Laona and Northern Railway

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Laona and Northern Railway
Laona and Northern RY logo.png
Laona and Northern No. 4, 1960s era
Reporting mark LNO
Locale Northern Wisconsin
Dates of operation 1902 to present–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

8 mi (1902-1983)

1.2 mi (1983-)
Headquarters Laona, Wisconsin
Lumberjack Steam Train on the railway circa 1937

The Laona and Northern Railway (reporting marks LNO)[1] is a heritage railroad in Laona, Wisconsin. A former freight railroad, it was incorporated in 1902 for the R. Connor Company of Marshfield, Wisconsin to haul lumber to its mill in Laona and then transport it to the Soo Line interchange 8 miles north in Laona Junction. When the railway converted to diesel in the mid-1950s, the company held on to only one steam locomotive, No. 4 or 4 Spot, for reserve power and burning weeds from the rail line. By 1965 the Connor Company used the locomotive for mixed trains[clarification needed] to Laona Junction, taking passengers on a 2 1/2 hour ride. In 1983 the Connor Company gave the Laona and Northern No. 4 to the Camp 5 historical society and it now pulls the Lumberjack Steam Train to Camp 5.[where?]


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External links[edit]

Lumberjack Steam Train - official website