Location: Asylum Branch Switch, MI
A branch line left the DSS&A main line to the state asylum southeast of Newberry. This branch as an interesting history. The first logging railroad that carried cordwood to the charcoal kilns at the blast furnace went southeast across the southwestern end of what is now the Newberry Airport (2004) to cordwood camps. The standard gauge Asylum branch was built on the same right-of-way and then curved west to the coal operated power plant at the Asylum. The branch now swings southeast rather than southwest and serves the Louisiana-Pacific mill as well as several smaller mills ending in the Newberry Industrial Park where two terminal spurs recently have been built.