Timeline - 1934

  • Depression continues.

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

  • February 1: CK&S discontinues passenger service. [NYC-2/1989/AAD]

  • March 26: The Soo Line and C&NW agree to pool Gogebic Range ore operations.  This step was taken to cut costs. The split was 69% for the C&NW and 31% for the Soo Line. All Soo Line trackage from the Hoyt, WI yard to Bessemer was made a part of the pool, and all operations were under the direction of the superintendent of the C&NW. [SOO-Su/1996]

  • May 15: The joint operating agreement with the Mineral Range Railroad between Houghton and Calumet was discontinued. [CRH]

  • May 31: Last interurban in Michigan to run in regularly scheduled service departs from Niles for a trip to South Bend- Northern Indiana Railways.  [IT-12/80]

  • May: The Budd Company builds the Zephyr for the Burlington Railroad. It is displayed at the Chicago World's Fair. One of the first stainless streamliner trains pulled by diesel power. [STOV]

  • November: The Boniface-Gorman Lumber Co. of Lake Linden commences operations at Gay which is served by the Copper range Railroad. [CRH]
     


  • Diesel locomotives are first used in passenger service. [STOV]

  • Pere Marquette abandons line from Stanton to Haynor (north of Ionia). [IT-2/1974] Note: Differs from COHS-8/1997 which shows line abandoned in 1933.

  • The Detroit & Huron Railroad, between Cass City and Bad Axe is taken over by the Grand Trunk Western. [MRC-7/87]

  • Fewer than 20 passenger trains chuff their way daily across the Upper Peninsula. [IT-5/80]

  • The Michigan Central discontinues mixed train service on the Lansing Branch, between Jonesville and Lansing. [MRC-5/1981]

  • The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is formed.  The AAR includes several entities, but principally the American Railroad Association, the Association of Railway Executives, the Bureau of Railway Economics, and the Railway Accounting Officers Associaiton. [SAM]

  • Most of C&NW's line from Hurley to Pence (west of Michigan border) was abandoned after consolidation of Gogebic Range operations with Soo Line. [SOO-Su/1996]


 

 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