Railroad: Michigan Air Line Railroad Company, The


Built → Michigan Air Line RR → MCRR


Incorporated: 1868.

Acquired: Unknown - Niles & South Bend.

Line Opened: 1869 - Ridgeway to Romeo.

Leased: 1870 - to Michigan Central.

Line Opened: 1871 - Jackson to Niles.

Conveyed: 1875 - Line from Pontiac east to Michigan Air Line Railway.

Merged: 1916 - into Michigan Central railroad.

Reference: [MRRC]


September 29, 1870 - The Air Line Railroad. From the Jackson Citizen. Yesterday ten car loads of iron arrived for the Michigan Air Line Railroad, and track laying between Union City and Homer will be resumed immediately. One half of the track between Concord and Jackson has been "balasted," and is quite smooth. The company expects to earn the reputation of having one of the smoothest roads in Michigan, as well as one of the most direct routes through the State. The village of Concord, in this county, is quite lively now with railroad men. Everybody has boarders.

For a new road, mostly unballasted, it is very smooth near Homer. The fencing is in a fair state of progress, and telegraph poles are already being put up along the line. The passenger house at Homer is being pushed rapidly forward. The bridging and grading in Clarendon are now completed, and the iron from Homer to Tekonsha, to which place it is laid from the west, will be soon united. [DFP-1870-0929]