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The Chippewa Valley Railroad

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The Chippewa Valley Railroad is a miniature railway which operates on a half mile of 16 inch track in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The line meanders through picturesque Carson Park, high above Half Moon Lake. The railroad is operated by the all-volunteer Chippewa Valley Railroad Association. Since 1973 the non-profit group has planned, constructed, and operated this “Grand Scale” line.

Motive power is provided by two heritage 4-4-0 steam locomotives and a General Motors inspired diesel unit. A variety of rolling stock includes historic wooden cars built long ago by the Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works in Wisconsin Dells. Trains operate in two directions on busy days thanks to a short section of passing track at the depot.

The group has built an attractive depot and a six-stall roundhouse with a hand-operated turntable. Also on the property is the former Eau Claire interlocking tower, which was donated to the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association by the Chicago North Western Railroad.

Our program was recorded over two sunny days with the helpful cooperation of the volunteers, who graciously provided some variety for this program by running doubleheaded steam and the diesel train one day and two steam trains and the diesel train the next day! A continuous stream of happy passengers kept the trains running one after another.

People from many generations will find much to like at the Chippewa Valley; a bit of history, the sound of steam locomotives, and the enjoyment of a relaxing ride through the park on this remarkable miniature railroad.

Captured with multiple tripod-mounted and train-mounted HD cameras - Running time approximately 61 minutes - Minimal narration

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