What Happened Today in Railroad History?

44647 views
200 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Monday, September 20, 2010 9:08 AM

Septemper 20, 1850

President Millard Fillmore signs an Act, giving land grants and loads by the Federal Government to railroads.

September 20,1853

The first Union passenger station opens in Indianapolis, Indiana.

September 20, 1873

The New York Stock Exchange is forced to close in an attempt to contain panic resulting from the failure of Jay Cooke & Company.

September 20, 1881

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit, Hillsdale and Southwestern Railroad, formally operated between Detroit and Hillsdale by the Michigan Central, comes under the control of the Lakeshore & Michigan Southern.

September 20, 1903

In the state of Michigan, car ferry service begins beteen Manistique and Northport.

September 20, 1943

A fire in the Denver & Salt Lake's Tunnel #20 forced a 72 day detour of traffic to Tennessee Pass.

September 20, 1975

In the state of Michigan, the City of Detroit would open a new narrow-gauge Washington lvd. trolley line from Clifford to West Lamed. The line would be completed from Grand Circus Park to Cobo Hall by November.

September 20, 1984

Singer, songwriter, Steve Goodman, who had composed the song "City of New Orleans", died in Seattle, Washington.

September 20, 1986

Soo Line discontinues hauling passengers in cabooses in Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

September 20, 1993

In the state of Michigan, Grand Trunk Western removed the diamonds of the Holly Subdivision crossing the Conrail line at Milwaukee Junction.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:24 AM

September 21, 1856

The Illinois Central Railroad connects Cairo, Illinois with 700 miles of track, making it the longest railroad in the country.

September 21, 1905

The Truckee Republican reports on the greatest snowshed fire on the Central Pacific in many years. Rail traffic is halted for three days as nearly one mile of the wooden snow sheds are destroyed.

September 21, 1906

In the Canadian province of Ontario, a Grand Trunk express hit a standing freight at a crossover just west of Napanee. While other trainmen leaped to safety, engineer Frank W. Blaine, known as "Sailor Blaine", stuck to his post to slow his train down and save the lives of his passengers. He was killed in this accident. A monument in his memory was erected in a Brockville cemetery by  his passengers.

September 21, 1923

In the state of Michigan, a new interlocking plant at Charlotte is inspected and approved for opperation. It is a small, General Railway Signal Co. floor model electric interlocking machine which is operated by the Grand Trunk Western from inside their depot. Archives suggest that the crossing was a stop and proceed crossing up to this point in time.

September 21, 1982

San Francisco cable cars cease operations for two years worth of repairs.

September 21, 1991

In the state of Michigan, Amtrak completes a $1.7 million renovation of the former CSX Holland Depot.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:39 AM

September 22, 1851

Charles Minot, Sperintendent of the Erie Railroad, became the first railroad employee to use a telegraph in the movement of trains. His westbound train pulled into a siding at Turner (now called Harriman), New York, to allow an eastbound to pass. The eastbound train was late, so Minot went to the nearest telegraph office to find out where the train was, it hadn't yet reached Goshen, 13 miles west, so he wired ahead orders for that train there to be held for the meet. On returning to his own train, he ordered the engineer to move the train to Goshen, but the engineer refused to take such a risk, so Minot drove the train himself to Goshen where they met the errant eastbound.

September 22, 1902

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Pontiac and Pacific Junction becomes part of the Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway. It had been worked in conjunction with the Gatineau Valley line for some time previously.

September 22, 1946

Santa Fe PA ABA set #51 became Alco's 75,000th locomotive.

September 22, 1950

Toledo's new Central Union Terminal was dedicated.

September 22, 1995

The merger between the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corporations which created today's BNSF system happened on this date.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:24 AM

September 23, 1874

The East Broad Top Railroad begins operations.

September 23, 1883

In the state of Michigan, the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Railway opens a line from the Wisconsin state line to Watersmeet.

September 23, 1894

In the state of Michigan, the Alpena & Northern opens a line south from La Rocque towards Jackson Lake in Monttimorency County.

September 23, 1932

In the state of Michigan, the Canada Southern Railway abandoned the St. Clair & Western Railroad between St. Clair and Ridgeway.

September 23, 1983

The U.S. Railway Association sets the fair market value of the Alaska Railroad at $22.3 million.

September 23, 1988

Boston & Maine's 49 mile Connecticut River Line is transferred to Amtrak for the restoration of the Montrealer.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Friday, September 24, 2010 9:52 AM

September 24, 1869

Railroad speculators Jay Gould and Jim Fisk's attempt to corner the gold market failed.

September 24, 1875

In the state of Michigan, the Grand Rapids, Newaygo and Lake Shore Rail Road completes it's line from Sparta to White Cloud.

September 24, 1887

In the state of Michigan, the Toledo, Saginaw and Muskegon Railway opens a line from Ashley to Carson City.

September 24, 1894

In the Canadian province of Ontario, a Canadian Pacific cattle train, which was composed of about 25 cars, derailed at Brittania when it it a cow on the track. The cow rolled underneath the engine and the resulting impact tossed all the cars in a ditch. A full account of this accident can be found in the Ottawa Journal.

September 24, 1897

In Canada, a new double track steel arch bridge is completed by the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge Company and the Niagara Falls International Bridge Company. The upper floor of the new structure is leased to the Grand Trunk Railway.

September 24, 1901

In the Canadian province of Ontario, Pontiac Pacific Junction Railway is authorized to open from a point on the Canadian Pacific near Hull station to a junction with the Ottawa Northern and Western Railway in Hull.

September 24, 1904

A head on collission killed 62 and injured 120 others in Tennessee.

September 24, 1929

In the state of Michigan, Copper Range President William A. Paine dies at his home near Boston. Paine was also President of Paine Webber.

September 24, 1999

In Cornwall, Ontario, Canadian National abandoned 400 feet of their yard on the north side of the Brookdale Mall, a decision made by the company after the City of Cornwall demanded the yard be abandoned.

September 24, 2004

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the O Train makes a demonstration run from Ottawa to Carp and Return. Carp is on the line built by the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway.

  • Member since
    June 2001
  • From: Lombard (west of Chicago), Illinois
  • 13,512 posts
Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, September 24, 2010 10:12 AM

"September 24, 1875

In the state of Michigan, the Grand Rapids, Newaygo and Lake Shore Rail Road completes its line from Sparta to White Cloud."

 

It hadn't occurred to me, but White Cloud could have been the intended end of this line at one point, even though it's not by any substantial lake shore (it is well beyond Newaygo from Grand Rapids).  I'll have to check my completion dates, but it's likely that this line met up with another railroad already going through White Cloud between Muskegon and Big Rapids.  Even now, when traveling north up the line from Grand Rapids to Baldwin and Ludington (it's Marquette Rail now), when you get to White Cloud, the line takes a sharp curve to the east (where it met the now-long-abandoned line out of Muskegon) before curving again to continue north to Baldwin.  The "Lake Shore" of its name wasn't reached until clear up in Traverse City, years later.

Carl

Railroader Emeritus (practiced railroading for 46 years--and in 2010 I finally got it right!)

CAACSCOCOM--I don't want to behave improperly, so I just won't behave at all. (SM)

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:04 AM

September 25, 1866

The pop safety valve was invented by George W. Richardson of the Troy & Boston Railroad.

September 25, 1893

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway is authorized to operated over the diamond crossing with the Canadian Pacific Railway at Arnprior. Interlocking signals and derailing apparatus had been installed by Mr. Kenneth Blackwell of Montreal.

September 25, 1905

J.H. Hulbert and C.T. Dunbar acquire United Railways for James J. Hill.

September 25, 1949

The "Train of Tomorrow", built by General Motors, visits Montreal.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:18 AM

September 26, 1884

The St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway is leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway for 999 years. The CPR had obtained control of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway and had commenced integration of the line in 1881.

September 26, 1889

In the state of Michigan, Detroit hosted an International Exposition and Fair on the Detroit River, on 14 acres, between Fort Wayne and the Rouge River, near what is now Zug Island. Railroads brought attendees in from all parts of the nation. Tracks were laid directly into the middle of the fair grounds.

September 26, 1892

In the state of Michigan, the Chicago & West Michigan opens the Ironton Branch, from just south of Chrlevoix to Ironton, a distance of 4.08 miles.

September 26, 1905

C.M. Levey becomes President of the Pittsburg & Shawmut. Prior to that, he had been the superintendent of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's Iowa lines.

September 26, 1910

In the state of Michigan, the Manistique & Lake Superior is called the "Haywire", by the Mining Journal, the first time that term was ever used in print.

September 26, 1910

In the state of Michigan, the Management of the Houghton County Traction Company has decided to close Electric Park for the season of 1910. The season has been a very busy one, enormous crowds being entertained without accident or disorder. There were nine open air band concerts, forty-one free dances, and fifteen private parties beside many public and private picnics. Attendance during the season was 46,297 adults and 4,000 children.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Monday, September 27, 2010 9:32 AM

September 27, 1835

Phineas Davis, inventor of the first practical American coal burning locomotive, is killed when his invention, the York, derails.

September 27, 1864

The Jesse James gang surprise-attacked a train, and as a result 150 people were killed.

September 27, 1890

Farmer's Transportation Company is renamed the Columbia Railway & Navigation Company (C&RN).

September 27, 1899

In the state of Michigan, the first car of the Detroit, Rochester, Romeo and Lake Oreon Railway reaches the Rochester bridge.

September 27, 1903

Eleven people were killed in Danville, Virginia when a Southern Railway train derailed on Stillhouse Trestle. The wreck itself was popularized in the song "Wreck of the Old '97".

September 23, 1923

27 people were killed in a train accident at Casper, Wyoming.

September 27, 1925

In the state of Michigan,  "The Red Arrow", a popular Detroit-New York passenger train named for Michigan's Red Arrow Infantry division of World War I, begins service on the Pennsylvania RR.

September 27-28, 1959

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the last regularly scheduled steam powered passenger train on the Canadian Pacific pulled out of Ottawa Union Station. This was the Waltham mixed with D4 class 4-6-0 #425. Unscheduled steam power was used by the Canadian Pacific from time to time after this date, the last steam powered train being freight #76 over the M & O subdivision to Montreal on February 22, 1960 with 4-6-2 #1262.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:46 AM

September 28, 1898

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit, Lake Shore and Mt. Clemens Railway opens an electric line from Detroit to Mt. Clemens via Grosse Pointe Farms.

September 28, 1913

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit and Huron Railway completes their line from Cass City to Bad Axe.

September 28, 1925

In the Canadian province of Ontario, an articulated, two car diesel electric set, #15187 commences regular service between Montreal and Ottawa via Hawkesbury, making one trip in each direction daily except Sundays. #15817 was replaced by a single car #15818 by the end of October.

September 28, 1929

The Hudson Bay Railway reached it's northern terminus at Churchill, Manitoba. This line was originally operated by the Canadian National on behalf of the Government. It became part of the CN system on September 5th, 1951.

September 28, 1952

In the Canadian province Ontario, a connection, known as Nepean Junction, was installed between the Canadian National Beachburg and Renfrew subdivisions. From this date Canadian National would divert all Renfrew subdivision trains onto the Beachburg subdivision. Formal authority to abandon the Renfrew subdivision from Island Park Drive to Nepean Junction was obtained on on October 29, 1952.

September 28, 1956

The C & O completed dieselization.

September 28, 1981

Illinois Central became the first RoadRailer operator.

September 28, 1996

Iron Road Railways, under the name of Quebec Southern Railway commences operation over the following former Canadian Pacific lines in Quebec: Lennoxville to St. Jean, Brookport to Wells River, Vermont, Farnham to Ste-Rosalie Jct, Farnham to Stanbridge.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:24 AM

September 29, 1849

The New Haven Railroad provided the first passenger train service to Peekskill, New York.

September 29, 1890

Railroads forfeit unused land grants, which had been granted as an incucement for constructing new lines.

September 29, 1913

Rudolph C.K. Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, dies at 55.

September 29, 1913

In the state of Michigan, the Bay City Terminal Railway completed a 1.25 mile line from Cincinnati, Saginaw & Macinaw RR at Ionia and Chippewa Streets, Bay City, to east shore of Saginaw River at 7th street.

September 29, 1957

An O3 class steam locomotive, #539 of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, was moved to Ester Short Park in Vancouver, Wa.

September 29, 1962

The last steam powered run was made on the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range.

September 29, 1965

In the Canadian province of Ontario, at Ottawa, the interchange tracks and Canadian National storage tracks between Gladstone Avenue and Somerset Street (C.P.R. Prescott sub. and C.N.R. Chaudiere branch) were taken out of service. A new interchange was located on two tracks north of O'Keef's loading facilities, known as C.P.R. "Top End", to the north of the C.N.R. Chaudiere Branch.

September 29, 1967

The last RPO car was run on the Southern Pacific.

September 29, 1969

The Monon became freight-only.

September 29, 1978

VIA Rail Canada takes over Canadian Pacific passenger operations.

September 29, 1988

Washington D.C.'s Union Station returns to service as a passenger terminal.

September 29, 1990

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit & Mackinac made it's last move between Gaylord and Cheboygan.

September 29, 2000

The Town of Orangeville, Ontario purchased the former Canadian Pacific Railway Owen Sound subdivision between milepost 2.4 and mile post 36.7. The line is managed by the Orangeville & Brampton Rail Association Group and Cando Contracting operates the line with running rights to an interchange with the CPR at Streetsville.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Thursday, September 30, 2010 8:04 AM

September 30, 1872

In the state of Michigan, the Northern Central Michigan Railroad extends it's line from Albion to Eaton Rapids.

September 30, 1877

The Southern Pacific entered Arizona at Yuma, becoming the first railroad in the Territory.

September 30, 1880

In the state of Michigan, the Flint & Pere Marquette opened a line from Clare to Harrison.

September 30, 1914

The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company (GNPSS) incorporated on this date.

September 30. 1914

In the Canadian province of Ontario, construction started at Russell on the first section of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Electric Railway which was planned to run from Ottawa to Morrisburg and Beaudette with a branch from Metcalfe to Russell. There was a public ceremony at the turning of the first sod and the day was observed as a general holiday in Russell. However, little work was done and no trains ever operated over this line.

September 23, 1923

In the Canadian province of Ontario, service was discontinued on Canadian National's Hammond subdivision. The first 0.23 miles from Limoges were left as a siding while the wye connection at Limoges was taken up in 1927 along with the section between Limoges (South Indian) and Clarence Creek (0.48 miles south of Clarence Creek). Just after closure, between 3 and 4 miles of steel were taken up from Rockland southerly. Following representations by the Honerable Charles Murphy (MP for the area and Postmaster General) the steel was relaid between Rockland and Clarence Creek and service was reinstated. The remaining part of the Hammond subdivision (5.10 miles) then became known as the Clarence Creek Branch.

September 30, 1981

Amtrak's Chicago to Dubuque, Iowa Black Hawk was discontinued.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Friday, October 1, 2010 8:50 AM

October 01, 1834

A patent was issued to Ross Winans for the first locomotive with six or eight drive wheels.

October 01, 1861

Theodore Judah recommends the Donnor Pass route for the Central Pacific through the Sierra Nevada mountains.

October 01, 1901

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Pontiac Pacific Junction Railway is authorized to open from a point on the Canadian Pacific  near Hull station to a junction with the Ottawa Northern and Western Railway in Hull.

October 01, 1905

The Grand Trunk assumed control of the 460 mile Canada Atlantic system by agreement dated August 15, 1904.

October 01, 1931

Cotton Belt's Blue Streak freight service begins.

October 01, 1943

T.F. Dixon became Vice President & General Manager of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway.

October 01, 1964

San Francisco's cable cars were declared a national landmark.

October 01, 1967

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Fast Mail" made it's final run.

October 01, 1979

Amtrak's National Limited, Lone Star, North Coast Hiawatha and Hilltopper were discontinued.

October 01, 1988

In the Canadian province of New Foundland, narrow gauge operations came to an end.

October 01, 1993

In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway commences operation over the former Canadian National line between Sydney and Truro.

October 01, 1996

The St. Lawrence and Hudson Railway was formed by merging the Canadian Pacific Rail routes in southern Ontario and Quebec with it's Delaware and  Hudson subsidiary in northern USA. The STLH name was first used about June 1 although the legal entity was not established until after October 1.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Saturday, October 2, 2010 7:44 AM

October 02, 1851

In the state of Michigan, Judge Chamberlain, of the Lake Circuit Court in South Bend, granted an injunction against the Michigan Central, forbidding them from crossing the tracks of the Northern Indiana Railroad. It also forbid them from building a railroad from Michigan City to the west line of the state. This led to suits and counter suits, and the MCRR went ahead and crossed the Northern Indiana at what later became Porter, Indiana. The MCRR finally won at the United States Supreme Court.

October 02, 1855

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit & Milwaukee reached Fentonville from Pontiac.

October 02, 1872

Conrad Doyle, an engineer for the Michigan Central, sat down on an adjacent track while waiting at Grand Trunk Junction (West Detroit), fell asleep, and was struck by a passing train and killed.

October 02, 1872

Colorado's second largest narrow gauge railroad, the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railway was incorporated.

October 02, 1882

In the state of Michigan, William Ashley sells his graded line from South Lyon to Pontiac. It later became the Grand Trunk Western's Jackson Branch.

October 02, 1882

When he was asked whether he operates his railroads for the benefit of the public, William Vanderbilt responded by saying, "The public be damned! What does the public for railroads except to get as much out of them for as little consideration as possible!"

October 02, 1960

Steam power is run for the last time on the Illinois Central.

October 02, 03, 1966

The first and only Southern Railway steam specials originate from Washington Union Station. All future specials would originate from Alexandria Virginia.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Louisville, KY
  • 9,002 posts
Posted by cherokee woman on Sunday, October 3, 2010 7:10 AM

From railwaystation.com:

OCTOBER 03 1837
The Sandusky, the first locomotive equipped with a whistle makes it's first run from Patterson to New Brunswick, NJ.

OCTOBER 03 1937

Railroad unions win 44 cent per day pay raise.

Angel cherokee woman "O'Toole's law: Murphy was an optimist."
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Sunday, October 3, 2010 9:16 AM

October 03-04, 1873

The Grand Trunk Railway converts the gauge of it's line between Stratford and Montreal, 421 miles together with 60 miles of sidings from 5'6" to the standard gauge of 4' 8 1/2" The track work was completed in 24 hours and occasioned but 16 hours interuption in the use of the main line.

October 03, 1882

In the state of Michigan, the Port Huron & Southwestern completes it's line from Port Huron to Almont - the Almont branch. It is consolidated into the Port Huron & Northwestern on 12/9/1882.

October 03, 1883

In the state of Michigan, the first Pontiac, Oxford, and Port Austin Railroad passenger train reached Caseville.

October 03, 1920

In the Canadian province of Ontario, Canadian Pacific's Chaudiere Junction, the junction where the line from Prescott diverged to run to the Chaudiere and Sussex Street, is renamed Ellwood.

October 03, 1995

In the Canadian province of Quebec, Canadian Pacific abandoned it's Lachute subdivision east of Thurso to St. Augustin.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Louisville, KY
  • 9,002 posts
Posted by cherokee woman on Monday, October 4, 2010 5:22 AM

From Arcamax History & Quotes:

October 4

In 1883, the Orient Express train made it first run.

Angel cherokee woman "O'Toole's law: Murphy was an optimist."
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Monday, October 4, 2010 7:33 AM

October 04, 1873

The Grand Trunk Railway regauged it's Toronto to Montreal mainline to standard gauge.

October 04, 1904

This was the first day that the New York City Subway had 350,000 riders.

October 04, 1922

The Canadian National Railway Company became a corporate entity.

October 04, 1967

Santa Fe President John Reed announces that the railroad plans to drop all but a handful of first class passenger trains.

October 04, 1969

The last wooden passenger subway cars were retired at Brooklyn.

October 04, 1970

The first excursion train was operated on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway.

October 04, 1980

In the state of Michigan, the Chessie System (formerly Chesapeake & Ohio Railway) drops the car ferry route between Ludington and Milwaukee.

October 04, 1981

Amtrak's Chicago to East Peoria Prairie Marksman is discontinued.

October 04, 2007

Canadian Pacific Railway completed it's acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:27 AM

October 05, 1895

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit, Delray & Dearborn Railroad completed a line from Delray to (west) Dearborn.

October 05, 1898

In the state of Michigan, a new interlocking plant and tower is proposed in Clare for the crossing of the Flint & Pere Marquette and Ann Arbor Railroad. It is a 16 lever Union Switch & Signal frame. The tower is located across from the union depot.

October 05, 1932

In the state of Michigan, the last car is operated on the Detroit to Toledo interurban line.

October 05, 1937

In the state of Michigan, the Michigan Railroad Club was formed. It remains that state's oldest railfan organization.

October 05, 1975

In the state of Michigan, the Pere Marquette 1225 2-8-4, is steam tested on the Michigan State University Campus. The locomotive, which was on static display at MSP, was eventually moved to the Steam Railroad Institute in Owosso for operation.

October 05, 2008

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Ottawa Central Railway and the Counties of Pontiac and Renfrew sponsor a train fro elected representatives to foster the idea of a commutor train running from Ottawa Valley towns into Ottawa. The train ran between Ottawa, Walkley Yard via the Beachburg subdivision to Beachburg with stops at Norway Bay Golf Club in both directions.

  • Member since
    June 2001
  • From: Lombard (west of Chicago), Illinois
  • 13,512 posts
Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 3:59 PM

October 05, 1898

In the state of Michigan, a new interlocking plant and tower is proposed in Clare for the crossing of the Flint & Pere Marquette and Ann Arbor Railroad. It is a 16 lever Union Switch & Signal frame. The tower is located across from the union depot.

 

I was amazed at this one, because the depot at Clare also included a tower right at the crossing.  But the first thing that comes up on Google when you ask for a photograph of the station at Clare is a shot that includes both the station, complete with tower, and the interlocking tower across the AA track from it:

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Stations/CountyStations/ClareStations/ClareMI.htm

Carl

Railroader Emeritus (practiced railroading for 46 years--and in 2010 I finally got it right!)

CAACSCOCOM--I don't want to behave improperly, so I just won't behave at all. (SM)

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: Louisville,Ky.
  • 5,077 posts
Posted by locomutt on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 6:30 PM

Carl, Thanks for the link, I really enjoyed a couple of the photos!

Being Crazy,keeps you from going "INSANE" !! "The light at the end of the tunnel,has been turned off due to budget cuts" NOT AFRAID A Vet., and PROUD OF IT!!

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:25 AM

If anyone would like to know what my source of information is in regards to railroad history in the state of Michigan, it all comes from Michigan's Railroad History Museum (BRHX).

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:30 AM

Michigan's Railroad History Museum (RRHX), not BRHX as earlier pointed out.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 7:13 AM

October 06, 1846

On this date, George Westinghouse was born.

October 06, 1866

The four Reno brothers, hold up their first train, taking $13,000 from the safes on a moving Ohio & Mississippi train. This was the first robbery of a train in motion.

October 07, 1897

In the state of Michigan, Lake Shore Grand Rapids division trains would no longer terminate at White Pidgeon. A connection had been built there so that trains could run through to Elkhart which would be their new terminal.

October 06, 1935

Market Street Railway starts using trackless trolley coaches.

October 06, 1942

In the state of Michigan, the Escanaba Ore Dock Project is launched, to build facilities at Escanaba for the diversion of iron ore from the Minnesota ranges in the event of the bombing of the Sault Ste. Marie locks.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Thursday, October 7, 2010 7:46 AM

October 07, 1826

The first American Railroad was completed in Quincy, Massachussetts. Horse drawn wagons carrying granite were pulled from a quarry along a 3-mile track for the Bunker Hill Monument.

October 07, 1834

The first American railroad tunnel was opened on the Allegheny Portage Railroad, east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

October 07, 1948

Passengers aboard the Baltimore & Ohio's Marylander between Washington and New York saw the first practical demonstration of television reception on board a moving train.

October 07, 1949

The Gulf, Mobile & Ohio became one of the first major railroads to completely dieselize after it's final operation of steam power.

October 07, 1957

Canadian National opened it's line from Beattyville to Chibougmau, Quebec.

October 07, 1960

General Managrt N.S. Westergard assumed the additional post as Vice President of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Friday, October 8, 2010 8:23 AM

October 08, 1871

The Chicago Fire began and 3.5 square miles of that city burned. Much of the town over the next 30 years was replaced with lumber that came out of the state of Michigan. The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern station at Van Buren and LaSalle burned during this fire. The station was rebuilt.

October 08, 1883

In the state of Michigan, the Pontiac, Oxford and Port Austin Railroad completed a line from Pontiac to Caseville.

October 08, 1979

Amtrak's Chicago to Miami Floridian was discontinued.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Louisville, KY
  • 9,002 posts
Posted by cherokee woman on Saturday, October 9, 2010 7:26 AM

In 1995, an Amtrak passenger train derailed in a remote area of Arizona southwest of Phoenix, killing one person and injuring about 100 others in apparent track sabotage.

Angel cherokee woman "O'Toole's law: Murphy was an optimist."
  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Saturday, October 9, 2010 9:00 AM

October 09, 1851

In the Canadian province of Ontario, in the Ottawa area, an official ground breaking ceremony for the Bytown and Prescott Railway took place at the McTaggert Street Station site. A formal prade made it's way from the Company offices to the station site. The ceremony was followed by a formal dinner at Doran's.

October 09, 1877

A Presidential order allowed the Southern Pacific to expand into Arizona and New Mexico.

October 09, 1877

In Canada, the locomotive "Countess of Dufferin" arived in St. Boniface towed by the steamer "Selkirk". It was brought in by the contractor Joseph Whitehead to work on the Selkirk - Emerson line and was the first locomotive in Manitoba and on the prairies.

October 09, 1882

In the state of Michigan, the Grand Trunk Detroit-Port Huron trains begin using the Brush Street Station. Until this time, they terminated at the MC Third Street Station or the Woodward Avenue Station. The Grand Trunk also closed it's ticket office, waiting room and baggage room located at 13 West Fort Street, opposite City Hall.

October 09, 1900

Union Station in Nashville, Tennessee opened.

October 09, 1971

In Cornwall, Ontario, on what had been a part of New York Central's Ottawa division, Canadian National held a retirement parade for Conrnwall's electric street railway, which ran from the car barns westward on Water Street to Cumberland Street. Frome there the parade contined eastward along 9th Street to the former Canadian National Station grounds. The rest of that day and the next, free rides were given from the grounds to the Brookdale Mall to the west and the Eastcourt Mall in the east by using #7 and a Canadian National commuter coach car. The railway donated #17 and maintenance car #4 to the city. Retired were numbers 4, 6 to 9, 11 to 12, 14 to 16 and 3152 while 5 and 10 were scrapped. B-1 was donated to the Canadian Science & Technology Museum.

October 09, 2001

Canadian National acquired the Wisconsin Central Railroad.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:28 AM

October 10, 1848

The first steam locomotive to operate in Chicago, for the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, the Pioneer, arrived in New York by boat.

October 10, 1879

In the state of Michigan, 18 passengers were killed in a wreck involving Michican Central's Pacific Express at Jackson.

October 10, 1881

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette, the Michigan Central and the Grand Rapids & Indiana formed a joint subsidiary, the Mackinac Transportation Company, to operate car ferry service at the straits of Mackinac. The orginal boat was the Algoma which carried passengers and freight, and was designed to tow the barge Betsy, which had a capacity of 4 railroad cars. This arrangement lasted until 1887, when the St. Ignace was built and placed in service.

October 10, 1887

In Michigan, the first regular passenger train on the "Soo" branch of the DSS&A left Sault Ste. Marie at 6:00 a.m.

October 10, 1888

55 people were killed in a rairoad accident at Mud Run, PA.

October 10, 1910

In the state of Michigan, the Detroit, Bay City & Western Railroad opened a line from Bay City to Caro.

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • 2,483 posts
Posted by CANADIANPACIFIC2816 on Monday, October 11, 2010 9:07 AM

October 11, 1869

In the Canadian province of Ontario, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur arrived in Ottawa at the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway station at Sussex Street which was heavily decorated for the occasion.

October 11, 1885

In the state of Michigan, the Crawford and Manistee River Railway opened a line 10 miles in length in Kalkaska County, from Sec. 13 T25N R5 @ to Sec. 25 T26N R6W. The line was abandoned in 1904.

October 11, 1886

The first Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railroad passenger train reached Alpena, Michigan.

October 11, 1916

In the state of Michigan, permission was granted by the Michigan Central Railroad to the Iron River, Stambaugh & Chrystal Falls Street Railway to cross under grade of the MILW at Stambaugh.

October 11, 1951

The  Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway ordered their first set of RS-3's, #65-68.

October 11, 1953

In the Canadian province of Ontario, there was a derailment on the Castor Grade, near mile post 59 on Canadian Pacific's Maniwaki subdivision. The locomotive, a 4-6-2, #2221 of the Sunday evening Maniwaki to Ottawa passenger train #538 (one baggage car and two coaches, all of wooden construction) rolled over and several coaches derailed resulting in the deaths of engineer Richard (Dick) McNally and fireman Ken Learmont. There were no injuries among the passengers. There is an article about the accident in the publication "Branchline" from 1997.

October 11, 1962

Colorado & Southern 2-8-0 #641 made her final run in regular daily service on the standard guage railroad, from Leadville to Climax, Colorado.

October 11, 1987

The Soo Line sold 2002 miles of it's trackage to the Wisconsin Central.

October 11, 1987

The Wisconsin Central Ltd. began operations on 2000 miles of railroad, including Michigan's upper peninsula

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy