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Former Milwaukee Road passenger rail station
4 Photos of Milwaukee Road Passenger Trains Thanks to Roger Puta (27460209186).jpg
Two passenger trains seen at the depot in May 1967.
Location 640 West Washington Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Opened 1903
Closed 1971
Preceding station Milwaukee Road Following station
towards Rapid City
Rapid City – Madison Terminus
Terminus Madison – Milwaukee via Watertown Franklin Street
towards Milwaukee
Madison – Milwaukee via Waukesha Lake Waubesa
towards Milwaukee
Madison – Rondout Lake Waubesa
towards Rondout
Madison – Portage Franklin Street
towards Portage
Milwaukee Road Depot
West Madison Depot.jpg
The historic depot with "CMStP&P" written on the outside
Location 640 West Washington Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Area 1.7 acres (0.69 ha)
Built 1903 (1903)
Architect Frost & Granger
NRHP reference No. 85000990
Added to NRHP May 9, 1985

The Milwaukee Road Depot in Madison, Wisconsin is a railroad depot built in 1903 and operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). It served numerous passenger trains, including the Sioux and Varsity, and was located next to a major yard, turntable, and roundhouse. The station was one of two Milwaukee Road stations in Madison, and was also known as West Madison station or West Madison Depot to avoid confusion with Franklin Street station on the east side of Madison. All Milwaukee Road passenger service in Madison was consolidated to this station with the closing of Franklin Street in 1952. Rail service in Madison was terminated in 1971 when the Milwaukee Road opted to end all of its passenger operations.

Current usage

The depot is now used as a shopping center; including a bicycle shop, a café, and a restaurant. MILW 35A, an EMD E8A locomotive, sits on static display outside of the depot along with several Milwaukee Road, New York Central Railroad, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority passenger cars. A single-tracked line operated by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad remains in front of the depot.

The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and on the State Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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