Chippewa Valley Railroad

811 Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, WI

1/2 mile loop of track supporting a 1/4 scale recreational railroad

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What kid doesn't love a train?

The diesel is a 1/4 scale replica of the EMD F-1 pulling open air cars, all built by the Miniature Train Company.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning August 2018

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The Chippewa Valley Railroad is a miniature recreational train line in Eau Claire's Carson Park. The depot is located across the street from Carson Park's landmark baseball stadium. The railroad has two trains, running in opposite directions, so patrons never have to wait long for their ride to start.

One train is pulled by a live steam locomotive. The other train is a model of General Motor's famous f series locomotive, powered by a Wisconsin internal combustion engine. The diesel locomotive was built by Miniature Train Company in Rensselaer, Indiana. It is one of at least five such MTC train sets operating in Wisconsin. (Follow the Miniature Train Company tag below for more information about the history of the Miniature Train Company and their products.)

The CVRR is a 1/2 loop of track that runs along the Chippewa River and curves back, through the canopy of trees through a cut made following a storm in 1984. You can ride on the diesel MTC train, or opt for a live steam locomotive pulling 1880 style passenger cars and an open-air gondola.

The railroad is operated by volunteers and is open only on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor day. It also operates on July 4.

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2018: Added by J.R. Manning

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