Timeline - 1938

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

  • April: Grand Trunk Western receives two diesel-electric switching locomotives, the first in their system. [MDOT]

  • July 1: The Copper Range leaves bankruptcy and resumes local control. [CRH]

  • September 1: Scheduled service discontinued on LSMS Fayette Branch between Old Road and Fayette via Weston. [IT-4/80]

  • November: New York Central "Mercury" service is expanded to the Detroit-Chicago route via Jackson.[MDOT] Note: At variance from 1939 report.


  • Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn consists of two dozen manufacturing buildings, and over 24 miles of railroads. [DWS]

  • The W&M gives up trackage rights on the Milwaukee Road, between Bagley Jct., MI and Marinette/Menominee. [MW]

  • The W&M abandons its line from Bagley Jct. WI to Faithorn, MI. [MW]

  • The Milwaukee Road abandons its former W&M line between Faithorn to Aragon Jct. [MW]

  • Abandonment of the GR&I branch from Veneer Jct. to Merritt, 10 miles, is noted. [RRM-1938-09:144]

  • The DSS&A removes the remaining portion of its branch line from Keweenaw Bay to Alston. [SSP]

  • The last regularly scheduled passenger train passes through Tecumseh on the NYC Jackson Branch. [Tecumseh Visitors Guide]

  • The DC-3 airliner is proven very successful, but airline passenger traffic is only 2% of all commercial passenger traffic. [STOV]

  • The Blue Water Bridge is opened between Port Huron and Sarnia for vehicle traffic. [BOM]

 


 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