Timeline - 1933

  • Depression continues.

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

  • January 8: Arrangements are made with the Mineral Range Railroad (DSS&A) to operate jointly between Hancock and Calumet, with a joint agency in Calumet. This continues for a short time until May 15, 1934 when the roads resume using separate lines. [CRH]

  • April 2: The Pennsylvania and Wabash Railroads inaugurate new fast, through passenger trains from Chicago to Detroit via Ft, Wayne, IN. The trains are given a running time of 4 hours, 45 minutes. [MDOT]

  • July 1: The T&W ends passenger service to Pioneer, Ohio. [EMR4]

  • July 17: Grand Trunk moves car ferry operations from Grand Haven to Muskegon, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad. Until this time, a carferry had not called Muskegon home since the Pere Marquette left in 1906. [GTWHS-5/1997/MDOT] Note: MDOT shows date as September.

  • August 4: The DT&I removes their eastbound diamond at Carelton, leaving one track to cross the PM at that location. [MSAI]

  • September 1: Type AB air brakes are now required on all cars built. [SAM]

  • September 1: T&W ends passenger service to Adrian.  (Note:  The Blissfield newspaper suggests an earlier date). [EMR4]

    September 17: The Grand Trunk Western moves their Lake Michigan railroad car ferry terminal from Grand Haven to Muskegon. [MT]


  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Mears to Pentwater, 7.37 miles. [PMHS/COHS-8/1997]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Otter Lake to Otisville, 4.23 miles. [PMHS/COHS-8/1997]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Port Austin to Grindstone City. [PMHS]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Haynor to Stanton, 19.46 miles, and from Stanton to Stanton Jct.[I&L][PMHS/COHS-8/1997]

  • The former DT&M, between Marshall and Dundee is abandoned. [Adrian Daily Telegram, 6/26/1975]

  • The Michigan Central abandons 5.2 miles of the Michigan Air Line Branch, from Air Line Jct. westward to Niles. [GB]

  • The MC removes the line between Mount Forrest and Bentley, in Bay/Arenac Counties. [GM]

  • Pere Marquette ferry service between Port Huron and Sarnia ends. [AB]

  • The Copper Range Railroad water tank at Redridge Jct. is retired from operation.[CRH]

  • The coded track circuit is developed by the Union Switch & Signal Company. Similiar to the automatic block system, the circuit uses pulses instead of steady state current flow. [SAM]

  • Billboard reefers are outlawed as a violation of anti-trust laws. By 1938, they are virtually gone. [SAM]

  • Type "E" or "F" couplers are required on all new rail cars. [SAM]

 

 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