Timeline - 1969

  • July 15: The Peninsula 400, the only remaining passenger train in the Upper Peninsula, began its last round trip from Ishpeming to Chicago, over the C&NW. [MSL] Note: The Soo Line will continue to carry caboose passengers out of Neenah WI to Sault Ste. Marie for a number of years. [MT]

  • September: A short branch line is built by the Copper Range to the wood fabricating plant of the Northern Hardwoods Division of the Copper Range Company. [CRH]


  • ALCO ceases to built diesel locomotives. The Montreal Locomotive Works buys the rights to manufacture ALCO designs in Canada. [SAM]

  • The ICC gives the Copper Range Railroad permission to abandon branch lines from Mill Mine to Freda, Redridge Jct. to Redridge and the Edgemere Spur to Edgemere. No trains have operated on these lines for at least a year. [CRAR]


 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