Timeline - 1926

  • January 1: Detroit Department of Street Railways begins bus service. [DWS]

  • July 1: Wisconsin Land & Lumber Co. abandons 7.5 miles of Blaney and Southern Railway in Schoolcraft County. [MRRC]

  • September 27: "The Red Arrow", popular Detroit-New York passenger train names for Michigan's Red Arrow infrantry division of World War I, begins service on the PRR. [MDOT]


    November 3: A flood in the Barnes-Hecker Mine in Ishpeming kills 51 miners - the largest mine disaster in Michigan history.
  • MCRR line from Slocum Jct. (Trenton) to Stony Island (Grosse Isle) abandoned. [MRRC]

  • The DT&I RR begins use of a Ford-built 5,000 HP electric locomotive, the most powerful in the world at the time, between the Ford Route plant at Dearborn and Flat Rock. [MDOT] Also reported to be the world's longest locomotive. [NYT-1925-0810:23]

  • First diesel-electric locomotive is used in regular switching service. [STOV]

  • The Wabash RR obtains control of the Ann Arbor Railroad. [MDOT]

  • The Pere Marquette builds a two-chute, 250 ton coal dock at Baldwin. [PM45]

  • Pere Marquette builds a 500-ton coal dock at Ludington. [PM45]

  • The Pennsylvania Railroad equips its passenger trains with dictionaries for crossword puzzle addicts. [IT-4/1975]

  • The Uniroyal plant is opened on East Jefferson Avenue near Belle Isle. [BOM]

  • The Copper Range Railroad purchases a bus line from Painesdale to Lake Linden and names it the Copper Range Motor Bus Company. [CRH] 

 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