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Wisconsin Central: Regional Railroad Powerhouse in Review
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  • ISBN: 9781634994828

Wisconsin Central: Regional Railroad Powerhouse in Review

Author(s): Dean Sauvola
The Wisconsin Central (WC) was a dynamic regional railroad that served the upper Midwest from 1987–2001. Despite lasting just short of fourteen years, WC packed a lot of changes and development into that time and repeatedly shook up the industry.

We look at this colorful operation in all seasons and across the territory it served. WC employed a wide variety of second-hand locomotives, and they are depicted working a range of tasks around the system. The classy maroon and gold livery of WC is fondly remembered. Early and late versions of this paint scheme are shown.

The routes of the WC were continually refined over the course of its existence through purchases of additional lines and whole RRs. These changes are covered in detail through text, maps, and photographs. The factors that set the stage for the creation and success of the WC are also discussed.

Growth of the railroad is depicted right up to the last day when it became part of Canadian National. An epilogue provides updates on these routes after the independence of the WC ended.


Dean Sauvola began to study the history and operations of railroads during high school in his hometown of Hancock, MI. He continued to create railroad art and photography while attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. During college his photographs began appearing in railroad magazines. After graduating from MCAD he went to work for Pentrex Publishing on magazines Passenger Train Journal and Pacific Rail News. He continues to work as a graphic designer along with the avocation of photography and art. He has authored numerous articles, and this is his first book. He lives in New Richmond, WI, with his wife, Rachel, and daughters, Abigail and Iris.

Pages: 160
Publisher: America Through Time
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 27th November 2023
State: Wisconsin
ISBN: 9781634994828
Format: Paperback
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / History
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / Pictorial