The Beaver Dam & Baraboo Railroad: An Unbuilt Milwaukee Road Ancestor
As we discussed yesterday regarding the Milwaukee Road "Frying Pan" Line in Beaver Dam, WI, while built in 1882, the line actually had its genesis as a part of an mostly-unbuilt ancestor to the Milwaukee Road, that being the Beaver Dam & Baraboo Railroad.
Much like the Frying Pan Line, Joe S informed me of this line as well. Given the age of the BD&B Railroad, and the fact that it was unbuilt, like thousands of railroad companies, there might not have been much to discuss about the line, however, it is interesting given that a decent amount of the right of way was graded between Beaver Dam and Fall River, WI, and we have satellite imagery showing those grades. Additionally, as the Frying Pan used part of the former right of way in Beaver Dam, at least a small part of this route was actually built as intended.
|A quite obvious grade of the unbuilt Beaver Dam & Baraboo Railroad at the end of Beaver Dam Lake Image: Wisconsin Historic Aerial Imagery Finder - 11/7/1940|
|Excerpt from The Railroads of Wisconsin 1827-1937 by The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Inc.|