Interurban Railroads Menu

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With the development of electricity and motors, lightweight railroad lines were developed within and between population centers of Michigan and other states.  In cities, these lines were unknown as "trolleys" and many were horse drawn even before electricity was utilized.  In the countryside, these lines were known as "interurbans", or between urban areas.  Interurban trains were generally one car, or a car with a trailer or two.  They primarily transported passengers, but also took some freight and express.  Routes were also used for the delivery of milk from the farm to cities nearby. 

The advantage of interurban trains were their low cost and ability to run frequent passenger trains with numerous stops.  Though they gave fierce competition to intercity railroads, they became a victim of the automobile and the depression of the 1930's.

Join us as we take an in-depth look at interurban railroads in the State of Michigan.



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