Charlotte Southern Railroad Company

The Charlotte Southern Railroad was incorporated in 1999 and is a subsidiary of the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Company. The Charlotte Southern operates on a short branch line which runs from Charlotte southeast about three miles. The railroad operates a regular Dinner Train on this line. The line doesn't appear to have any indistrial shippers as of 2016, but this hasn't been confirmed.. This is the former Grand River Valley railroad built in the 1860's which became part of the Michigan Central railroad. It later became the New York Central, Penn Central and part of Conrail.

The Charlotte Southern railroad is affiliated with several other shortlines in southern Michigan, including the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road, Detroit Connecting railroad, the Jackson & Lansing railroad, and the Lapeer Industrial railroad - all lines which were former New York Central routes.


Conrail → Charlotte Southern rail road → currently operating

Built: Around 1868.

In operation for 23 years and continuing.

History: Leased to Michigan Central in 1870. Leased to New York Central in 1930. Merged into Penn Central in 1969. Conveyed to Conrail in 1976. Purchased by Charlotte Southern in 1999.

Reference: [MRRC][BBG]


Notes


Time Line

1999. The railroad was incorporated as a subsidiar of the Adrian & Blissfield rail road. It purchases a short branch of the former Conrail Grand Rapids branch, serving an elevator and operating a dinner train.

Charlotte Southern Railroad Company

The Charlotte Southern Railroad was incorporated in 1999 and is a subsidiary of the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Company. The Charlotte Southern operates on a short branch line which runs from Charlotte southeast about three miles. The railroad operates a regular Dinner Train on this line. The line doesn't appear to have any indistrial shippers as of 2016, but this hasn't been confirmed.. This is the former Grand River Valley railroad built in the 1860's which became part of the Michigan Central railroad. It later became the New York Central, Penn Central and part of Conrail.

The Charlotte Southern railroad is affiliated with several other shortlines in southern Michigan, including the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road, Detroit Connecting railroad, the Jackson & Lansing railroad, and the Lapeer Industrial railroad - all lines which were former New York Central routes.


Conrail → Charlotte Southern rail road → currently operating

Built: Around 1868.

In operation for 23 years and continuing.

History: Leased to Michigan Central in 1870. Leased to New York Central in 1930. Merged into Penn Central in 1969. Conveyed to Conrail in 1976. Purchased by Charlotte Southern in 1999.

Reference: [MRRC][BBG]


Notes


Time Line

1999. The railroad was incorporated as a subsidiar of the Adrian & Blissfield rail road. It purchases a short branch of the former Conrail Grand Rapids branch, serving an elevator and operating a dinner train.

Bibliography

The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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