’t believe I’m still liking these things after all these years; Mom and Dad even say I can still have them for a really long time!

Although my childhood days will be missed, I’m looking forward to growing up and having a wife and kids!

Well, that’s the end of this post. I’ll try to enjoy my last 3 months of my childhood, but in the meantime, stay tuned for my next posts!



How Roads change around Wig-Wag signals

There once was a Wig-Wag signal at Blue River, Wisconsin. The road was South East Street, and the railroad was Wisconsin and Southern. The other side of the crossing had one crossbuck, and one yield sign.




But then, during October of 2006, things changed. The workers had re-paved the road at the crossing, resulting the Wig-Wag to get pulled out of service, and a crossbuck and a stop sign took over the Wig-Wag. Down below is an image of the new replacement sign right after the crossing was upgraded.


In Madison, Wisconsin, there are 2 crossings on the same pathway. They are Yahara Parkway #1 and Yahara Parkway #2.


Yahara Parkway #1


Yahara Parkway #2

The name of the path is, of course, Yahara Parkway. The railroad is also Wisconsin and Southern. Notice Yahara Parkway #2 is the crossing with the Wig-Wag signals.

There’s an interesting story upon these crossings. Several years ago, the Yahara path used to be wider, and as a street called Thornton Avenue. But then, in the summer of 2006, for reasons unknown, the road was narrowed and turned into a pedestrian/bike path called Yahara Parkway. When it was Thornton Avenue, crossing #1 used Gates and Flashers, and crossing #2 used Wig-Wags. When it was turned into Yahara Parkway, the crossing #1 Gates and Flashers were torn out and were replaced with crossbucks and miniature stop signs. The Wig-Wags at crossing #2 somehow survived the path upgrade.

But then, in the early spring of 2010, the crossing #2 Wig-Wags were torn out and were replaced by crossbucks and yield signs. Down below is a photo of one of the new crossing #2 signs from 2013. It is only viewed from behind, but who really cares?


In addition to replacing the Wig-Wags with wooden signs at crossing #2, later they also added a yellow dashed line to the path. The miniature stop signs on the crossing #1 sign poles were eventually removed, but soon they were put back on.

Lastly, there were 2 Wig-Wags in Alton, Illinois, on Illinois Street, and the line was operated by the Union Pacific.



But then, in the late 2000’s, the road was shorted and a line was removed, so both signals are gone now. They did not get torn out at exactly the same time, however.

Well, that’s it for this post. My next one will be published this weekend. Stay tuned!



Whitewater, Wisconsin-Old and Different

Finally, here’s today’s post: How Whitewater, Wisconsin changed over time.

There once was a place called WALL CRAWLERS next to Jessica’s restaurant. It was used by the boy scouts during their activities. It had this huge, indoor climbing wall that the boy scouts could go on. Dad and my older brother Jacob have been to it 5 or 6 times. Mom and I have been in it only once. Google Maps showed photos of it in October 2007 and again in September 2009.

Those street views show it back then-open and operating. But in 2010, since no one wanted to be the leader anyone, boy scouts ended. The guy who owned the place even moved back to Colorado. So WALL CRAWLERS was closed and the site has been part of Jessica’s the past 5 years or so. Down below is the new Jessica’s part viewed from October of 2012.

And plus, since boy scouts has now ended, I don’t go in their church anymore. It has this little play area with all these little preschooler toys. I went to this area every time we went there. How I miss playing in there.

Speaking of churches, there was this church the university called the CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH. Down below is a street view of it from October 2007.

But then, around 2009, it was sold, and was demolished. The church was torn down at about the same time WALL CRAWLERS and the boy scouts went away.

The church was replaced with this university student apartment building called THE ELEMENT.

And here’s the last thing: just southwest of Whitewater is the town called Lima Center, which is barely a town at all. Once, at its main railroad crossing, there was this wigwag signal. Down below is a few pictures of it, followed by a video of it in action.




Notice that the banner is missing its top stripe and that there is no crossbuck on the signal since there is a crossbuck and a stop sign in front of it. That was also the only signal at the crossing. The other side only had a few crossbucks and stop signs.

But then….in early August of 2011, someone went to the crossing to find out that….


Yes, you see it right; the wig-wag at this crossing has been removed. Nothing signal-related remains here anymore. According to Dan’s WigWag site, the WigWag had been removed earlier that year, although it was said to have been stolen.

All these old things were very good to us. I really wish they were all still there, but I guess I can’t really do anything about it right this minute.

Well, that’s the end of this post. My next post will be published next weekend. Stay tuned!