Timeline - 1892

  • Spring: The WC (1st) lays over a mile of new track in their Tilden-Colby mine complex in the Geogebic Range. [SOO-W/1996]

  • June 29: First Manistee & Northeastern Railroad train into Traverse City. [MDOT]

  • July 1: Manistee and Northeastern opens line from Nesson City to Traverse City. [MRRC]

  • August 22: Jefferson streetcar line is electrified, followed by Woodward Avenue on December 15th and Mack Avenue in early 1893. [DWS]

  • September 26: The Chicago & West Michigan opens the Ironton Branch, from just south of Chrlevoix to Ironton, a distance of 4.08 miles. [GM]

  • September: The American Car & Foundry Co. is merged into the Michigan-Peninsular Car Company. [HWC]

  • Fall: J. D. Hawks, Chief Engineer for the Michigan Central Railroad, is appointed General Manager of the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad. [HI]

  • December 20: Manistee & Grand Rapids opens line from Manistee to Peacock. [MRRC]

  • Milwaukee Road opens a branch line from Channing to Sidnaw, meeting with the Ontonagon & Brule River Railway which connected to Ontonagon at Lake Superior. [MSL]

  • Jackson and Northern Railroad Co. builds and operates 3' line from Jackson to Village of Portage in Blackman Twp (north of MAL crossing). Abandoned sometime after 1921. [MRRC/MA]

  • November 24: Carferry "Ann Arbor No. 1" began service from Elberta to Kewaunee, WI, the first carferry service on Lake Michigan and the first railroad ferry service in the world across open water. [MDOT]

    Late: The Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad completes its new line from Oak (near the current Southfield Expressway) to Delray and the Fort Street Union depot. [PM45]


  • Rudolph Diesel patents his internal combustion (diesel) engine. [DWS]

  • Columbiaville's depot is replaced with a new (current) structure. [MHM]

  • Michigan Central builds depot at Vasser. Depot continues to exist into 2001. [IT-12/1974]

  • Alpena & Hubbard Lake abandons 3' gauge route from Alpena to Hubbard Lake. [MRRC]

  • Grass Lake and Manistee River Railroad abandons operation of 8 mile long line near Manistee River. [MRRC]

  • Much of the trackage of the Cadillac and Northeastern Ry. was abandoned in the face of competition from the GR&I, which built a branch line from Missaukee Jct. (four miles north of Cadillac) to Jennings, Lake City, and on towards Houghton Lake, with a branch to Falmouth. [MRC-7/87]

  • Michigan Central depot in Niles is built. [MHM]

  • The first Pere Marquette freight house in Detroit (south of the depot) is completed.  It receives additions in 1901 and 1910. [PM45]

  • The Chicago & West Michigan builds a two-stall roundhouse at Waverly Yard in Holland. [PM45]

  • The Chicago & West Michigan completes their passenger station in Petosky. [BOM]

  • There was a large derailment of 64 railroad cars in front of the Ishpeming railroad station. [EHMT]

  • Escanaba Electric Street Railway opens line in Escanaba. [MRRC]

  • The Wisconsin Central (1st) adds additional yard tracks at Ironwood, to handle increasing output from the Aurora mine. The Bessemer Yard is also enlarged to seven tracks to handle shipments out of the Palms and Colby mines. [SOO-W/1996]

  • Michigan Central (Grayling, Twin lakes and Northeastern Railroad) opens line 30 miles from Grayling to Twin Lakes (Lewiston). [MRRC]

  • Manistee, Filer City & East Lake Railway opens electric line in Manistee and adjacent townships. [MRRC]

  • The Chicago & West Michigan opens their line from Traverse City to Bay View. [PM45] 


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