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Jeff Baumann gives his reports on what's happening to the ex-GB&W in and around Green Bay.

Jeff's reports are insightful, mixing the current news with information on the history of the railroad and speculation on the future.

March 2015: Last Customer in Manawa


The last customer still left from the Green Bay to Manawa section of the GB&W has stopped rail shipments apparently for good. Sturm Foods in Manawa was the last customer left after the removal of the tracks from New London to Green Bay over the course of the last 10 years. Track sections and railroad signals have been removed and grade crossings have been repaved. I expect the tracks from New London to Manawa will eventually be removed and the trackbed returned to nature. At this time I don't believe a Nature Trail will be built as the Black Creek to New London section was allowed to return to nature.

Norwood Yard has been pretty quiet lately with only a few cars parked by the Pickle Factory.

- Jeff Baumann
March 1, 2015

Past issues of the Baumann Report

Past issues of the Baumann Report:

March 2015:
Last Customer in Manawa
January 2013:
Track Removal
July 2012:
Wolf River Lumber stops rail shipments
June 2011:
Trail to Black Creek
March 2009:
Newton Blackmour Trail
August 2008:
Duck Creek Trail
April 2008:
Pipeline unloaded at Norwood Yard
May 2007:
Manawa Trail
April 2006:
Car storage at Black Creek
September 2005:
Black Creek and Packerland Industrial Park still see service
July 2004:
Sturm Foods, Wolf River Lumber & Amherst Junction bridge still see traffic
January 2004:
Track removal complete to Oneida.
September 2003:
Track removal in Seymour; trail in Black Creek?
June 2003:
Seymour - Black Creek removal; changes in New London.
March 2003:
Seymour - Black Creek removal continues.
January 2003:
Seymour - Black Creek removal; Manawa going strong
November 2002:
WC spur to Wolf River Lumber; Sturm in Manawa
August 2002:
MILW removals; Shiocton news; abandonment speculation
August 2002:
GBW remnants; WC trains, Green Bay yards

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