Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR)

Madison, WI – Great Lakes Region

On January 1, 2012, Watco was proud to welcome the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. (WSOR) to 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, making it Wisconsin’s second largest railroad.

It is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with access to Chicago via the Belt Railway of Chicago and harbor facilities on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, while maintaining several transloading sites within its system. WSOR has branch offices in Janesville and Horicon. WSOR operates on mostly former Milwaukee Road tracks that were earmarked for abandonment in the late ’70s and early ’80s. 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 forest products, coal, fertilizers, corn, beans, plastics, consumer foods, paper, aggregates, chemicals, frac sand, 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 annually.

Class I Interchanges

  • BNSF
  • CN
  • UP


Railroad Contact Information

Name Address Contact Information
Larry McCloud
General Manager
203 S. Pearl Street
Janesville, WI 53548
P: 269-251-1858
F: 608-575-3237
Ken Lucht
Director of Government Relations
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 608-620-2040

Tim Karp
Director of Business Development
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 414-438-8830

Andy Laurent
Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 414-604-5006

Doug Story
Vice President of Agricultural Marketing
315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
P: 620-235-7355

Katie Sackett
Director of Sales and Marketing
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 608-620-2041

Ken Clemmons
Manager of Sales and Industrial Development
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 608-620-2039

Brad Peot
Marketing Manager
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 608-620-4745

Jean Kincade
Marketing Coordinator
1890 E. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704-4745
P: 608-620-2045

WSOR Customer Service 315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
P: 866-889-2826



Railroad Maps

System Map
Interchange Map


Railroad Forms

Car Order Form

Safety Handbook

Credit Application/Policy

Email completed credit application to CREDIT@watcocompanies.com
Or send to Watco Credit & Collections Dept:
315 W. 3rd Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Fax: 620-230-0280



WSOR # Authority Description Effective Date
WSOR 7001-A Demurrage, Storage, and Accessorial Tariff July 1, 2014
WTS 9500-A Freight Tariff – Fuel Surcharge November 1, 2009
WTS 9011-L Watco Transportation Rules July 26, 2014
WSOR 6000 Removal of Dunnage September 6, 2012
WSOR 3002-B Fertilizers, Dry and In Bulk November 1, 2013
WSOR 4000 Local Rates on Corn, Soybeans and Wheat April 1, 2013
WSOR Exempt Circular 4006-I Lumber and related commodities

Expired Tariffs

WSOR # Authority Description Effective Date
WSOR 7001 Demurrage, Storage and Accessorial Tariff April 1, 2013
WSOR 3002-B – Fertilizers November 1, 2013
WSOR Exempt Circular 4006-H Lumber and related commodities
WSOR Tariff 6000 Removal of Dunnage April 1, 2012


For efficiency and ease in disputing any and all Customer invoicing, please send documentation to WSOR Disputes.

To report or release a bad order railcar please email WSOR Bad Orders.

To request railcar repair/inspections please email corporate railcar management or call 620-231-2230 ext 431.

Grain Storage

On-Line Grain Storage Facilities

Doug Story, VP of Agricultural Marketing – 620-235-7355


Location Company Contact Bushel Car Spot Origin Weights
Avalon Gavilon
2939 Old Hwy 140
Avalon, WI 53505
Derek Reed
1,900,000 25 Yes
Boscobel ADM
6250 Borden Rd
Boscobel, WI 53805
Sheri Wirkler
1,500,000 50 Yes
Brandon Waupun Feed & Seed
242 E. Main St
Brandon, WI 53919
Milan Vande Zande
250,000 3 No
Brodhead Farm City Elevator
N3503 Hwy 104
Brodhead, WI 53520
Ben Fenwick
2,700,000 25 No
Burnett Peachy Brothers
P.O. Box 36
Burnett, WI 53922
Don Peachy
300,000 5 No
Cottage Grove Landmark Grain
203 W Cottage Grove Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Lonnie Harms
3,800,000 25 No
Darien Elburn Cooperative
461 W. Madison Street
Darien, WI 53114
Eric Lawton
2,500,000 50 Yes
Darien Farm City Elevator
P.O. Box 628
Darien, WI 53114
Tom Farley
2,800,000 25 No
Horicon United Cooperative
101 Clinton Street
Horicon, WI 53032
Jan Moyer
3,800,000 25 Yes
Milton Farm City Elevator
302 Vincent Street
Milton, WI 53563
Larry Geerts
1,200,000 25 No
Muscoda Riverdale Ag Service
222 S. Wisconsin
Muscoda, WI 53573
Dave Wiederholt
530,000 25 No
Orfordville Farm City Elevator
103 W. Brodhead Street
Orfordville, WI 53576
Greg Baxter
3,100,000 25 No
Oshkosh ADM
2550 Clairview Road
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Shelby Simmons
1,680,000 25 No
Randolph United Cooperative
Randolph, WI
Jan Moyer
400,000 7 No
Ripon United Cooperative
713 Stanton Street
Ripon, WI 54971
Jan Moyer
4,200,000 25 Yes
Ripon ADM
W13136 County Hwy. KK
Ripon, WI 54971
Connie Klettke
3,600,000 50 No
Rock Springs United Cooperative
P.O. Box 8
Rock Springs, WI 53961
Jan Moyer
3,100,000 25 Yes
Stoughton Furseth Grain
2157 Hwy. A
Stoughton, WI 53589
Dan Furseth
780,000 8 No
Sun Prairie/ Marshall Duffy Grain
P.O. Box 250
Columbus, WI 53925
Pat Duffy
1,700,000 25 Yes
Waukesha Williams Grain
W282S3581 Ringneck Court
Waukesha, WI 53188
Rob Schuett
100,000 3 No
Whitewater Landmark Grain
P.O. Box 220
Burlington, WI 53105
Tom Voight
1,400,000 25 No
Zenda Farm City Elevator
Zenda, WI 53195
Randall Wutke
2,100,000 50 Yes