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"Where the Old Soo crossed the New Soo,"
Serving Proudly Since 1886
Both are history now!
Photo by "The Lake Country Reporter" - Hartland, WI
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Duplainville, Wisconsin, an unincorporated community within the City of Pewaukee, is located about 15 miles west of Milwaukee at Milepost 102.2 on the CP main or Milepost 102.6 on the WC. It is between Waukesha and Sussex, Wisconsin. In about 1855, the Milwaukee Road built its track west from Brookfield Junction toward Portage and Minneapolis for a faster route than what had been over the Prairie du Chien Line to the Mississippi river or the Northern Lines thru North Milwaukee, Rugby Jct, Hartford, Horicon and Beaver Dam. In 1885-86, the Wisconsin Central Railroad built south from Rugby Jct to Chicago. Hence their tracks crossed in Duplainville.
A tower was erected in the northwest quadrant of the diamond in 1890. William Alvord was the chief operator for many years. He lived a short distance from the crossing. With heavy winter snow, additional help was hired to keep the tracks and switches clear. Although there were signals and gates at the Duplainville Road highway crossing, there were numerous accidents and some lives were lost. The tower burned down on January 1, 1929. A new brick building was then built. It was finally torn down in 1987 after a much needed connection track to the old Soo was built and CTC was installed. The diamond was then controlled from Milwaukee. During 1962, the Wisconsin Central, DSS&A and Soo Line combined to what is now known as the Soo Line. After the SOO Line purchased the Milwaukee Road in 1985, the Old SOO ( former Wisconsin Central ) crossed the New SOO (former Milwaukee Rd. ) at Duplainville.
As life goes, things are always in a state of change. In 2001, the Canadian National RR purchased the "Old Soo", from the then operating Wisconsin Central Ltd railroad which purchased the "Lake States" subsidiary of the "new" Soo in 1987. The "new" Soo was folded into the Canadian Pacific Railroad as it is today.
Today, Duplainville is the only place in Wisconsin where the CP crosses the CN.
More Duplainville Area History
Today, there are numerous trains that cross the diamond at Duplainville. The Canadian National Railroad runs about 25 trains per day. There are also moves by the WSOR between Slinger and Waukesha. The CP runs about 22 trains per day in addition to Amtrak 7 & 8.
CN/WC 161.295 mc/s & 160.260 mc/s
CP/SOO 161.370 mc/s
UNION PACIFIC 160.890 mc/s
WSOR 160.575 mc/s
FRED 452.9375/457.9375 mc/s
Ham Radio Train watching Frequencies
How to Get Here
Getting here is rather simple. Take Interstate I-94 west from Milwaukee to State Highway F ( AKA Redford Blvd ) at Waukesha . Exit and go north on Hwy F to the 3rd stop and go lights ( just north of a Ready Mix plant). Bear right on Duplainville Road and go north about 3/4 mile to the CP tracks. You may park on the south side of Marjean Lane or just south of the tracks on Duplainville Road,
To get to the CN/WC tracks, continue north on Duplainville Road across the CP double main to Green Road. Then right ( east ) to the tracks. To get to North Duplainville on the CN/WC, just continue north on Duplainville Rd about 1 1/2 miles to Lisbon Rd ( Hwy K ).
WARNING: Please watch your speed when in the area. The Waukesha Sheriff Dept. run RADAR and LASER, especially on Hwy F/Redford Blvd. They are also on Duplainville Rd occasionally.
CP-2816 at Sturtevant on September 2, 2007
Railroad Crossings Updated 7-15-12
Sussex Train Depot History
Duplainville Tower Shots New 12-19-16
Amtrk Engineer Craig Willet's Last Run thru Pewaukee 6-30-12 22 megs
261 Cars on the rear of Amtrak #7 at Pewaukee coming back from National Railroad Day 5-13-12 12 megs
261 Cars on the rear of Amtrak #8 going to Chicago for National Railroad Day 5-11-12 17 megs
CP Holiday Train at Hartland 12-3-11
BNSF 669 Leads #7 Tonite 1-6-11 15 megs
High Speed Railroading at Pewaukee 1-9-11 14 megs
Pewaukee in 1891 1-5-10 1.5meg PDF
CP Holiday Train at Pewaukee 12-9-10 22 megs
Last Day of Train Horns in Oconomowoc 11-30-10 32 megs
Part Two 11-30-10 44 megs
4th Last Train 11-30-10 27 megs (The Night video didn't turn out very well )
3rd Last Train ( DME ) 11-30-10 49 megs
High Speed Railroading at Oconomowoc w/#8 before whistle ban 11-21-10 48 megs
High Speed Railroading at Oconomowoc 10-17-10 30 megs
#7 at Oconomowoc before Whistle Ban 7-29-10 40 megs
#7 at Reeseville Marsh w/261's PVs from the NMRA Convention in Milwaukee 7-18-10 68 megs
#7 at Reeseville Marsh w/261's PVs 5-23-10 65 megs
#7 at Oconomowoc with 261's PVs 5-16-10 55 megs
Private Varnish at Reeseville coming back from National Rail Day 5-9-10 54 megs
CP 8724 Mishap 5-7-10
Private Varnish on #7 at Pewaukee 4-11-10 32 megs
Railgrinder at Pewaukee 3-16-10 44 megs
2009 CP Holiday Train at Pewaukee 12-5-09 88 megs (ouch)
Great Duplainville Crash Revisited 11-11-09
WSOR Waukesha Spur 11-15-09
George Price, RIP 9-21-09
Amtrak #7 w/4 PVs 8-9-09 62 megs
SP 4449 at Sturtevant 8-2-09 37 megs
High Speed Railroading - Sturtevant 7-26-09 55 Megs
High Speed Railroading - Oconomowoc 7-19-09 62 megs
High Speed Railroading - Pewaukee Style 6-2-09 55 Megs
CP Tech Train 6-3-09 48 Megs
Rebuilding Dupy Diamond 5-5-09
Oakton Ave Opps 4-22-09
M & P Patrol gets Stuck in the Snow on Jan 24, 2009 Part 2
Over the Arlington Hill in the Snow Jan, 2009 1-1-10 12 megs
Little Pewaukee Oops 7-4-08
2nd Train Thru Reeseville Marsh Flood 6-29-08
Water Woes, June 2008
Remodeled Hartland Freight House
CP Shoo Fly at Brookfield 6-1-08
UP 6936 Xtra at Sussex 4-17-08
Stark Candy Company, Pewaukee
Nashotah Action 2-28-08
Washouts on the River Sub
Superdome Opps in Pewaukee
Loram Opps 11-6-07
CP-2816 at Portage
The Seivert Boys in Action
Opps with the WC 7518 at Payne & Dolan at Waukesha
New Amtrak Station--Milwaukee
Ron Morales 1948-2002
Milw 261 at Milwaukee
CP 2816 at Pewaukee
Empire Builder #7 Anniversary Trip
Quadgraphics Passenger Cars
Dropping some CWR in Brookfield, WI
BIGGG Opps at Duplainville
Big Opps on the Adams Sub
CP 584's Crew--at Least the Conductor
Newhall Bridge in Waukesha
Dupy Passenger Train Crash of 1956
A KMRR Car Movement
Opps with Amtrak #7 7-20-02 A Darwin Award candidate.
FL-082 on 7-8-02
Adventures of Bob and Brian
North Waukesha Derailment on 1-31-02
Truck vs. Train Crash near Duplainville
KMRR Final Auction 12-1-01
Last Run of the KMRR 10-28-01
Speeders at KMRR
SOO 1003 Steam Engine
FRA RR Crossing Rules
Dupy Train/Truck Crash
Emergency RR Crossing Telephone Numbers
Cross Crossings Cautiously!
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Site Update 1-9-2018
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