Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company WSOR #879

Nature of Firm

WSOR operates freight service in the southern half of Wisconsin and northeast Illinois over more than 600 miles of branch and mainline track. The Northern Division consists of five lines radiating from Horicon to Cambira, Markesan, Oshkosh, Mayville and Milwaukee (North Glendale Yard). The Southern Division consists of a line from Fox Lake, IL to Prairie Du Chien, WI, with branches terminating at Prairie Du Sac, Monroe, Waukesha, Elkhorn and track rights to Chicago, IL. The leased lines from UP consist of Madison to Reedsburg, Madison to Cottage Grove and Madison to Central Soya. WSOR has trackage rights to connect the northern and southern divisions between Waukesha and Slinger. WSOR owns the Waterloo Spur, a line between Madison and Watertown. Traffic includes food products, grain, fertilizer, limestone, lumber, steel, plastic, aggregates, salt, pulpboard, paper and chemicals.


WSOR operates over former Milwaukee Road, Illinois Central Gulf, Chicago & Northwestern, and Wisconsin & Calumet tracks that were earmarked for abandonment in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These tracks are owned and managed cooperatively by the State of Wisconsin and 14 counties. WSOR has a long-term operating agreement to provide freight service over these publicly owned tracks. On October 20, 1996, WSOR leased the Madison, WI lines from UP. In 2000, WSOR purchase the Waterloo Spur from the Canadian Pacific, a line the WSOR had leased since 1998.

Company Information



Company AffiliationWATCO
Interchange PointsChicago, IL; Janesville, WI; Granville, WI
Agreement TypeInterline Carrier
Information Exchange MethodRMI