Timeline - 1990

  • January: The takeover of the Soo Line by the Canadian Pacific is virtually complete, with CP now owning 96% of Soo Line stock. [MRC-3/90]

  • February: CSX Grand Rapids Dispatcher and Saginaw West Dispatchers are transferred to Jacksonville, FL [MRF-5/90]

  • April 16-17: The CSX Potter Street Station burns.  [COHS-6/1991]

  • July 4: The Coopersville & Marne makes its first revenue passenger run between its namesake cities. [MRC-9/1990]

  • Summer: The Norfolk & Western replaces jointed rail with welded rail between Adrian and the Boat Yard in downtown Detroit. [MRC-9/1990]

  • September 29: Detroit & Mackinac makes it's last move between Gaylord and Cheboygan. [MRC-12/1990]

  • September: Strike by mine workers at the Tilden and Empire mine close ore operations in the UP. [MRC-12/1990]

  • Fall:  Proctor & Gamble announces that it will close its paper mill in Cheboygan, eliminating the Detroit & Mackinac's only significant customer in their northern terminal. Without the mill, there is little reason for the D&M to run north of Gaylord. [MRC-3/90]

  • November 30: CN ceases operation in their riverfront yard in Windsor, Ontario. [MRC-2/1991]

  • December 12: Michigan Shore Railroad purchases trackage in Muskegon from the Central Michigan Railroad. [MRRC]

  • Christmas: The Durand Depot is officially designated by the state as the Michigan State Railroad History Museum and Information Center. [MRC-3/1991]


  • Conrail closes West Detroit interlocking tower. [JH]

  • Soo Line removes former DSS&A track East of Bergland to Sidnaw. [SOO-S/1994]


 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