LOST COMMUTER TRAINS

DETROIT

Schedules are from the June 1942 "Official Guide Of The Railways".

In 1942, most rush hour trains actually operated weekdays, and Saturdays also. On Saturdays, certain afternoon departures operated earlier, and are not listed. Presumably in those days, a 5 1/2 or 6 day work week was common.

Miles are distances from the downtown terminal, and not necessarily mileposts.


Grand Trunk Western



 #75      #77      #79     Miles  April 26, 1942   #72      #74      #76
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4:30 pm  5:20 pm  6:10 pm    0    Detroit         8:00 am  8:40 am  5:50 pm
4:39 pm  5:29 pm  6:19 pm    4.1  Milwaukee Jct.  7:49 am  8:29 am  5:37 pm
4:43 pm  5:33 pm  6:23 pm    6.6  Highland Park   7:44 am  8:24 am  5:30 pm
4:51 pm  5:41 pm  6:31 pm   10.9  Ferndale        7:35 am  8:15 am  5:21 pm
4:55 pm  5:45 pm  6:35 pm   13.0  Royal Oak       7:32 am  8:12 am  5:17 pm
5:05 pm  5:55 pm  6:45 pm   17.8  Birmingham      7:24 am  8:04 am  5:10 pm
----     6:10 pm  7:00 pm   26.1  Pontiac         7:10 am  7:50 am  ----
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Commuter service established in 1931, sponsored by SEMTA (Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority) beginning in 1974, discontinued in 1983.


New York Central



 #109     Miles  June 7, 1942       #42       #16
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 5:35 pm    0    Detroit           7:10 am   7:55 am
 6:13 pm   28.0  Ypsilanti         6:30 am   7:12 am
 6:30 pm   35.9  Ann Arbor         6:10 am   7:01 am
 6:45 pm   45.4  Dexter           -----     -----
 6:56 pm   52.7  Chelsea          -----     -----
 7:30 pm   74.1  Jackson           5:25 am   6:05 am
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In 1942, only the afternoon train was a dedicated commuter train. Trains #42 and #16 were through overnight trains from Chicago. Throughout much of the service's history, service was provided by through trains one or both directions. In 1969, train became a dedicated Rail Diesel Car commuter train both directions between Detroit and Ann Arbor. In 1975, the state of Michigan began sponsoring a replacement Amtrak service between Detroit and Jackson, discontinued in 1984.


ADDITIONAL EARLIER COMMUTER TRAINS

The February 1901 "Official Guide Of The Railways" includes the following additional commuter operations.

New York Central/Michigan Central
Detroit-Trenton-Slocum Jct. (17 miles), 2 daily round trips.
Discontinued in early 1920's.