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Vintage Rail Photo - Madison - Part 2

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Vintage Rail Photo's

By Craig H. Bluschke

Madison, WI

Milwaukee Road

Part 2

When the Milwaukee entered bankruptcy in the 1980's they closed their agency in Madison, moved out of the depot entirely, and removed all but one track of their adjacent yard. The structure sat vacant for a number of years with it's future in doubt until a local developer purchased the building along with the vacant former yard area. Throughout the early 1990's the area was rebuilt with a mix of office and apartment buildings and the depot itself was renovated to house a restaurant in the former waiting room and several shops in what had been the baggage room and office spaces. A "fake" passenger train consisting of an E9 shell and several passenger cars sits adjacent to the depot on a disconnected length of track and are also used to
house shops and offices while adding to the station atmosphere.

Part 3 - Interior Shots from 1969

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