The Gregarious Railfan
Wisconsin & Southern RR
Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (reporting mark, WSOR):  Affectionately or maybe derisively known as the 'Wizzor' to
railfans, this large, profitable Class II regional has been successful in resuscitating many secondary, left-for-dead branch
lines in the state of Wisconsin and northern Illinois that once belonged to the Milwaukee Road and Chicago & North
Western. It operates to Fox Lake, IL and has trackage rights into Chicago to Clearing Yard. It interchanges with all the
Class I railroads that have access to Chicago. WSOR operates over 700 miles of branch and mainline track traversing a
total of 21 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois, making it Wisconsin’s second largest railroad.
It is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with access to Chicago via the Belt Railway of Chicago and harbor facilities on
the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien. WSOR has branch offices in Janesville and Horicon. WSOR operates on mostly
former Milwaukee Road tracks that were earmarked for abandonment in the late ’70s and early ’80s. These tracks are
now owned and managed cooperatively by the State of Wisconsin and 18 counties with which WSOR has a 50-year
operating agreement.
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