SHORT LINE RAILROADS - WISCONSIN

Smaller companies operating former main line trackage, no longer wanted by the large railroads. In 1976, the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other northeast railroads led to the formation of Conrail, which was free to abandon routes with limited traffic potential. Thus began a new trend of forming short line railroads, which could operate certain routes more successfully than the large railroads.

WISCONSIN & SOUTHERN

Former Milwaukee Road and Chicago & North Western lines in southern Wisconsin.

ESCANABA & LAKE SUPERIOR

Former Milwaukee Road lines north of Green Bay.

WISCONSIN NORTHERN RAILROAD

Former Chicago & North Western line.

WISCONSIN GREAT NORTHERN RAILROAD

Former Chicago & North Western line.