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The former Milwaukee Road passenger depot in Green Bay, now home of the city's Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Beaver.

This former Milwaukee Road line from Milwaukee to Green Bay served the Milwaukee Road until 1985 when its assests where purchased by Soo Line. In 1980, Milwaukee Road sold the tracks west of their Green Bay yard (which ran to Ontanoga, MI) to Escanaba Lake Superior Railroad. Soo Line purchased the tracks from Milwaukee to Green Bay in 1985. Wisconsin Central took over the tracks in 1987 and ran locals from Hilbert to Greenleaf until 2001. It is believed that the tracks from Greenleaf to Green Bay were removed in 1999 or 2000 and the tracks from Hilbert to Greenleaf were removed in 2001 when Canadian National merged Wisconsin Central into their system. This portion of track is now the Fox River state train.

The former Milwaukee Road yard in Green Bay is still used by Canadian National. The line west of the abandoned portion is still used by some Green Bay industries and connects with Escanaba Lake Superior line to Ontanogan, MI.

Thanks to Beaver for contributing information about this route.

I used to live in the area out by Hilbert, but you forgot about the Brillion and Forest Junction Railroad.

john schlorf
hilbert, WI
2/6/2009

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I believe this is the remnants of what was the Ex-Milwaukee Road Plymouth line. I remember seeing a few trains on here when I was a kid, very long ones too. The track is still in south of Hilbert I believe. It is now operated by CN out of Milwaukee and is called the Saukville Sub now. I know a steel plant in Saukville is seviced by this line but i don't know if trains run any further than that anymore.

Steven C Jensen
West Allis, WI
8/8/2009

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Wisconsin Southern runs the former Milwaukee-Green Bay line from Milwaukee to Kiel.CN runs from Hilbert to Kiel.

There is mention of the Brillion Forest Jct railroad if you would look at the Kaukauna to Manitowoc

Beaver
DePere, WI
6/28/2010

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I went to marquette University in Milwaukee from 1954 to 1957. I often took the Milwaukee road train home to Green Bay. One time the locomotive derailed just south of Plymouth. Another student and I walked about a mile to the next road crossing where we met a rail fan who wondered what the problem was. He gave us a ride into Plymouth where we hitched a ride to Green Bay.

Jim Bertrand
Green Bay, WI
8/24/2011

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The former Milwaukee road yard in Green Bay has all the tracks removed as well all the buildings are also gone in the last few years. Escanaba and Lake Superior uses the CN (former CNW yard) to exchange cars and make trains to run northward.

beaver
DePere, WI
3/8/2015

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is that the yard that Ashland goes over just south of Mason street? I used to work in Green Bay. I worked there in 2007 and not again until the 2014. The tracks in this yard had been removed when I went back in 2014. Sad, but I think CN moved all their switching to the big yard north of town...sound about right?

patrick dempsey
chaska, MN
6/8/2016

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Correct Patrick, all of the rails have been removed from the yard. The majority of train movements are on the west side of town on the former C&NW but the CN does still use the old Green Bay and Western yard for storage and I come across short trains using the GB&W rails once in a while. The real treat is when you're able to catch a train crossing the C&NW's bridge across the Fox!

The Milw swing bridge was also removed late in 2014 and all that remains is the approach on the east side of the river which is an observation/fishing pier.

The west side trail has also been extended to cover most of the Milwaukee's former right of way within the city. It runs from the intersection of Oneida St and Western Ave northwest and was recently extended past Military Ave to Bond St.

Matt
Green Bay, WI
8/12/2016

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