The trackwork at Casco Junction with comments from a former general
manager of the railroad.
Casco Junction is where the Ahnapee & Western joined the Green
Bay & Western tracks, named for the nearby town of Casco.
The diagram below (click here
for an enlarged copy) shows the tracks as they existed in
1950. Below it is a map based on a hand-drawn map of the
interchange, corrected by Jim Roubal, ex-general manager of the
Ahnapee & Western.
The scale house was used to weigh outbound cars for interchange. For
examples, loaded scrap cars from the shipyards in
Sturgeon Bay or cars of doors from Algoma Hardwoods
would have to have their weights checked to see if they exceeded their
load limits. If they did, the cars went back to the shippers and had
some of the lading removed. If not, the GB&W Kewaunee Job would pick
them up and take them west (or east).
Here are a few things to to take note of:
- The scale track is a lot shorter than the two yard tracks which
were both 28 cars long.
- The old depot came down in the teens and was replaced by a freight
house which came down in the 1940s.
- The sand quarry (Casco Gravel Company) was not functional after
World War II.
- The extension past the water tower to the west, the scale (which
is still visible today), and the wye were built in 1947 when the AHW
bought the line from the GB&W.
- The only road is marked by cross bucks on the drawing.
By the 1960's things had changed at Casco Junction. Prior to
1969 the AHW still extended to Sturgeon Bay and there was a lot more
traffic. A lot more. After 1969 the line only went to Algoma and the
primary customer was the plywood/door plant there. The wye was likely
gone or unused by this time because the diesels were around. The
night GB&W job to Kewaunee would deliver cars for the AHW on one of
the long yard tracks (or both if there were too many) so they did not
foul the switches on either end. If there were too many some would
"spill" onto the old interchange track past the water tower.
The AHW train would come down from Algoma and drop their train, then
block the inbounds for the different online towns for switching on the
- Related material:
- 1944 timetable with Casco Junction
- 1976 excursion train at Casco
- 1978 excursion train at Casco
photo of Casco Junction from Google