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April 5, 2020

2/21/2020 11:16:00 AM
For the railroad enthusiast in all of us

Like the authors say, their book is not made for the coffee table.
"You probably won't find it there for light reading," Larry Foht and Rory Peterson agree. In their way they are saying it is a bit of heavy reading.
The book is titled "The Dodgeville, Wisconsin District of the Illinois Central Railroad 1887 to 1942." It is over 200 pages of narrative, maps, schedules, photos, etc. and all things railroad. If you like history of the railroad era in this part of Wisconsin it is the book for you.
The book took hours and hours over a two year period to create. It is available on demand and can be previewed online at The two men have two other books they have written: "Narrow Guage Line Galena Railroad 1853-1939" and "Silent Witness" about a head on wreck that happened north of Galena.
Talking to people was one of the main ways the two authors got the information they needed.
"The Blotz family (descendents of Paul Blotz) were very helpful and so was the Baraboo Railway Museum," they said. They went all around the country to find things out about the line.
Many of the pictures in the book are courtesy of the Baraboo entity and were found by going through boxes and boxes. They did their best to credit the pictures from where ever they were found.
Also included in the book are blueprints for the various parts of the line.
"If you want to learn about the rail this is one way to do it," the authors agree. "This is the real nuts and bolts of the railroad. We left no stone unturned."

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