A dangerous curve on the Chicago & North Western

Posted by Rene Schweitzer
on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Four years ago, I shared some photos of an abandoned coupler I found on the former CNW line (now a pedestrian trail called The Glacial Drumlin Trail). See that post here for background information.

I bike regularly on this trail, and about six miles from our house there used to be a small "wayside" with picnic tables.

Last year, the picnic tables disappeared and the spot stayed vacant until just a few weeks ago. Then I noticed a new sign with some debris next to it. It was railroad related!

Sign about this dangerous curve.

I tried to learn more, but searching for train wrecks via Google is a crazy endeavor because there were so many back in the day. Can anyone ID the items in photo? Obviously there is rail and maybe part of a coupler (I think).

Debris photo 1

Debris photo 2.

Debris photo 3

While I'm biking, it doesn't seem like much of a curve, but Google maps came to my rescue. I took a screenshot of this section of the trail and marked it with orange arrows. That indeed is a troublesome curve, especially in glacier country!

Google map of this curve.

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