Ann Arbor Railroad 

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The Ann Arbor Railroad once traversed the lower peninsula from Toledo to Frankfort, near Traverse City.  After almost 100 years of operation, the road is now limited to about 1/4 of its original length, from Toledo to Osmer, just north of Ann Arbor.  At Osmer, the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railroad takes over and goes as just north of Cadillac in Wexford County.

The present day Ann Arbor Railroad services business on its lines, particularly the Jeep plant in Toledo and the Saline Visteon Plastics Plant.  The road also provides bridge traffic for the NS between Milan and Toledo.

 

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Ann Arbor Railroad Operations:

The train from Toledo to Saline is called around 10:00 a.m. in Toledo.  It builds its train and then proceeds north.  It usually has work at the Dundee Cement Plant.  At Milan, they drop off cars for the Norfolk Southern.  If the train is scheduled to perform switching work at the Saline Visteon Plant (on the Saline Branch) around 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.  They leave there train at Saline or Pittsfield Jct. (where the Saline Branch crosses) and deadhead back to Toledo.  The night crew dead heads to Saline (or Pittsfield), switches the Saline Visteon Plant around midnight, then proceeds north to Osmer (about 5 miles north of downtown Ann Arbor) where they interchange cars with the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay (TSBY).  They then head back to Toledo for the night.

AA also allows trackage rights for "bridge traffic" for both the CN (between Diann and Toledo) and the Norfolk Southern (between Milan and Toledo).  NS traffic has recently been reduced because they are using their own Detroit to Toledo main lines which were obtained in the Conrail purchase.  The NS also operates a local in the Milan vicinity, which services the Visteon Milan Plastics plant.  That local can be seen switching in the AA yard at Milan at different times of the day, including early evening.