Boyne City Railroad

Started in 1893 as Boyne City & Southeastern, with 7.2 miles of track between Boyne City and Boyne Falls, where it connected to the GR&I.

The original purpose of the line was to connect the Grand Rapids & Indiana to Great Lakes shipping at the docks in Boyne City, on Lake Charlevoix.

The railroad expanded 92 miles to Alpena, became the Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena in 1905. Reverted back to the original 7.2 miles in 1935, and

became the Boyne City Railroad. It was always an independent railroad. They operated their own foundry, and actually built almost all of their 200 plus cars.

Only locomotives were acquired elsewhere. They eventually had 13 locomotives and 180 employees. Business declined, and the line was sold to Boyne Valley

in 1976, and operated passenger excursion service. Operation ended in 1978, the line was abandoned in 1982. At one time there was a Boyne City Railroad

Museum in the old engine house and car shops. I don't know what became of it, the buildings appear to be all gone. The only remaining buildings are the depot

and office building. The depot is now a nice restaurant, and they have available a booklet of the history and description of the Boyne City Railroad, which

appears to have been printed in 1971. (source of the above information)

 

   NE 24199 Standish, MI   7/25/10

   NE 24551   Standish, MI   7/25/10

Interior of the Boyne City Railroad General Offices   Interior of the Boyne City Railroad General Offices

Boyne City Railroad's Depot at Boyne Falls   Boyne City Railroad's Depot at Boyne Falls

Boyne City Railroad's Depot at Boyne City   Boyne City Railroad's Depot at Boyne City

Boyne City Railroad's "Flying Duchess"   Boyne City Railroad's "Flying Duchess"

   Boyne City Railroad's English steam Engine

  The Boyne City Railroad's "Lady Bug" pulling the open car train

   Two of the Boyne City Railroad trains in front of the Round House

   Boyne City Railroad's Engine House and Car Shops

   Lamp & Lantern Collection, Boyne City Railroad Museum

   Presidents Private Car, Boyne City Railroad Museum

   Antique Railroad Cars, Boyne City Railroad Museum

   Car & Locomotive Patterns, Boyne City Railroad Museum

   Boyne City Depot   8/01

      B1906 Russell snow plow, last used in 1959   5/25/03   Mid Continent Railway Museum

   BCRR pin

   Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena map

   Boyne City #11

   BCG&A #4

    Boyne City Freight and Passenger Depot

   Boyne City Railroad Yard

   Boyne City Railroad Yard

   Engine House and Car Shops

   Boyne Falls Depot

   Boyne Falls Depot

   Passengers Boarding

   Boyne City Water Tank

   chemical plant and wood yard

   Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Depot, Boyne City

   Surviving #18 on   Arcade & Attica Railroad

   auction advertisement, 5/76  

   ticket 

      Boyne Valley RR Schedule

   70 GE 44 ton    {Kam Miller Collection}   Fallen Flags Railroad Photos

 

Boyne City 70   RailPictures.net

 

Colorado Midland locomotives that were sold to Boyne City RR

BALDWIN BUILT 2-8-0s CLASS 136s

 

49 #15130 12/98   Sold January 22, 1920 via Birmingham Rail and Locomotive to: Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena RR. as their second number 5.

Equipped with snow flanger and one 9 1/2" air pump by end of C.M. operations. Scrapped circa 1933 to 1935.

 

51 #15132 12/96   Sold January 22, 1920 via Birmingham Rail and Locomotive to: Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena RR. as their number 6.

Equipped with a snow plow and had two 9 1/2" air pumps.  Dismantled 1933

 

52 #15133 12/96    Had two 9 1/2" air pumps. Sold January 22, 1920 via Birmingham Rail and Locomotive to: Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena RR. as their number 7.

Scrapped in Toledo 1933



1974 Roster

Road Number

HP

Builder

Builder's Model

Tractive Effort

Weight

Date

Notes

70

400

GE

44 ton

22,000

88,000

1950

 

 

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