Timeline - 1982

  • January 8: Badger makes its last run from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. [IT-1/82]

  • January 19: GTW Coach Shop #1 at Port Huron burns. [IT-2/82]

  • January: Conrail puts in wye and signaling system between its Main Line (LSMS) and Stanley Yard permitting trains to enter Stanley yard directly from the east and to move out of Stanley to the main line going east. [IT-2/82]

  • January: Conrail opens new line between the former LS&MS main line and Stanley Yard. This line permits trains to enter Stanley Yard from the east. [IT-1/82]

  • January: Cass River Bridge on the GTW Saginaw Subdivision burns. It is repaired. 1/1982 [IT-2/82]

  • February 20: Chessie abandons all track north of MP 113.68 (just north of Manistee), including trackage from Manistee to Traverse City, the remaining two miles of the Suttons Bay Subdivision and the Petoskey Subdivision from Traverse City to Charlevoix. Michigan Northern will serve the Grawn-Traverse City-Williamsburg branch, as well as the Charlevoix (via Petosky) to Bay View line. [IT-2/82/NK]

  • February: Chessie System discontinues car ferry service between Ludington and Manitowoc, WI. [MDOT]

  • April 26: Ann Arbor RR ceases all car ferry service. [MDOT]

  • March: The GTW line between Wixom and South Lyon is abandoned, and track removed. [MTB]

  • May: The Toledo Terminal Railroad upper bridge over the Maumee River in Ohio is used for the last time. A train derailment on the single track bridge damages the structure. [GLF]

  • July 1: DT&I merges with the Grand Trunk Western. (delayed) [IT-12/81]


  • N&W Bridge over the Rouge River is rebuilt by Midwest Steel. [IT-12/81]

  • GTW reaches agreement with the UTU to eliminate cabooses in the Grand Trunk between 1982 and 1985. [MRC-8/89]

  • The Groveland Mine, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, closes.

  • Conrail in the black with a small profit. [STOV]

  • The Battle Creek Intermodal Passenger facility is built along the GTW/Conrail line between Liverty, Hamblin and McCamly. [BOM]

  • Railroads begin removing classification lights from locomotives. [SAM]

  • Boyne Valley Railroad is abandoned between Boyne Falls and Boyne City.  Ceased operations in 1978. [MRRC]

  • Wyandotte Terminal Railroad abandons operations in Wyandotte. [MRRC]

  • Conrail abandon's most of what remained of the Michigan Air Line Branch, between OD Tower near Jackson and Three Rivers.  A short portion in Three Rivers was maintained for local switching until the early 1990's.  Today, only a short section of the Air Line remains, west of the old diamond in Three Rivers. [GB]


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