Wisconsin/Railway Relations

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Mainline State Train.svg

Freight and physical railway routes

Canadian National Railway (CN)

Route Relation Status
Neenah Subdivision relation 4871392 Complete.
Superior Subdivision relation 5810579 Complete.

Useful document for freight mainlines and ownership thereof (current to 2017): [1] Subdivision lists and specifications: [2]

Passenger train routes


Route name Trains (ref=*) Passenger Service type=route_master type=route Status and Notes
Empire Builder® 7, 8, 27, 28 national v2 Relation not yet defined v1 relation 1809794 Routing (2/4)Stops (2/4) Somewhat complete; rough public_transport v1. 2206 miles (3550 km) (Chicago - Seattle). Multiple western segments as "sub-routes" will need to be broken out and collected as v2 route_master members.
Hiawatha Service® 329-343 regional relation 9161615 SB relation 9161614
NB relation 1638760
SB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4)
NB Routing (3/4)Stops (3/4) Complete; public_transport v2. 86 miles (138 km).


Route Relation Status
Union Pacific/North Line relation 932962 Complete.

Trams State Tram.svg

System Relation Status Notes
Kenosha Streetcar relation 1647145 Complete.
Milwaukee Streetcar M-Line relation 8400990 Complete; v1. Officially, the M-Line has a blue color.
Milwaukee Streetcar L-Line relation 8400989 Under construction in the real world. Exact stop locations are not yet known. The relation contains a mix of existing (already constructed) track and new track elements tagged railway=construction + construction=tram tags. Expected to open in 2020.

Abandoned routes and right-of-ways

There are numerous mapped abandoned lines, some of which overlap modern day rails-to-trails recreational trails, which nevertheless can be valuable for landmark or historical purposes. They are also useful to identify paths of trails and paths that exist but at a glance can be obscured by forest or other features.

Of particular use to map these is the USGS topographic maps annotated by James P. Kaysen. Many areas in Wisconsin, but particularly northern areas, has such a map, and they are available for inspection at the Wisconsin Historical Society website. This link takes you to 'Maps and Atlases in our Collection', with the search term 'Kaysen'. From that point, you can specify a certain USGS 1:24000 topo area you're interested in by name.

Route Relation Status
Fond du Lac - Marshfield relation 5654293 Complete where right-of-ways still exist.
Fond du Lac to Plymouth relation 5810505 Complete where right-of-ways still exist.
New London to Wittenberg relation 5654293 Complete from New London to Marion.
Portage Line relation 5793358 Partial.
Greenwood Line relation 5794063 Complete.