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It looks like at least the portion of this line from McCoy Road to Braun Road in Oregon may be returned to service next year!
Some folks in Fitchburg think that this line can be turned into a commuter line to Madison. As much as I'd like to see that I don't believe it will be possible. I think it would be nice to place a rail-trail from Madison, or Oregon if supplying the new concrete plant in Oregon works out, to Evansville along this line. As there is already a Wisconsin Southern Line from Madison South it doesn't make much sense for a second one.
I have seen some early stages of track rehabilitation, such as removing the lumber cars that were stored there, cutting brush that was previously allowed to grow freely, and the presence of a tie replacement machine. It will be long process. Several intersections with roads have been paved over and will need to be rebuilt.
They have built a whole new double siding in Oregon at the new Concrete Plant. The road crossing has also been made and repaved. All of this looks very nice. They actually cleared the trees and brush all the way South to South Perry Parkway. Lots of large stacks of brush along the ROW that they must be either going to shred or pickup.
I have driven over several intersections with roads that have been rebuilt. At what point is this section no longer considered abandoned?
This line has been reopened: http://host.madison.com/news/local/focus-on-dane-county-in-rarity-freight-rail-service-returns/article_5f755286-fbb4-5a4e-bde9-754d6fed5d29.html
The part of the line from Madison to Oregon is open to serve a Lycon mixing plant. However, trackage is still very much abandoned from Oregon to Evansville. I did notice that they cleared the tracks to Brooklyn, does anyone have any information on that. It also may be possible that Wisconsin and Southern and Union Pacific will work out an agreement to run all the way to Janesville. I don't have any info on that.
Cross Plains, WI
If they think this will be a profitable commuter line they need to think again, as Madison jobs are centered in a specific area. The taxpayer should not need to subsidize something like this. It should be made into a rail trail system for the communities to enjoy.
This line is now operating from Madison to the the town hall in Oregon.I've seen several trains on it (going to the concrete factory). There were some bulk cars stored on the line out in the bushes south of the town hall to Brooklyn (up to just before the track becomes discontinuous at Rt 104). However, as of a few weeks ago, those cars were gone, and there is a post in the tracks right behind the town hall. I heard rumors that the line was going to be restored to Chicago, but who knows.
I'd hate to see this turned into a trail. There are already plenty of trails in the area. You can walk along the tracks as they are. Why tax & spend any more?
Do you have any pictures or information about The Oregon Subdivision? Please