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Vintage Rail Photo - Milwaukee Rd Yard, Madison, WI

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Vintage Rail Photo's

By Craig H. Bluschke

 

Milwaukee Road Yard Area, Madison, WI

The following is a series of pictures showing the Milwaukee Road yard area in Madison pretty much as it originally looked when in use by the railroad. These were taken after the railroad had pulled out of the area and salvage work was just beginning which explains why everything looks really decrepit and seedy. But it was also a rare opportunity to document some of the buildings and track layouts with the yard completely devoid of equipment which most of the time made the more panoramic views impossible.

Included are a couple of pictures showing the Milwaukee Road - Illinois Central crossing at the west end of the yard in it's original two-diamond configuration along with views of the roundhouse, freight house, and the passenger station with the former commissary building that sat just west of the depot. With the exception of the passenger station itself everything shown here has been redeveloped - an office building occupies the former roundhouse site and the Kohl Center sports complex sits where the freight house was located.

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