Railroad: Manistee Railway Co. (E)


Manistee Light & Traction → Manistee Railway Co. Ceased Operation


Acquired: 1912 - Manistee Light & Traction

Merged: 1921 - Operations Ended

Reference: [MRRC]


Fourteen miles were laid in 1892 connecting Eastlake with Filer City via Manistee, with a branch from Peanut Junction to Orchard Beach on Lake Michigan. The lines has seventeen  passing sidings.

The company supplied its own power and the carhouse was well-equipped wit blacksmith, carpenter, machine and paint shops and a transfer table for shifting cars between shop and barn sections.


July 4 1917. The railway suffered one of the most spectacular street car-train wrecks when three of its cars were hit by a Manistee & Northeastern (steam) railroad train. There were two deaths and a few serious injuries.

In 1921, the railway applied for abandonment which was granted over the objections of the city.