December 15, 2018 – The CP Holiday Train made numerous visits in the state of Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday, December 7 & 8.  In fact, the CP Holiday Train made more stops in Wisconsin this year then in its 20 year history.
One notable stop this year was Portage, WI. The Holiday Train visit this year was opposite the Amtrak train station taking advantage of open space off of Averbeck St. Steven Sobiek, Director of Business Development and Planning for Portage said “the new venue on the north side of the tracks allows for more people to get a much closer and better view of the train concert.” There was ample room for parking this year, and the hope is room for a larger crowd in the future.
The CP Holiday Train is an effort to raise, money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves. Photo credits: top photo courtesy of Steven Sobiek, City of Portage;  bottom photo courtesy of Lyn Jerde, Portage Daily Register.

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BRIGHTLINE Presentation by Russell Roberts at MIPRC

December 11, 2018 – HAPPY HOLIDAYS! everyone from the Wisconsin Association for Railroad Passengers.  As a Holiday treat I’m posting a speech/ presentation that wasn’t within a WisARP meeting.

Hopefully everyone is familiar with the upstart passenger railroad in Florida named Brightline, a private company.  Russell Roberts, Vice President Government Affairs and Brightline have given us permission to post Roberts presentation about Brightline from this past October at the Midwest Intercity Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC) meeting.  Roberts explains how the Florida endeavor is more than just a railroad experience.

In addition to the presentation, Mark Quam (West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition) has supplied a dozen pictures from his Florida visit in October.  He had a first hand experience with Brightline.  These are included at the end of Roberts’ presentation.  Enjoy this special video!  Happy Holidays!

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BADGER RAILS 4th Quarter-2018 issue is out!

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December 1, 2018 – The latest issue of BADGER RAILS is out.  Badger Rails is a WisARP member only publication.  E-mail copies were sent out Friday, November 30, 2018.  If your copy arrives by USPS, expect it around December 8, 2018.  If you are not a member and wish to receive a copy of Badger Rails, please email                                                            < wisarp@hotmail.com > for membership information.