Timeline - 1995

  • February 1: Wisconsin Central takes over control and operations of the Algoma Central Railroad in Ontario. [MRC-4/1995]

  • February 12: Operations cease on the former WC line from Mellon, WI to Bessemer, MI. 

  • April 2: Amtrak discontinues daily passenger service between Toledo and Detroit. [MRC- 6/1995]

  • April 5: CN opens new $200 million, 6130-foot tunnel between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario. Old tunnel is closed.

  • April: NS upgrades the old Union Belt "PX" Yard, which is located between Harbough Avenue and West End Avenue in Detroit. The yard, which formerly served the GM Fleetwood plant, will serve a new NS container facility. It is called West End Yard. [MRC-2/1995]

  • Spring: CSX ceases operating railfan excursions. [MRC-6/1995]

  • May: The Kalamazoo, Lake Shore and Chicago ceases operation on their line from Hartford to Paw Paw. [MRC-9/1996]

  • Summer: The LS&I completes a rehabilitation of their Republic Branch in preparation for hauling aggregate remains from the local pelletizing proces to the ore dock. [SSDiv-10/1994]

  • October: The West Michigan Railroad, a Pioneer Rail Corporation unit, begins operation on the former KLS&C between Hartford and Paw Paw. [MRC-9/1996]


  • Chicago & Northwestern is merged into the Union Pacific Railroad (UP).  UP now serves the Marquette iron range in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. [STOV]

  • The last semaphore signal on the ex-C&O Michigan lines is removed from the home signal at Porter, Indiana where the CSX Grand Rapids Sub joins the Conrail Chicago-Elkhart line. (Editors Note: As of 2001, a fixed, but lighted semaphore continues to exist on the approach to the Manistee River bridge in Manistee on the CSX.)[MRC-4/1995]

  • There are 3,829 miles of railroad in Michigan. [STOV]

  • All rail cars must be equipped with journal roller bearings.  Plain bearings are no longer allowed. [SAM]


 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