Timeline - 1936

  • Depression continues.

  • May 10: The NYC (Big Four) Ohio Division ends scheduled passenger service between Jackson and Van Wert, Ohio. Until 1927, there were three passenger trains each way per day, except Sunday. [NYC-Q3-2015]

  • July 15: Michigan's first streamlined train, "The Mercury," begins Detroit-Toledo-Cleveland run over the New York Central lines. [MDOT]

  • LSMS Jackson to Manchester line removed. [IT-4/80]

  • The DSS&A removes it's short branch line between Fiborn Jct. and Quarry. [SSP]

  • The DSS&A and Soo Line make full use of the Trout Lake connection for passenger service.  The South Shore line from Soo Jct. to the Sault is relegated to mixed train branch line service.[MRC-3/90]

  • Passenger service is ended on the Pere Marquette between Saginaw and Port Huron, as well as the Almont Branch. [AB]

  • The first dragging equipment indicators are installed at Midway Tower on the New York Central. [SAM]

  • The first oscillating headlight is developed by the Mars Signal Light Company and the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. [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