Timeline - 1919

  • December 8: All passenger train service in Michigan is temporarily halted due to the effects of a month-long national coal miner's strike. 250,000 Michigan workers are also laid off. [MT]

    Late: Huge fire at Wagon Works Junction, Toledo is one of Ohio's worst.   [IT-4/80]

  • Lincoln engine plant at Warren and Livernois now produces cars.  [DWS]

  • Pere Marquette installs new automatic block signals between Fowlerville and Grand Ledge (40 miles of single track,, 54 signals), Waverly and Grandville (19 miles of single track, 26 signals), and Grandville and Wyoming (3 miles of double track, 7 signals). The signals are of the Union "S" and "T" variety and utliize polorized line overlap. [RA/1-1920]

  • Pere Marquette builds a new 500 ton capacity coal dock at Wyoming Yard in Grand Rapids. [PM45]

  • Fisher Body builds plant number 21. This six story building is located on the south side of Piquette avenue between Hastings and Saint Antoine, near Milwaukee Jct.. [BOM]

  • The state department of labor says that 2,423 people are employed at the Detroit plants of the American Car & Foundry Company, a builder of railroad freight cars. [HWC]

  • D&M closes line to Tawas Beach Park. [HI]

  • Pere Marquette RR constructs new yard at New Buffalo. [PMHS]

  • Pere Marquette RR constructs new yard and roundhouse facilities at Plymouth. [PMHS]


 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