The Baraboo River flooded Mid-Continent Railroad Museum today. The depot, engine house, machine shop, car shop have water in them. The entire yard is under water. All three of the operating diesel locomotives have water up to the traction motors and the water was still rising at 5 PM.
At 5 this morning, Jeff Bloom, the President, woke up and looked out his caboose to see the river rising. At 5:20 he woke up engineer Ed Doench, who was sleeping his camper. The camper was up to it's axels in water. At 6:30 water reached the engine house and Jeff and Ed moved engine 1256 out. They moved to get the cars nearest the depot. As Jeff walked along dumping the air from the brakes, the water followed behind him up the line. They then got the other coaches off the coach ready track where the water was already reaching.
I arrived at 8:30 and the parking lot north of the depot was flooded with the tracks to the south still dry. That didn't last long. From 8:30 to Noon the water rose 3 feet.
We won't be operating for a while. But now is a good time to join or send us a donation if you were thinking about it. We won't know what the extent of the damage is for a few days.
The WSOR is also not operating due to washouts in both divisions.
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society