Timeline - 1932

  • Depression continues.

  • Railroads collectively operate at a financial deficit. [STOV]

  • Early: DSS&A builds new ore dock at Marquette. [SOO-Fall/1994]

  • May 21: Houghton County Street Railway Co. ceases operations. [SSJB]

  • June 11: Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee RR is abandoned between Dundee and a junction with the Battle Creek & Sturgis Ry. at Morgan Park (Emmet Township). [MDY33]

  • August 5: Pere Marquette RR suspends river ferry service in Port Huron (resumes in 1950's). [PMHS]

  • August 26: The I.C.C. approves the abandonment of the Detroit and Charlevoix Railroad. [MDOT]

  • September 17: The DT&I discontinues all passenger service in Michigan, leaving only passenger service between Springfield and Jackson, Ohio [EMR4]

  • September 23: Canada Southern Ry. abandons the St. Clair & Western Railroad between St. Clair and Ridgeway. [MRRC]

  • September 26: Four tank cars carrying 40,000 gallons of gasoline and a passeger car burned in Alpena after one of the tank cars derailed. The intense heat melted rails and burned ties for a half mile. Two train employees were slightly injured. No passengers were in the passenger car, which was attached to the freight train. [EDP/1932-0927]

  • October 5: The last car is operated on the Detroit to Toledo interurban line. [EMR4]

  • November 2: A bitter and contentious strike ends streetcar service in Kalamazoo. [MT]


  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line between White Cloud to Big Rapids. [PMHS]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line between Fostoria and Otter Lake. 5.15 miles. [PMHS/COHS-8/1997]

  • Manistee & North Eastern begins operations over portions of PM track, abandoning its own parallel tracks from Kaleva to Traverse City. [PMHS][PM45]

  • Pere Marquette abandons line from Grindstone City to Port Austin, 5.2 miles. [COHS-8/1997]

  • The Rochester MC/DUR crossing tower is closed.  Also known as Main Street, 3 MC and 3 DUR tracks crossed directly over the roadway of Main Street.  [CW]

  • Operation of the LS&MS Lansing Branch is transferred to the MCRR Michigan Division for operating purposes. Service between Lansing and Jonesville is provided by mixed trains #64 and #65. [MRC-5/1981]

  • Most PM main line wooden passenger coaches are replaced by all-steel equipment. [COHS-2/1998]

 


 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