Timeline - 2000

  • February 23: Conrail's Milwaukee Jct. interlocking tower in Detroit is closed. [MT]

  • April 1: The Soo Line depot at Ashland, Wisconsin burns. The fire started in a restaurant in the station. The station is being rebuilt. [DB]

  • April: The U. S. District Court in Detroit struck down the state statute that regulated time limits for blocking of automobile grade crossings. [MRC-7/2001]

  • Summer: New signals are installed at the former Conrail Rouge Bridge and CP-YD.  These are NYC style tri-color lights which replace searchlight signals.  A new desk-type board is being installed in the Bridge Tower to replace the armstrong levers that are in the tower. [MRC-1/2001]

  • October 12: The LS&I and Wisconsin Central apply to discontinue CTC operations west of Eagle Mills on their joint trackage. Approval was received the following year and signals were deactivated and turned away leaving their masts in place for many years. [LSI2]
  • November: Lake States Railway abandons lines north of Alpena Junction. [DJB]

  • December 19: The Michigan Dept. of Transportation sold the Lenawee County railroad system to the Adrian & Blissfield Railroad Co. for $1.7 million. [MRC-1/2001]


     The Short Cut Bridge over the Rouge River in southwest Detroit was opened a record 2,790 times this year.  An average of 45 trains run across the bridge daily, most of them carrying 3-7 cars of molten steel in "hot bottle" cars.  [MRC-10/01]


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