Timeline - 1953

Last Year | Next Year

  • June 16: The last steam engine, a Hudson type 4-6-4, number 5434, is run on the former Michigan Central portion of the New York Central. [MT]

  • September: The New York Central abandons its line from Monroe to Ida. [MRC-5/1973]

  • December 8: The Chesapeake & Ohio  restarts car ferry service between Port Huron and Sarnia. It had been stopped by the Pere Marquette in 1933. [AB]

  • December 29: Electric train operations through the Detroit River railroad tunnel ends, replaced by diesel locomotives. [MDOT]

  • Detroit, Caro and Sandusky Railway abandons the remainder of its line from Caro to Roseburg (:former Detroit, Bay City & Western). Other portions had been abandoned on several other years. [MRRC]

  • A half-dozen U.S. railroads offer TOFC "piggy-back" service. [STOV]

  • The Copper Range Railroad experiences a heavy movement of forest products on the Gay branch, and increaed shipments of copper rock from Painesdale to the Freda mill on the Freda Branch. [CRAR]

  • KC brakes are banned from interchange. [SAM]

  • The DSS&A branch to White Pine is completed and opened. [RO]


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