Wisconsin Chapter meetings are held on the first Friday of every month (except May, July & August), at 7:30 p.m., at the North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard in Fox Point, Wisconsin. Click here for a Bing map and directions.
February 1, 2019 - Dave Nelson will show a two-part program of his 35mm slides taken between 1980 and 2008, focusing on the Wisconsin Central and the Wisconsin & Southern. The Wisconsin Central (WC) operated on the tracks of the former Soo Line once the Soo acquired the Milwaukee Road. From 1987 to its 2001 acquisition by the Canadian National, the maroon and cream paint scheme of the WC was a familiar sight through much of eastern and northern Wisconsin -- including some surprising locations. The Wisconsin & Southern (WSOR) began operations in 1980 when the State of Wisconsin acquired some Milwaukee Road trackage and the WSOR was formed to lease and operate the track. After three decades of growth, the WSOR was acquired by WATCO in 2012.
March 1, 2019 - "Railroads at the Bottom of the Lake—Fond du Lac, from the 1970s to today." Fond du Lac, at the bottom of Lake Winnebago, was once served by three railroads, one interurban, and had nine connections to the rest of the state. This program, presented by Brian Siegl, will focus on the C&NW, SOO and MILW lines which wove through the city, the transition to FRVR, WC and CN, as well as a peek at the streetcars which made North Fond du Lac possible. Also included will be the Milwaukee's line from Iron Ridge, and the line north to Winneconne.
April 5, 2019 - Railroad photography of Wallace W. Abbey, as presented by author Kevin P. Keefe. More info to come.