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Road/Location Dates of Operation Routes Dispatched - Other Information

Existing:    

Ann Arbor Railroad: Hallet Tower, Ohio

Start: 1981

End: Continuing

  • Main Line - Toledo to Osmer (north of Ann Arbor)

Canadian National

Troy, MI

Start: Upon purchase of GTW.

End:  Continuing

  • TD-2 controls the Mt. Clemens, Holly and Shoreline subdivisions. 

  • TD-3 controls the Flint subdivision from Battle Creek to Port Huron.  (TD-3 also controls the entire Bessemer & Lake Erie.)

  • TD-4 controls the South Bend and Elsdon subdivisions, from Battle Creek to Chicago.

Canadian National

Stevens Point, WI

North Dispatcher

Start:  2001 Merger w/WC

End: Continuing

  • Manistique, Newberry, Lanse, Ore, Marinette, Iron Mountain and Pembine Subdivisions (former Wisconsin Central Routes)

  • White Pine Sub - daily, except from 0700 to 1500 Monday through Friday

Canadian National

Stevens Point, WI

Central Dispatcher

 

Start:  2001 Merger w/WC

End: Continuing

 

  • White Pine Sub - From 0700 to 1500 Monday through Friday

Conrail Shared Assets

New Jersey

Start: NS/CSX Purchase

End: Continuing

  • Michigan Line - Tunnel (CP) to Town Line

  • North Yard Branch - Bay City Jct. to Utica

  • Detroit Line - West Detroit to FN

  • Junction Yard Secondary - Junction Yard to YD

CSX

Jacksonville, Florida

Start:

End: Continuing

  • AW Desk: Grand Rapids Subdivision from Porter, Indiana to Grand Rapids;  Fremont Subdivision from Waverly to Fremont;  Ludington Subdivision from Fuller to Ludington;  Manistee Subdivision from Walhalla to Manistee;  Lansing Subdivision from Grand Rapids to East End Trowbridge.
  • AX Desk:  Dean Subdivision from Dean (Midland) to Saginaw;  Saginaw Subdivision from Saginaw to the SAS Carleton;  Detroit Subdivision from Detroit to Plymouth;  Plymouth Subdivision from Plymouth to WAS East End Trowbridge.
  • BX Desk:  Toledo Terminal Subdivision from SAS Carleton to Walbridge and Stanley;  Lincoln Secondary form Detroit to Carleton.

Escanaba & Lake Superior - Channing Depot

Start:  MILW purchase in 1980's

End: Continuing

  • All E&LS lines including MILW lines purchased in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Indiana & Ohio - Cincinatti, Ohio

Start:  When I&O purchased railroad from GTW

  • Entire line into Michigan from Ohio border.

Indiana Northeastern

Hillsdale, Michigan

Start:  INER ownership

End: Continuing

  • All INER lines.  Note:  They dispatch from the old Lansing Division Office at 50 Monroe Street, Hillsdale.

Lake State Railway

East Tawas, MI

Start: Unknown

End: Continuing

  • Entire line - North Bay City to Alpena
  • Branch line to Alabaster

Lake Superior & Ishpeming

Eagle Mills Control Center

Start: Unknown

End: Continuing

  • All LS&I trackage

Norfolk Southern

Dearborn, MI

Start: Purchase on Conrail

End: Continuing

  • Main line, from CP Town Line (Dearborn) to BO Tower, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Detroit line, from Trenton to OH state line near Alexis.
  • OH State line (near White Pigeon) to Grand Rapids.
  • Jackson to CP-MA in Lansing.
  • Toledo Terminal

Norfolk Southern

Fort Wayne, IN

Start: Merged from Norfolk & Western

End: Continuing

  • Main Line from Detroit (Oakwood Yard) to state line (near Montpelier)

Rail America

St. Albans, Vermont by American Rail Dispatch Center

 

Start:

End: Continuing

  • MidMichigan Railroad
  • Grand Rapids Eastern
  • Michigan Shore
  • Huron & Eastern
  • Saginaw Valley Railroad

Tuscola & Saginaw Bay:

Owosso Base

Start: Unknown

End: Continuing

  • Main and branch lines between Osmer and Frankfort (cut back to Yuma)


Former:    

Ann Arbor Railroad: Owosso, MI

Start: Unknown

End: 1981 when operations north to Osmer were moved to Hallett Tower, Toledo

  • Main Line - Toledo to Frankfort

Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad

Boyne City, MI

Start: Beginning of Railroad

Confirmed: 1920

End: Abandonment

  • Main Line - Boyne City to Alpena

  • Branch lines

Conrail (PC/NYC/MCRR):

Detroit Yard Dispatcher

Start: Unknown

Confirmed: 1940s-1960s

End: Transfer of operations to Conrail Dearborn.

  • Main Line - Town Line to Windsor

  • Mackinaw Branch - Bay City Jct. to North Yard

  • Toledo (Detroit Line) Branch - West Detroit to Alexis

  • Junction Yard Branch

  • Various industrial branches in the City of Detroit

Conrail (PC/NYC/MCRR):

Detroit Road Dispatcher

Start: Unknown

End: Transfer to Conrail Dearborn

  • Main Line - Alexis (Toledo) to YD (River Rouge)

  • Mackinaw Branch - North Yard to Mackinaw City

Conrail (PC/NYC/MCRR):

Jackson East Dispatcher

Start: Unknown

Confirmed: 1960's

End: Transfer of operations to Conrail Dearborn.

  • Main Line - Town Line to Jackson

Conrail (PC/NYC/MCRR):

Jackson West Dispatcher

Start: Unknown

Confirmed: 1960's

End: Transfer of operations to Conrail Dearborn.

  • Main Line - Jackson to Porter

Conrail (PC/NYC/MCRR):

Toledo West Dispatcher

Start: Unknown

End: Transfer of operations to NS

  • Old LSMS "Old Road" branch from Vulcan (Toledo) to "B" Elkhart

Detroit & Mackinac Ry.

Alpena, MI

Start: Unknown

End: Unknown

Source:  [DJB]

  • Main Line from North Bay City to Cheboygan via Alpena

  • All branch lines

Detroit & Mackinac Ry.

Alpena Jct.

(Ref: 1902 timetable)

Start: ~1890

Confirmed: 1902

End: Unknown

 

Source: Timetable

  • The Alpena & Northern Division (Alpena to Tower in 1902)

  • The Valentine Lake Branch

Both dispatched "by telephone" from Alpena Jct. (Note D&M dispatcher was in Tawas City)

Detroit & Mackinac Ry.

Tawas City

(Ref: 1902 timetable)

 

[GW] notes this as "East Tawas" in 1911.

Start:  ~late 1880's

End: Unknown, moved to Alpena

 

Source:  Timetable

  • Main Line - Bay City to Alpena Jct.

  • Rose City Branch

  • Prescott Branch

Above lines dispatched "by telegraph", except Rose City Branch which was dispatched "by telephone" per timetable.

Detroit & Toledo Shore Line:

Lang Yard, Toledo

Start: Unknown

End: Transfer of all operations to GTW

  • Main Line from Dearoad to Toledo

Source:  [MWD]

Detroit, Toledo & Ironton (DT&I):

Dearborn, MI

Start: Unknown

End: Transfer of all operations to GTW

  • Entire main line and branches

Source:  [MWD]

Grand Trunk Western

Battle Creek East Dispatcher (at Depot)

Start: Unknown

End: Late 1980's to Troy, became TD-3

  • Flint Subdivision (main line)

Source:  CW]

Grand Trunk Western

Battle Creek West Dispatcher (at Depot)

Start: Unknown

End: Late 1980's to Troy

Source:  [CW]

  • South Bend Subdivision (main line)

  • Kalamazoo Subdivision

Grand Trunk Western

Detroit Dispatcher

Durand, MI (Depot, top floor)

Start: Unknown

End: 1971 to Pontiac Yard

 

Source:  [CW]

  • Grand Rapids Subdivision

  • Saginaw Subdivision

  • Holly Subdivision (to Detroit)

  • Mount Clemens Subdivision, Cass City Subdivision

  • Romeo Subdivision, Greenville Subdivision

  • Jackson Subdivision, Muskegon Subdivision

Grand Trunk Western

Pontiac Yard

Start: 1971

End: Mid-1990's to Troy

  • Detroit Dispatcher in Durand moved here in 1971- see above

  • Battle Creek Dispatchers moved here in late 1980's - see above

Source:  [CW]

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern

Elkhart, IN

Start: Unknown

End: Unknown

  • Grand Rapids Division - White Pigeon to Grand Rapids

Source: [LS]

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern

White Pigeon, MI

Start: Unknown

End: September, 1905 moved to Elkhart, IN

  • Grand Rapids Division - White Pigeon to Grand Rapids

Source:  [LS]

New York Central

Hillsdale, MI

Start: Unknown

End: Unknown, early 1930's

  • NYC Lansing Branch - Fort Wayne to Lansing

  • NYC Goshen & Michigan Branch - Goshen to Battle Creek

  • NYC Fayette Branch - Grovesnor to Fayette

  • NYC Dundee Branch - Dundee to Moscow

  • NYC Ypsilanti Branch - Ypsilanti to Bankers

  • NYC Monroe Branch - Monroe to Lenawee Jct.

  • NYC Grand Rapids Branch - White Pigeon to Grand Rapids

Source:  [IT]

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Montpelier, OH

Start: Merger from Wabash Railroad

End: Unknown, transfer to Fort Wayne, IN

  • Detroit (Oakwood Yard) to state line (near Montpelier)

Source: [MWD]

Pennsylvania Railroad

Fort Wayne, IN

Start: Unknown

End: Sometime after PC merger

  • GR&I Branch from state line to Mackinaw City (taken over by PC Jackson West Dispatcher)

  • Penford Secondary line from Carleton to Lincoln Yard (taken over by PC Detroit Road Dispatcher)

Source:  [MWD]

Pennsylvania Railroad, Toledo, OH

Start:  1920's

End: Unknown.

  • Line from Bucrus, OH to Galena (Toledo)

  • Line from Carleton, MI to Lincoln Yard, MI

Source:  [1940 timetable]

Wabash Railroad

Montpelier, OH

Start: Unknown

End: Same location, became Norfolk Southern

  • Detroit (Oakwood Yard) to state line (near Montpelier)

Source: [MWD]