Story - Humorous Nicknames for Railroads

Compiled by Le Roy Barnett

HUMOROUS NICKNAMES FOR MICHIGAN RAILROADS (Sobriquets, pseudonyms, aliases)

  • Amboy, Lansing & Traverse Bay (AL&TB)

    • Awfully Long & Terribly Bumpy

  • Cadillac & Lake City (C&LC)

    • Catastrophe & Lost Cause

  • Chicago & North Western (C&NW)

    • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

  • Chicago, Kalamazoo & Saginaw (CK&S)

    • Cuss, Kick & Swear

  • Detroit & Mackinac (D&M)

    • Defeated & Maltreated

  • Detroit, Toledo & Ironton (DT&I)

    • Darn Tired & Irksome

    • Down Trodden & Infirm

    • Henry Ford's Railroad

  • Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic (DSS&A)

    • Damn Small Salary & Abuse

    • Damn Slow Service & Abuse

    • Dead Slow Service & Agony

    • Delayed, Short-Steamed & Antiquated

    • Damn Slow and Sure Awful

    • Damn Slow, Shabby Affair

  • Empire & Southeastern (E&SE)

    • Empire Slow & Easy

    • Empire & Something Else

  • Escanaba & Lake Superior (E&LS)

    • Easy, Lazy & Slow

  • Grand Rapids & Indiana (GR&I)

    • Go Ragged & Independent

  • Lake Shore & Michigan Southern (LS&MS)

    • Long Stops & Muddy Stations

    • Long Suffering & Much Sorrow

    • Large Stations & Miserable Salaries

    • Less Sleep & More Speed

  • Lake Superior & Ishpeming (LS&I)

    • Lazy, Slow & Independent

  • Pere Marquette (PM)

    • Poor Management

  • Pontiac, Oxford & Northern (PO&N)

    • Poor, Old & Neglected

    • Pants, Overalls & Necktie

  • Port Huron & Detroit (PH&D)

    • Poor, Hungry & Destitute

    • Intellectual Line (PhD)

  • Toledo & Western (T&W)

    • Teeter & Wobble

    • Tired & Weary