Railroads: UP (C&NW),
Frequency: Any time
UP locals throughout day, WSOR 2-4/day
Ch1 Rd: 160.575(91)
Ch2 MofW: 161.145(92)
Gen. Ops: 160.215(93)
Ch1 Rd: 160.890(94)
Ch2 Jvl Yard: 160.455(95)
Ch3 Jvl Yard: 161.040(96)
Personal Safety: Good
Local Police/RR Police: Janesville PD, RR n/a
Center Av. (US 51)
Good photo times: All day.
The UP is the busiest in this section of town. The yard stretches
from Beloit Av (CTH G) to Read Rd (a mile or so). Two trains each way
travel the line from Chicago to the yard, most of it for the GM plant.
Locals will also travel southeast from the yard to Clinton and onto Beloit to
switch industries. The UP has a small yard on the west side of GM to
handle the switching there. Since GM is nestled in a small valley, a
switchback is used to access the yard. The trains will stop around the
Center Av (US 51) overpass and back down across Jackson St and then curve around
the south and west sides of the plant for access. The line then merges
with the WSOR at Delevan Drive. This crossing at the NW corner of GM
is a good place to catch the UP switching with its MP-15 engines as it uses this
portion of the WSOR J-Line as a switch lead.
The switchback that crosses Jackson St ends where the diamond used to be
with the WSOR (MILW) J-Line. The line north of there across the
river into the south side of downtown and to the east to Monterey Mills has been
long gone. The old bridge across the river is now part of the city's large
bike trail system.
The WSOR runs one train each way to Chicago a day on the J-Line. The
train to Chicago leaves later at night approx. 10 PM and the Chicago-Janesville
train arrives in Janesville approx. 6 AM. A local will run as needed to
switch industries in Elkhorn and Walworth.