Timeline - 1944

  • World War II continues.

  • December: U.S. takes control of U.S. railroads for two months (through January, 1944) as a result of labor trouble.  [STOV]

  • GTW Depot in Jackson is removed. [IT-2/80]

  • A grade separation is built on the Pere Marquette over the new Detroit Industrial Expressway (later I-94).  Construction expense is borne by the federal government. [PM45]

  • SNAPSHOT: The town of Marlette receives 109 carloads of coal which is used to heat area homes and businesses.  This delivery is typical for the times in most small Michigan communities. [PM45]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Weidman to Remus, 12.99. [PMHS]

  • Pere Marquette RR abandons line from Harrison to Clare, 16.58 miles. [PMHS]

  • Scotchlite lettering is first used by the Great Northern. [SAM]

  • Fairbanks-Morse enters the diesel locomotive business. [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