Wisconsin Central Railway (1897–1954)

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Wisconsin Central Railway
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LocaleWisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois
Dates of operation1897–1961
PredecessorWisconsin Central Railroad (1871–99)
SuccessorSoo Line Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The US Wisconsin Central Railway Company was created in 1897 when the Wisconsin Central Railroad (1871–99) was reorganized from bankruptcy. In 1954, the name went back to Wisconsin Central Railroad Company. The railroad was merged into the Soo Line Railroad in 1961.


Sheep are unloaded from the upper level of a Wisconsin Central stock car in Chicago, Illinois, in 1904.

After a proposed merger with the Northern Pacific fell through in 1908, the Wisconsin Central was leased by the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway, commonly known as the Soo Line, in 1908. Controlling interest in the Soo Line (along with the Wisconsin Central) was held by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The Wisconsin Central entered receivership in 1932, declared bankruptcy in 1944, and finally re-emerged from administration in 1954 as the Wisconsin Central Railroad. The Wisconsin Central was entirely merged into the new Soo Line Railroad in 1961.

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  • Gjevre, John A. (1990) [1973]. Saga of the Soo, West from Shoreham. Moorhead, Minnesota: Gjevre Books. LCCN 90-090283.

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