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WISN Menomonee Valley Webcam:
Did you know there is a railroad webcam in Milwaukee? Well, sort of. It's a Channel 12 weather camera located at Miller Park and usually faces east down "the Valley". From the daytime shots you can see the Canadian Pacific main (on the lower left) from Cut Off, the ramp to the old Milwaukee Road shops, the 35th St. viaduct, and the electric towers from the TM days. It is either motion activated or just updates every 9 minutes. Some days it is pointed more easterly down the valley which won't show the mainline but does tell you if the smokes stacks from the old shops are still standing. Not recommended for night viewing unless ALL you want to see are the lights of Milwaukee's skyline. NOTE: During bad weather it becomes a "traffic cam" for Miller Parkway.

Local Railroad Artists:

We are fortunate to have some very talented railroad artists residing in and around the Milwaukee area. If you are interested in some railroad art featuring the fallen flags which once served Milwaukee, be sure to visit their sites.


Local Railfan Guides:

The links below highlight some of the railfanning options in the Milwaukee area.

Museums, Historical Groups and other sites in Southeastern Wisconsin:

The Milwaukee area is fortunate to have a variety of groups interested in preserving our rich railroad history. Below are the links to some of the groups.

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Kenosha Streetcars
The city of Kenosha has five ex-Tronoto PCC streetcars that run a two-mile route through the city from the Joseph McCarthy Transit Center at 714 54th St. The streetcars are in daily service (Sundays only in the summer) and the fare is 25. For information call (262)653-4287, email transit@kenosha.org, or visit the City of Kenosha's website. There is also a Yahoo discussion group.
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East Troy Electric Railroad Museum
Operates the last segment of the TMER&L from East Troy to Mukwonago, Wis. built in 1906-07. Much of the original 80-pound rail is still on the mainline, which was laid in 80-foot lengths with parallel joints. Regular weekend service begins Memorial Day weekend and continues every weekend and holiday until October.
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National Railway Historical Society - Wisconsin Chapter
Local chapter of the NRHS whose purpose is to gather, preserve and disseminate information, both historic and current, pertaining to railroading in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.
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The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society
The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society, Inc. (TMER&THS) is a non-profit, State chartered, educational organization founded in 1983. Their goal is to preserve the memories and artifacts of electric railway history in Milwaukee and around the world.
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Wisconsin Bike Trails
Wisconsin pioneered the rails-to-trails concept with the Elroy-Sparta Trail. Today there are more than 1,000 miles of these family-friendly and scenic trails throughout Wisconsin, including a number in southeastern Wisconsin. So grab your bicycle and get some exercise while doing some ghost railfanning on former right-of-ways. For information and maps of the trails, visit the state's Touring Trails site.

Historical web sites about railroading in Southeastern Wisconsin:

The links below highlight some of the railroad history in the Milwaukee area.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Electric Transportation
A great photo reference of electric railways in the Milwaukee metro area.
The Transport Company Web Station
A modest web site dedicated to transit history in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
TM Passes from 1938
Greendaleoriginals.com has six well-preserved weekly passes for the TM from 1938 posted on their website.
Charles Damaske's Along the right-of-way to Burlington
A great book, complete with maps and photos, available online through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections which documents the TMER&L line to Burlington, Wis.
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Remembering the Speedrail wreck of 1950
September 2 marks the 61st anniversary of the wreck during the NMRA convention in Milwaukee in 1950. See the article by Joe Russ, since updated from when it appeared in the September 2000 WISE Division Owl Car.

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North Shore Line
The route of the Electroliners has a home on the Internet. This site features the history of the North Shore and includes a photo library, rolling stock roster, freight operations, message board and much more. Note: This site's owner displays at Trainfest and won First Place - Display at the 2003 show.
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CNWHS Photo Gallery of Milwaukee photos
Features some excellent photos of the C&NW operations in Milwaukee through the years.
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Veterans' Association of the Chicago & North Western Railway
A site for railroad veterans of the C&NW Railway - a group which was organized December 9, 1924 and still exists today. Some very good reading.
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Chicago & North Western Depots and Towers in Wisconsin
This section of Don Ross' site covers railroad depots and towers, past and present, from the C&NW throughout Wisconsin.
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Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.
A site which very thoroughly documents the history of the preserved (and relocated) C&NW depot in Sussex. Interesting reading for anybody familiar with the area.
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The Milwaukee Road's Former Southwestern Line
Covers the line from Sturtevant to Beloit, town-by-town, both with current operations and looking at what's left from another era.
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Milwaukee Road "Skytops"
A site with history of these observation cars designed by Brook Stevens and built in the Milwaukee shops. The demise of MILW 189, "Priest Rapids", is very interesting.
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Milwaukee Public Library Milwaukee Road Archives
In 1981 the Milwaukee Public Library was designated as the official archives of the Milwaukee Road collection, when it began receiving historical materials from the railroad. More materials were transferred to the library when the Soo Line purchased the Milwaukee Road. The collection is very large, with valuable materials for the historian as well as the railroad hobbyist.
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SD45.com Milwaukee Road Photo Collection
Contains a collection of 200 photos, mainly roster shots, of the Milwaukee Road - from Illinois to the Valley to the electrified west. The site also features collections of other railroads.
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The Milwaukee Road Trail
A site that is the start of dream to bring together the efforts of many groups and individuals to create a continuous recreational trail between Chicago, Ill. and Tacoma, Wash. using much of the former Milwaukee Road corridor. One day you could hike or bike the full route of the Hiawatha.
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History of the Milwaukee Road's Richland Center Branch
The story about the Richland Center branch (not in SE Wisconsin, but of interest to the webmaster since he has ancestors from there). Did you know it was once a narrow-guage line?
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Unofficial Soo Line Diesel Roster
A locomotive resource for railfans and modelers of the Soo Line.
Golden Arrow Excursion Train in Madison, Wis.
Excellent photos by Craig Bluschke of the July 22, 1984 excursion by Golden Arrow.
Employees of Waukesha, Wis. Railroads, 1890-92
An interesting page by James Sponholz listing the employees who worked for the various railroads in Waukesha between 1890-92. Gives their address, railroad, and position.
Finding Railroad Employment Records
Looking for a long-lost relative who used to work for one of the railroads which served the Milwaukee area, or beyond? This site by James Sponholz is a good place to start, or at least get you going in the right direction.
Wisconsin Short Lines and Industrial Railroads
A section of Don Ross' site which covers past and present short lines and industrial railroads in the state. It has some interesting pictures of "critters" that you might not have known of.
The Railroads of Wisconsin, 1827-1937
Online book from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
A guide to the origins and evolution of Wisconsin's railroads. Between 1827 and 1915, an extensive rail system was conceived and built in the United States. Wisconsin's first railroad was chartered in 1847 and the state's rail lines had grown to nearly 7,000 total miles by the 1930s. James Kaysen, a civil engineer, compiled these chronological records of the construction, mileage, and ownership of the rail lines in Wisconsin over a 100 year period.
The Car Ferries of the Great Lakes
Covers the various car ferries of the Great Lakes and their history.
S.S. City of Milwaukee
Web site for the National Landmark Steamship City of Milwaukee which is the last traditional Great Lakes railroad car ferry.
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Erie Railroad Lake Line Division, Port of Milwaukee
Did you know the Erie Railroad had a Division in Milwaukee? It was not a ferry operation, and instead used eight steel steamers to move freight between Buffalo, Milwaukee and Chicago. The link is to an article from the December, 1913 issue of Erie Railroad Magazine. Another excellent page by James Sponholz.

Passenger Groups in Southeastern Wisconsin:

The links below are to rail passenger groups in the Milwaukee area.

Other Groups in Wisconsin:

These links are to other groups of interest in Wisconsin.

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