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anyone modeling michigan shortlines?

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anyone modeling michigan shortlines?
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 26, 2003 9:35 AM
i would like to correspond with anyone that is interested in michigan shortlines past and present or that models them. i model a long dead manistee & northeastern railway branch line in central leelanau county in michigan as the leelanau county railway in HO scale.
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Posted by joseph2 on Friday, September 26, 2003 10:08 PM
Hi. I don't model Michigan,but I used to look at Michigan shortlines.My favorite was the Michigan Northen with its Baldwin diesels and the Mackinaw City car ferry.There used to be a lot of very interesting railroads in the state.Myself I model the Erie Lackawanna.
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Posted by GerFust on Monday, September 29, 2003 11:55 AM
I am looking at modeling the Lansing - St. Johns Electric Railway (later part of the Michigan Interurban). It won't be for several years (decades), though. It is a 15-20 mile line built in 1901 and discontinued in the mid-1930s. I am also interested in the Grand Trunk that ran through St. Johns (although not a short line) and whatever railroad ran north-south through Kingston, MI (in the thumb, south of Saginaw).
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Posted by ClinchValleySD40 on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 3:14 PM
I don't but a few of the guys in our round robin group do. I'll pass it along.

Larry
Holly, MI
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Posted by krump on Thursday, October 2, 2003 4:32 AM
I lived in Grand Rapids for a couple of years (prior to my model rr hobby), and I'd now like to put some Michigan flavour into my Model R/R... any info is appreciated: names of rail lines etc

ps - Lou, I hope that things get worked out with InternetHobbies... I think they have been trying to contact you

cheers,

cheers, krump

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Posted by joseph2 on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:51 PM
Mr Krump,what time era are you interested in? I think the Lake Superior & Ishpeming;Escanaba & Lake Superior are still around.The Grand Trunk Western,Ann Arbor,Wisconsin Central,Detroit & Makinac,Port Huron&Detroit,and Pere Marquette also served MIichigan in the past.I don't have any up to date state maps,only railroads I am sure of are CSX and CN.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 4, 2003 11:23 AM
gerfust, the line that ran north-south through kingston, michigan was the GTW's former pontiac, oxford & northern(aka the "polly anna") railway line that ran from caseville to pontiac. the line was torn out about 1985.
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Posted by krump on Saturday, October 4, 2003 12:44 PM
I had no idea that there were so many shortlines in Michigan. Thanks for the info.

cheers, krump

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:42 PM
I am currently modeling the Ann Arbor from Toledo to Ann Arbor in HO scale. My time period is 1976-1999. This allows me to have DT&I run through as well as NS. It will operate with track warrants. Now if they would just remake the modern AA diesel decals!
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Posted by conford on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:58 PM
This is a subject dear to my heart. Almost every railroad line in Michigan, except the MC (NYC) mainline and the GTW mainline, was a shortline (OK maybe just a branch line) in one way or another. Even the C&O Detroit - Chicago line was patched together (in 1900) from sections that were shortlish at times.

The Boyne City Gaylord and Alpena and the Ausable and Northwestern are my favorites, but then there was the Chicago Kalamazoo and Saginaw and the lamentable Michigan Northern.

If you are interested in Michigan lines, you should check out
www.michiganrailroads.com and the Mich RR History site, RRHX:
http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/RRHXHome.htm

Enjoy!
Peter
Modeling Grand Rapids Michigan, C&O, PRR and NYC operations circa 1958.

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