Passenger cars are lined up on the tracks with men posed on and beside the cars. People can also be seen in the passenger car windows and beside the tracks. The men are dressed formally. A sign hanging on the final car reads: "Waukesha Train No Pipeline."
Notes from photo: (front) April, 1893 Special Waukesha Train to Madison to fight granting a franchise to pipe Hygeia Spring water to Chicago John L. Gaspar, Donor (back) Train to Madison to fight against Pipe Line to Chicago April 1893 John L Gaspar Donor
This train transported those traveling from Waukesha, Wisconsin to Madison, Wisconsin to dispute the granting of a franchise that intended to pump Hygeia Spring water to Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition.
They were successful in blocking Hygeia Spring's owner, James E. McElroy, from sending Waukesha spring water to Chicago. However, McElroy purchased land in Big Bend that also contained springs. McElroy laid a pipeline and sent that Big Bend spring water to Chicago's World Columbian Exposition. From Farmland to Freeways p406.