Railroad Passes

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Railroad passes were issued by railroad officials to railroad managers of other roads which allowed them free railroad travel on the road's passenger trains.  The idea was to give each other a "professional courtesy".  Passes were also issued to family members of those officials.  But the concept sometimes got out of hand:  Small roads, with perhaps a single mixed train, would issue passes to officials of large roads with the expectation that a pass for the big road would be issued in return.  This caused large railroads to provide a great deal of free transportation, with little in exchange.  Regardless, the practice was quite common and thousands of passes were issued by most roads over the years.   We have selected passes for roads that operated in or near Michigan.  Select your road name:


If you have digital photographs of passes from Michigan railroads and you would like to share them with others, please consider sharing them.



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