• Passenger Excursions/Coaches

  • The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (reporting mark WSOR) is a Class II regional railroad in southern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. It operates former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) and Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (C&NW) trackage, mostly acquired by the state of Wisconsin in the 1980s. It is owned by WATCO. Website:https://www.watcocompanies.com
The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (reporting mark WSOR) is a Class II regional railroad in southern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. It operates former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) and Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (C&NW) trackage, mostly acquired by the state of Wisconsin in the 1980s. It is owned by WATCO. Website:https://www.watcocompanies.com
  by Pensyfan19
 
I have been viewing pictures of this railroad and noticed that they have a good amount of passenger cars, specifically Pullman Bilevels being pulled by an E unit. What are these and other passenger cars usually used for? Have they been used for anything other than excursion service once being acquired by this railroad? Are the being planned to be used for anything else?
  by eolesen
 
These days, probably nothing.

The E-units are all gone.

WSOR 101 was sold to Friends of the 261, and will eventually go back to MILW colors. That was the last one on property.
WSOR 103 was sold to Iowa Pacific around 2017, and had been doing charters prior to their bankruptcy.
WSOR 102 was owned by IRM, and returned there in 2017. Still in WSOR colors today, not sure if they'll return it to UP colors or not.

Haven't heard of a WSOR or WAMX excursion or business train since then. The P-S bilevels don't have generators, and I don't believe they have any other equipment on property with HEP.
  by Pensyfan19
 
Ok. What were the bilevels used for? Could it be possible for them to be used as a shuttle service from towns along the line to Metra stations?
  by eolesen
 
Nope. Ain't gonna happen. WATCO wants nothing to do with it.

The gallery cars were mostly used for employee joyrides and occasionally to entertain high value customers with dinner and a few drinks (although the single level cars were better suited for that).