Timeline - 1885

  • Winter: The winter of 1884-85 was severe, with snow as deep as five feet in northwest Indiana.  Temperatures in January remained below zero most of the month. [LS]

  • April: Allegan and Lake Shore Railroad builds a 3-foot gauge railroad from Allegan west five miles.  Abandoned in 1889. [MRRC]

  • April: The Lake Shore announced it would replace all old covered bridges between Ligonier and Goshen, Indiana on the Airline, with stone bridges. [LS]

  • June 5: State law now requires railroads to place automatic couplers on all cars. [MDOT/MT]

  • July: A passenger coach was built for the Cadillac and Northeastern Railroad and passengers were now more comfortably carried between Cadillac to Lake City. [MRC-7/87]

  • October 11: Crawford and Manistee River Railway opens line 10 miles in length in Kalkaska County, from Sec. 13 T25N R5@ to Sec. 25 T26N R6W. Abandoned in 1904. [MRRC]

  • December 1: Hancock and Calumet Railroad Co. builds 3' line from Hancock to Calumet. Made standard gauge in 1900. [MRRC]

  • December 8: William Henry Vanderbilt falls to the floor in his office and dies. [MRRC]


 

  • The Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan (later the Ann Arbor Railroad) reaches Durand [MHM]

  • Cadillac & Northeastern extends 3' logging railroad 4 miles from Lake Missaukee to Lake City. [MRRC]

  • A wooden bridge is built which allows the original Mineral Range Railroad to reach Houghton from Hancock.[CRH]

  • Frank Hecker and Charles Freer found the Peninsular Car Co. in Detroit to manufacture railcars. [DWS]

  • Canadian Pacific Railway is completed. [DWS]

  • The GTW builds a small, brick depot in Fenton. It continues to exist as of 1999. [MRP-I]

  • Michigan Central opens new depot in West Branch. Depot continues to exist in 2001. [IT-12/1974]

  • The state legislature forbids railroads from blocking road crossings for more than five minutes. [AAD]

  • Grand Trunk builds depot at Charlotte. Depot continues to exist as of 2001. [IT-12/1974]

  • The Peninsular Car Works builds their facilities at Milwaukee Junction in Detroit. [HWC]

  • Roundtrip train fair from Ishpeming to New Orleans and back is $40 via the C&NW. [EHMT]

  • It is announced that the Marquette and Western Railroad was sold to the MH&O Railroad.  Stockholders were shocked and claimed a sellout by the M&W.  This sale meant a lot of changing of the tracks. [EHMT]

  • 90% of all United States' copper, and more than 40% of U.S. iron ore is being produced from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

  • The Janney Automatic Coupler is adopted by the Master Car Builders. [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