Timeline - 1963

  • March 30: The Detroit & Mackinac Ry. receives authorization from the Michigan Railroad Commission to close the Rogers City station agency. [MA]

  • April: LS&I sells unused Big Bay branch line (23.74 miles) to the Marquette & Huron Mountain Railroad Company. [MRC-10/1987]

  • May: A 104.5 foot section of railroad bridge over the Waiska River at Brimley is moved by barge, skid and flatcars from the former railroad right-of-way and will be taken to Lake Bronson, Minnesota to be incorporated into a new bridge there. The bridge over the Waiska was built about 1914 and originally had nine spans totaling 436 feet in length. The project is part of the dismantling of the DSS&A track as a result of its merger with the Soo Line. Picking up of the rails between Brimley and the Sault is scheduled to start June 3, 1963 and will be taken up at a rate of about one mile a day. [SEN-5/17/1963]

  • August 31: Detroit, Toledo & Ironton RR assumes management of the Ann Arbor Railroad. [MDOT]

  • September 3: The NYC Timberliner makes its last run between Detroit and Mackinaw City. [MRC-4/1983]

  • September 7: The last sleeping car leaves Traverse City, bound for Chicago. [MT]

  • September: NYC Dearborn Passenger Station is torn down. [DPG]

  • November 25:  All rail and transit services in the United States are halted for one minute to commemorate the National Day of Mourning for assassinated President John F. Kennedy.  [MT]


  • New York Central discontinues "Beeliner" service between Detroit and Bay City.  [MDOT]  Note:  [CW] indicates that passenger service on the NYC Bay City branch ended March 19, 1964.

  • Cadillac & Lake City purchases Missaukee Jct. to Lake City/Falmouth line from Penndel Co. [MRRC]

  • The Copper Range Railroad moves stamp sand from the old Atlantic Mill site to the Copper Range Company‚Äôs concentrating plant at Freda for reclamation purposes. [CRH]

  • High-cube box cars are used on the L&N Railroad. [SAM]

  • Fairbanks-Morse discontinues building diesel locomotives. [SAM]

  • The maximum height for Plate "C" cars is adopted at 15' 6". [SAM]

  • Empire Mine at Palmer, MI reopens as an open pit mine. It is idled in the 2010's. [IOHT]

 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