Timeline - 1952

  • January 4: C&O car ferry "Spartan" launched.  Along with sister-ship "Badger", these are the largest, best-equipped and last coal-fired passenger-carrying steamships built in the U.S. [MDOT]

  • September 17: DSS&A RS-1's 100 and 101 fall into a deep washout near Munising Jct. Traffic is detoured by using the LS&I and the M&LS to Shingleton. During the detour period, poor dispatching results in a fatal wreck at Onota (on October 3rd). Engine 203, running light, collides with a motor car in a rock cut, killing one section crew member. [RO]

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    October 30: A shaft explosion at an exploratory gold mine at Herron in Alpena County kills five. The operation is owned by the Herron Alpena Enterprises.
  • The DSS&A begins construction of their White Pine branch. [RO]

  • DSS&A tracks are relocated in Negaunee to reach the J&L Tracy Mine. [RO]

  • Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train service is discontinued between Grand Rapids and Cadillac. [MDOT]

  • The DSS&A constructs a new diesel house at the roundhouse in Marquette.  The DSS&A has only 2 steam locomotives operating. The others remain stored. [RO]

  • A steel strike lasts for 63 days. President Truman considers nationalizing the steel industry. [RO]

  • The LS&I/C&NW completes tracks from Duncan to the Humboldt and Republic Mines. [MRC-10/1987]


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