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Marinette Tomahawk & Western

Tomahawk RR

When I first started getting into the railroad hobby, I found a list of railroads, including those in Wisconsin. I noticed the MT&W and got out my map. I could not find a rail line between Marinette and Tomahawk, and there were tracks at Tomahawk, but no indication of whose they were. Later I found out that this was another railroad with a lot more name than railroad.

The 1932 Moody's Manual of Steam Railroads shows that the control was in the hands of the Bradley Co. (whomever they were.). Track mileage was 13.48 from Tomahawk to Harrison, 5.31 from Tomahawk to Bradley, and 4.84 from Jersey City (not in NJ) to Wisconsin Dam. The total was 24.53 miles with rails weighing 45, 56, and 60 pounds on the main line. They had 2 locomotives and 29 employes in 1931. They made a profit.

Here are my collection of photos of this shortline which today is known as the Tomahawk Ry. and has somewhat less mileage than in 1932.

209 was built by Rogers in 1899 for the New York Central. It later became Wisconsin & Northern 7 and then Minneapolis St Paul & Sault Ste Marie 209, Class D-4. It was sold to the MT&W and retained the same number.

Here is the only 8 drivewheel locomotive that I have seen on the MT&W. 12 came from the Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh. All the other steam power came from closer in roads.

Here is another 2-6-0. 250 was built as Green Bay & Western 50, Class J, by Alco-Schenectady in February, 1913, #52823. In April, 1935, it was rebuilt with universal valves, Walschart valve gear, and superheater. In June, 1937, it was renumbered 250, Class B-27. MT&W bought it for $3000 on May 15, 1939. It was scrapped in May, 1953. The tender shown is not the original.

19 was built by Baldwin in March 1924, #57667, as Charcoal Iron Co of America 19.  It was sold to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive and sold as Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co 19.  It was sold to MT&W as 19 and later donated to City of Tomahawk.

The steam era was extended a little when the MT&W bought 5 Milwaukee Road G-6ms ten-wheelers. Here they are.

1161 was built by Baldwin in October 1897, #15539 as CM&StP 848, Class B-2. It was renumbered 217 in April 1899 and 855 in December 1905 and 4102 in September 1912. It was rebuilt in September 1924 as 2372, Class G-6ms. It became 1161 in June 1938. It came to the MT&W October 3, 1951, and kept the same number.

1163 was built by Baldwin in November 1897, #15548, as CM&StP 854, Class B-2. It was renumbered 223 in April 1899 and 861 in January 1906 and 4108 in September 1912. It was rebuilt in February 1921 as 2374, Class G-6ms. It became 1163 in September 1938 and was sold on April 2, 1953 to the MT&W.

1167 was built by Baldwin in August 1898, #16159, as CM&StP 863, Class B-2. It was renumbered 232 in September 1898 and 870 in December 1905 and 4117 in September 1912. It was rebuilt in February 1921 as 2378, Class G-6ms. It became 1167 in September 1938 and was sold on April 2, 1953 to the MT&W.

1171 was built by Baldwin in September 1898, #16190, as CM&StP 870, Class B-2. It was renumbered 239 in April 1899 and 877 in December 1905 and 4124 in September 1912. It was rebuilt in October 1925 as 2382, Class G-6ms. It became 1171 in July 1938 and was sold on October 7, 1954, to the MT&W.

1172 was built by Baldwin in November 1899, #17216, as CM&StP 240, Class B-2. It was renumbered 878 in December 1905 and 4125 in September 1912. It was rebuilt in October 1925 as 2383, Class G-6ms. It became 1172 in July 1938 and was sold on October 7, 1954, to the MT&W.

408, NC, was built by Electro-Motive in May 1937, #651, FN E166-2, as Youngstown & Northern 202.  It was transferred as Elgin Joliet & Eastern 408 in 1946 and sold as MT&W 408 on August 27, 1955.  It was sold as Sabine River & Northern 408 and donated to National Museum of Transport.

90, NW1, was built by Electro-Motive on June 14, 1938, #788, FN E203-1, as Minneapolis & St Louis D-538.  It was renumbered 90 in March 1956 and sold as MT&W 90 in 1957. It was retired in December 1973 and donated to National RR Museum.  It was restored as M&StL D-538.

62, NW2, was built by Electro-Motive on September 16, 1948, #5761, FN E946-5, as Detroit Toledo & Ironton 914.  It was sold as Mississippi Export RR as 62 in September 1961 and sold to George R Silcott in March 1966.  It was sold as MT&W 62 and resold as Nicolet Badger Northern 62.

23, NW2, was built by Electro-Motive in February, 1948, #5266, FN E890-4, as Lake Terminal RR 1012. In 1962 it became Birmingham Southern 23, Class 20. They sold it to Birmingham Rail & Locomotive in December, 1967, who resold it to the MT&W as 62 in January 1968. MT&W sold this locomotive to Republic Steel Corp. in April 1981, as 162. As you can see, MT&W changed their paint scheme,

Instead of keeping the same number as they had done on all previous locomotives, they chose to number it for the year acquired.

81, NW2, was built by Electro-Motive in June, 1947, #4721, FN E820-25, as Union Pacific 1075. It was retired in February 1975 and sold it to Peaker Services on December 4, 1979. They rebuilt it in 1981 as their 1, and sold it as MT&W 81 in April, 1981.  It was sold as Nekoosa Paper Products Co 26 and became Georgia-Pacific Corp 26 in 1996.  It became Domtar Corp 26 in 2001.

87, SW1500,  was built by Electro-motive in July 1967, #33180, FN 4515-1, as Minnesota Transfer Ry 300.  It was sold as Chicago & North Western 1301 on January 11, 1973 and retired on July 3, 1985.  It was sold to National Railway Equipment Co in December 1985 and sold as MT&W 87 in February 1987.  It became Tomahawk RR 87 in 1992.

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4105 was built by Farmers Machinery Co in May 1976.

 

 

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