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                                                            < > for membership information.

ARUN RAO 10-27-18 Presentation Video Posted

November 27, 2018 – Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was a featured speaker at the October General Meeting last month.  The video of his presentation has been posted on the YouTube Channel for WisARP.  A link to the video is below.

Part of Rao’s presentation reviewed the history of passenger rail between Milwaukee and Chicago.  Some of this historical perspective is enlightening given the progression of the TCMC train.  (Twin Cities- Milwaukee- Chicago, or second Empire Builder ending at St. Paul, MN.)

The Q&A session of Rao’s appearance at the General Meeting is on a separate video, also posted on our YouTube Channel.  To find our channel on YouTube, search for               < WisARP Wisconsin >.

Tomah Train Station Nov Update

November 24, 2018 – Over two years ago Amtrak began remodeling the Tomah train station.  By Thanksgiving 2016 remodel work had stopped with no word why.  Tomah city officials have been frustrated with the inactivity, eyesores surrounded by a fence and no replies from Amtrak.  September 2018 progress resumed in Tomah.  Will the remodel be complete by the November 30, 2018 promised date?

The < WISARP WISCONSIN > YouTube website has a short video about the condition of the station last month.

WisARP Spring Meeting

The 2018 Spring Meeting of WisARP will be held April 7th, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown La Crosse.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 am with a social hour.  Speakers will present from 10:00 am to noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Speakers will include

Tom Faella, Director of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee, (the Metropolitan Planning Organization)  for the La Crosse urban area.  Tom is also a member of the advisory committee working on the “Second Train” study for the Chicago-St. Cloud corridor.

Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Implementation Manager, WisDOT

Status of passenger rail projects in Wisconsin

Dan Krom, Director, Passenger Rail Office, MnDOT

                    Status of passenger rail projects in Minnesota

A representative from Amtrak

John Parkyn, WisARP President

Register online at

Fee  $25  ($30 after March 30th)                   Youth (age 22 and under)    $5

For questions, 414-541-1112  or

40th Anniversary Meeting

40th Anniversary Meeting
October 28, 2017
Edgewater Hotel, Madison, Wis.

9:00 a.m. Registration and Social Hour, coffee
10:00 a.m.–Noon Speakers
Noon Lunch
1:00 Door prizes
1:15–2:45 p.m. Speakers
2:45 p.m. Elections
3:00 p.m. Adjournment

Speakers will include
Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison
Tim Hoeffner, Director, Office of Rail, Michigan Dept of Transportation (Michigan is the lead state for the Midwest Regional Rail System.)
Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Implementation Manager, WisDOT
Status of passenger rail projects in Wisconsin.
Nona Hill, WisARP Vice-President Bringing train service to Madison
John Parkyn, WisARP President

Register today! Register online at

Or Mail the coupon below to: Mark Weitenbeck
3385 S. 119th St.
West Allis, WI 53227-3943

Fee $25 ($35 after October 21st) Youth (age 22 and under) $5

Make checks payable to WisARP. For questions, 414-541-1112 or