Timeline - 1978

  • February: LS&I finishes new repair shops at Eagle Mills. Shops move to this location from Presque Isle. (The Presque Isle site is used for a coal unloading facility. [MRC-10/1987]

  • March 31: The interlocking plant located in the GTW depot at Charlotte, is removed. Until this time, it protected the Penn Central/Conrail crossing at that location. The plant was installed in 1923. [MSAI]

  • April 17: The Michigan Northern takes delivery on two ex-Delaware & Hudson Baldwin RF-16 "Sharks" (rare diesel locomotives). These Baldwin locomotives which began service on the New York Central are the last two RF-16's in existence. [MT]

  • May: N&W assumes operation of the DT&I's Adrian-Tecumseh branch. [IT-2/80]

  • May: DT&I track between Lear and the Ohio state line is abandoned. [IT-2/80]

  • August: The Menominee (iron) Range closes its last underground mine. [MSL]

  • September: All locomotives must have footboards removed, as required by the Federal Railroad Administration. [SAM]

  • October: Grand Trunk Western's Muskegon-Milwaukee car ferry service is abandoned. The state acquires the car ferry "City of Milwaukee" for remaining Ann Arbor RR routes. [MDOT]

  • October: The last iron mine closes in Stambaugh, MI.  C&NW traffic west of Iron Mountain (through Stambaugh to Watersmeet is now described as "light". [R&R-3/1980]


  • Boyne Valley Railroad ends operations between Boyne Falls and Boyne City. Abandoned in 1982. [MRRC]

  • The Milwaukee Road and Chicago & Northwestern agree on a joint venture to ease congested grade crossings in downtown Iron Mountain and remove the C&NW line through town.  Both roads now use the Milwaukee Road line through the City. [R&R-3/1980]

  • Jumbo tank cars are now required to have shelf type couplers. [SAM]

  • The AAR drops ACI labels on rail cars, deeming them as not practical. [SAM]

  • The CK&S/Penn Central diamond at Kalamazoo is removed.  It was located 100' east of Walbridge Street. [GM]


 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