SHORT LINE RAILROADS - MICHIGAN

Smaller companies operating former main line trackage, no longer wanted by the large railroads. In 1976, the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other northeast railroads led to the formation of Conrail, which was free to abandon routes with limited traffic potential. Thus began a new trend of forming short line railroads, which could operate certain routes more successfully than the large railroads.


ADRIAN & BLISSFIELD RAILROAD

Segment of former New York Central "Old Line".

Adrian-East Riga


ANN ARBOR RAILROAD

South segment of old Ann Arbor Railroad.

Toledo-Osmer


COOPERSVILLE & MARNE RAILWAY

Former Grand Trunk Western line west of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids-Coopersville


DETROIT CONNECTING RAILROAD

Former Grand Trunk Western trackage in Detroit.

Detroit-Milwaukee Jct.


GRAND ELK RAILROAD

Former New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad lines between Elkhart and Grand Rapids.

Elkhart-White Pigeon Jct.
White Pigeon Jct.-Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS EASTERN RAILROAD

Former Grand Trunk Western line east of Grand Rapids.

Lowell-Grand Rapids


GREAT LAKES CENTRAL RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Michigan.

Osmer-Durand
Owosso-Yuma
Cadillac-Petoskey/Traverse City
Grawn-Traverse City
Traverse City-Williamsburg
Owosso-Fergus
Ashley-Middleton


HURON & EASTERN RAILWAY

Several former railroads in Michigan.

Durand-Owosso
Durand-Saginaw
Saginaw-Bay City to Midland
Millington-Munger
Vassar-Colling
Saginaw-Brown City
Saginaw-Croswell
Kinde Branch/Ruth Branch


INDIANA & OHIO RAILROAD

Former Detroit Toledo & Ironton line.

Diann-Delta


INDIANA NORTHEASTERN RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Steubenville-Jonesville
Coldwater-Hillsdale
Jonesville-Litchfield


JACKSON & LANSING RAILROAD

Former New York Central line.

Jackson-Lansing


LAKE STATE RAILWAY

Several former railroads in Michigan.

Saginaw/Bay City/Midland Lines
Bay City-Gaylord
Pinconning-Alpena


MARQUETTE RAIL

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio lines north of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids-Baldwin
Baldwin-Ludington
Walhalla-Manistee


MICHIGAN SHORE RAILROAD

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio lines near Muskegon.

Consumers Energy Spur-Berry
Berry-Fremont


MICHIGAN SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Segment of former New York Central "Old Line".

White Pigeon Jct.-Sturgis


MID MICHIGAN RAILROAD

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio line west of Saginaw.

Saginaw-Alma


WEST MICHIGAN RAILROAD

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio line.

Paw Paw-Hartford