Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad

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Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad
Escanaba and Lake Superior F7 -600.jpg
The Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad's F7A seen on 29 April 2009 while stopped in Channing, Michigan.
Locale Michigan, Wisconsin
Length 235 miles
Headquarters Wells, MI

The Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad (reporting mark ELS) is a privately held shortline railroad that operates in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.[1] The ELS has expanded from the original 65 miles that was purchased in 1978[2] to over 235 miles as of 2005.[2]

The ELS' main line stretches from Ontonagon, MI to Green Bay, WI.[1] The railroad also connects to Channing, MI, Republic, MI, and Wells, MI, where the railroad is headquartered. Oconto Falls, WI and Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI are connected through branch lines.[1] The E&LS has trackage rights over the Canadian National Railway from Escanaba, MI to Pembine, WI, connecting with it in 4 locations: Green Bay, Escanaba, Pembine, and Iron Mountain, MI.[1]

It is also known to have the only two surviving Baldwin RF-16 "Shark Noses". However these are kept in storage and away from the public. Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad EMD FP7 #96A was later repainted and renumbered to WSOR #71A and currently operates on the ELS as their #600. Several other ex-WICT F-units are stored on ELS property at Wells, Michigan.


  1. ^ a b c d "ELS Homepage". Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad Company. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b

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