Timeline - 1937

  • Depression continues.

  • June: The "Chippewa," a new, completely air conditioned train, began service over The Milwaukee Road from Chicago to Iron Mountain. [MDOT]

  • July 1: Passenger service discontinued on the MCRR Kalamazoo to South Haven branch. [MHM/MT]

  • July 18: CK&S discontinues operation and removes track from Richland to Woodbury. [NYC-2/1989]

  • August 1: Type "H" tight-lock couplers are adopted as an alternative to type "E" on passenger cars.  All cars built after this date must have either type "E" or "F" couplers. [SAM]

  • October 5: The Michigan Railroad Club is formed.  It remains the state's oldest railfan organization. [MRC-12/87]


  • Chrysler builds its Dodge truck plant at the northeast corner of Eight Mile and Mound Roads on the Michigan Central railroad line in Warren. [BOM]

  • The balance of the E&LS Mashek Branch is removed (see 1935). [EDP-12/27/1950]

  • The Arcadia & Betsy River ceases operation and the tracks are removed. [HAM] 



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