Allis Station - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bluejacket01
N 43° 01.386 W 087° 54.556
16T E 425914 N 4763781
Built in 1915 by the Milwaukee Road, this station now hosts the Model Railroad Club of Milwaukee.
Waymark Code: WMAQC2
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 02/12/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

When in 1915 the Milwaukee Road embarked on a project to elevate the railroad tracks, they needed to accommodate the railroad station. So the station building, along with the ticket counter and waiting room, was located under the tracks next to the bridge over National Avenue, and patrons used stairs to access the station platforms above the station.

The station stopped serving passengers prior to World War II, and eventually the building became the home of the Model Railroad Club of Milwaukee. This is the oldest railroad club in the USA to be located in one place. The Club was started in February 1933 by various individuals including W. K. Walthers (famous for railroad modeling supplies), Albert C. Kalmbach (famous for his railroad modeling publishing business) and his lifelong friend Frank Zeidler (America's last Socialist mayor (1948-1960) of Milwaukee). Kalmbach, Walthers and Zeidler teamed up again in 1935, launching the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No

Is the station/depot open to the public?: No

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
Model Railroad Club of Milwaukee

What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road); Canadian Pacific Railway

Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed

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