Throughout the country, there is a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts who document railroad crossings and accompanying train signals. One of these persons is Andre Wehrle, a Stoughton native who has shot videos throughout the state of the rail behemoths. At the end of 2006, he captured photos and video footage of a Wisconsin Southern train crossing through the east side of Madison. Specifically, he reports that engines SD20 #2051 and SD40-2 #4002 led the train, which was headed outbound at the Milwaukee Street crossing, just a few blocks west of Fair Oaks Avenue.
A video clip featuring two views of the crossing follows below.
There is an accompanying set of photos shot by Wehrle available here at Mike's Railroad Crossing Website, a six-year old database featuring thousands of photos of railroad grade crossings throughout the U.S.
Any discussion of trains in central Madison, of course, must include a reference to the interminable controversy over signal whistles Wehrle addresses this issue at the bottom of his photogallery: "The FRA says the crossing is in a quiet zone however... it was in effect until a few months ago, but it was repealed after WSOR refused to enforce it amongst its crews, since the same Madison residents that complained about noise from train horns were still ignoring crossing signals." He also notes this particular crossing (DOT #392218A) at Milwaukee Street features two daily trains, and has been the site of three accidents, in 1981, 1985 and 1993.