Timeline - 1846

  • February 2: Central line reaches Kalamazoo from Battle Creek. [MCR-75/MDOT/AAD]

  • March 28: The state authorizes the sale of the Central line, and it is paid $2,000,000 for it.  The Michigan Central Railroad if formed by Bostonian John Murray Forbes and others. [RWC/AAD]

  • May 9:  State authorizes sale of  Southern line for $500,000 ($650,000 less than cost) and the Michigan Southern Railroad is formed. [AAD]

  • The building of new railroads comes to a virtual halt until 1856 when the Railroad Incorporation Act was passed and signed into law. [AAD] 

Timeline Key:

  • Railroad event in Michigan
  • Event relating to mining
  • Event related to car ferries
  • Event outside of Michigan
  • Improvement in Technology
  • Railroad built or extended
  • Railroad abandoned and/or removed
  • Economic panic or depression