The Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Railroad
Awwww no pics, looks like I may have a project soon
The tracks still remain in Sheboygan Falls and Kohler, however they are heavily abandoned. Wisconsin and Southern owns the abandoned tracks, while Union Pacific owns the small stubline to Kohler. It would be nice if they could reactivate the line in Kohler, because there are a set of Wigwags in Kohler that I would love to see active.
Also, the tracks through Plymouth are used by Wisconsin and Southern twice a week. On Google maps, you can see the siding where the original line was. The line is easily traceable from Plymouth to Kohler, but less from Plymouth to Fond du Lac.
The right of way is owned by the State of Wisconsin, with operating rights granted to WSOR. The line from Plymouth to Kohler is currently being completely rebuilt, expected to be finished this fall. It was never abandoned. Just out of service.
As of 2015, WSOR took full responsibility for the old Milwaukee Road line in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Union Pacific still had the R.O.W. into Kohler & Sheboygan Falls. WSOR's Headquarters is in Madison. The whole line between Kohler and Plymouth had to be reestablished by W.D.O.T. standards to sustain proper speed and weight capabilities. Plymouth was in shambles to begin with. It was last used by CNW. WSOR is owned by WATCO out of Kansas. It operates Wisconsin's old Chicago,Milwaukee,St.Paul & Pacific railroad trackage. For more information on this (Wikipedia.org ) WSOR. Look on YouTube for the ground breaking and some other footage.
Government money has been spent to re-track the line between Plymouth and Kohler, but for some reason it is not complete across the road in Kohler to connect it to the UP line that services Kohler Corporation from Sheboygan (this line was once connected). There is traffic on the new line to several locations just west of Sheboygan Falls. Tracks end on both sides of the main street in Kohler. The UP line is active to the Kohler plant and car storage goes almost up to the end of the line. Kohler has some rather expensive homes right next to the tracks that have been renewed and I suspect there is resistance (Kohler is a fancy mill town complete with company housing and an ancient factory still operating) to having a connection between Wisconsin Southern and the UP railroads resulting in rail traffic on this branch which goes right through downtown Sheboygan Falls next to roads and buildings. Kohler likes golf courses and fancy resorts, it does not like the railroad.
Those wig wags still work I think and are in Plymouth, not Kohler. The trains run so infrequently that I have never had a chance to see them operate, but they seem to be completely intact.
The Sheboygan & Fond Du Lac railroad also ran all the way to Princeton. A map I found on CNWHS or another search engine shows that it went that far starting around the 1900's. I would have never guessed that the CNW had a line that far, but there was at one time a line going to the Mississippi River too.
The wig wags in Plymouth are now gone. I spoke with a railroad employee about this and they were spoken for a long time ago and removed recently. Kohler connection to WSOR and UP still not any work being done.