Timeline - 2002

  • January: Central Michigan removes the rail between Hoyt and Merideth St. in Saginaw.

  • January 7: Amtrak train 351 becomes the first in regular service to hit 90 mph between Kalamazoo and Porter Indiana using the new GPS-based Incremental Train Control System. [MT]

  • January: The former MCRR depot at Johannesburg, in Otsego County, was razed.  The depot had been used as a restaurant for many years (the line, from Sallings, was pulled out in the 1930's.

  • July 15: The Lake State Railroad bridge over the Thunder Bay river in Alpena is replaced.  The new bridge includes 115 pound rail.

  • September: Former Ann Arbor Railroad trackage from Yuma to Thompsonville is removed to make room for a trail.  The line has not been used in years.

  • Fall: CSX abandons its branch from Holland to Hamilton.

  • November: The bridge which carried the NYC Air Line cut off track over M-86 near Three Rivers is removed.

No general entries.

 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