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".

ANN ARBOR RAILROAD

South segment of old Ann Arbor Railroad.

COOPERSVILLE & MARNE RAILWAY

Former Grand Trunk Western line west of Grand Rapids.

DETROIT CONNECTING RAILROAD

Former Grand Trunk Western trackage in Detroit.

GRAND ELK RAILROAD

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

GRAND RAPIDS EASTERN RAILROAD

Former Grand Trunk Western line east of Grand Rapids.

GREAT LAKES CENTRAL RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Michigan.

HURON & EASTERN RAILWAY

Several former railroads in Michigan.

INDIANA & OHIO RAILROAD

Former Detroit Toledo & Ironton line.

INDIANA NORTHEASTERN RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

JACKSON & LANSING RAILROAD

Former New York Central line.

LAKE STATE RAILWAY

Several former railroads in Michigan.

MARQUETTE RAIL

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

MICHIGAN SHORE RAILROAD

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio lines near Muskegon.

MICHIGAN SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Segment of former New York Central "Old Line".

MID MICHIGAN RAILROAD

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

WEST MICHIGAN RAILROAD

Former Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio line.