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Ladysmith Area Railroad Displays

History is alive in this land of rivers, and train lovers will find a lot to discover here. During the logging era, railroads were a very important part of life in Rusk County and continued to grow after logging, maintaining a presence to this day. Over the decades, railroads evolved with advances in technology---from steam to diesel, from passenger service to only freight. You'll find the legacy of these trains in the rail corridors that cross Rusk County's communities. Travel around Ladysmith and you can see a number of railroad displays that illustrate major changes in the railroad industry.

 

Here are displays open for public viewing:

  • "Old Smoky" steam engine: Westgate Plaza, Lake Avenue/U.S. Highway 8
  • Soo Line Diesel 550R Engine, Post Office Express Car 552, Passenger Baggage Car 358, First Class Coach 998, Soo Line Caboose: refurbished inside and out, located at the Rusk County Visitor Center
  • Box car and caboose: A carefully remodeled boxcar and caboose are open to the public during the summer season or by request at the Rusk County Visitor Center on State Highway 27, 2 blocks south of U.S. Highway 8.
  • In 2017, a hand car and baggage wagon are being added and will be located by the Flambeau River near the bridge on U.S. Highway 8 in Ladysmith

Attraction type: Museums