& Southern Railroad
On January 1, 2012, Watco was proud to have the Wisconsin &
Southern Railroad (WSOR) join the Watco family of short line
railroads. The WSOR is a Class II regional railroad
company operating in the southern half of the State of Wisconsin
and a small portion of northeastern
Illinois. WSOR operates over 700 miles of branch and mainline
track traversing a total of 21 counties in Wisconsin and
Illinois. WSOR is Wisconsinís second largest railroad.
Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, WSOR directly connects
within the state with the western Class I railroads BNSF,
Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and Union Pacific. With
access to Chicago via the Belt Railway of Chicago, WSOR connects
with the eastern Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern.
WSOR also has access to harbor facilities on the Mississippi
River at Prairie du Chien and maintains several transloading
sites within its system.
WSOR has branch offices in Janesville and Horicon,
Wisconsin. WSOR operates on mostly former Milwaukee Road tracks
that were earmarked for abandonment in the late 1970s and early
1980s. These tracks are now owned and managed cooperatively by
the State of Wisconsin and 18 counties with which WSOR has a
50-year operating agreement. WSOR also leases and operates 66
miles of tracks owned by the Union Pacific.
WSOR transports a variety of commodities for its customer base
including lumber, coal, liquid and dry fertilizers, corn, beans,
plastic, aggregates, ethanol, and liquid petroleum. Since its
inception in 1980, WSOR has quadrupled the freight business of
the previous carriers, handling more than 50,000 carloads
Access to barge facilities for bulk commodities on the
Mississippi River is available at Prairie Du Chien.
has rail-to-truck transloading facilities at Milwaukee, Oshkosh,
Plymouth, Ripon, Horicon, Janesville, and Madison.