Timeline - 1862

  • Civil war continues.

  • January 20: Flint & Pere Marquette opens line from East Saginaw to Mt. Morris. [MCR-75/MRRC]

  • February 11: The 13th Michigan infantry leaves Kalamazoo for the front lines in 21 coaches, 10 baggage and 8 freight cars. [MT]

  • November 4: The Amboy, Lansing and Traverse Bay Railroad reaches North Lansing from Owosso. This line was begun in 1858. [AAD]

  • December 8: Flint & Pere Marquette begins train service to Flint (from Mt. Morris). [MCR-75/MDOT/AAD]

  • Flint & Pere Marquette begins train service between Flint and East Saginaw. [MHM/R&LHS-Winter/2000]

  • Mail sorting on railroad cars is introduced. [STOV]

  • "Commodore" Vanderbilt begins investing in railroad properties, gaining controlling interest in several Michigan railroad lines over the next 20 years. [STOV]

  • The first Railway Post Office service operates on the Chicago & Northwestern. Prior to this, all mail was carried in locked pouches. [SAM] 

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