Cadillac & Lake City Railway

Michigan Line Incorporated Mar. 5, 1963.   Lake City to Sandstown, Mi., 4.5 miles. (Missaukee Jct to Lake City and Falmouth) Service was discontinued Feb. 2, 1976, and line was abandoned Aug. 16,1984

 

     

     

June 1966

 

   built as Saginaw Timber Co., then Polson Logging Co., then Rayonier 2, then Grand Traverse Northern 2 (3/62) GTN leased this unit to C&LC     

  

August 1966

 

June 1970

 

     

undated

 

Number 2   Lake City, MI
C&LC 11   currently located at The Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee Railroad
Number 2 and Private Car 84 on a mid-October color tour Number 2 and Private Car 84 on a mid-October color tour
Fireman's view as train nears North Cadillac Fireman's view as train nears North Cadillac
Approaching highway 131 crossing at North Cadillac
Interchanging freight at Missaukee Junction with PRR
Engineer "oils around" the machinery of Number 2 Engineer "oils around" the machinery of Number 2
Engineer Johnson checks no. 2 on a below zero morning
Freight Transfer from PRR at Missaukee Junction
A winter freight run at Sayer Siding
CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY's locomotive #2, an oil burning 2-8-2 built in 1912 shown at Sayer Siding in North Cadillac with a mixed freight and passenger train from Lake City, Michigan. The C&LC Ry. maintains year around freight service between Cadillac, Lake City and Falmouth with trains each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During the summer there is a daily Passenger Service except Sunday CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RY's locomotive #2, an oil burning 2-8-2 built in 1912 shown at Sayer Siding in North Cadillac with a mixed freight and passenger train from Lake City, Michigan. The C&LC Ry. maintains year around freight service between Cadillac, Lake City and Falmouth with trains each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During the summer there is a daily Passenger Service except Sunday    Leon Foster postcard
CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY  Full size steam trains of the C&LC carry passengers through Michigan's forests and along beautiful lakes on scheduled runs between Cadillac and Lake City, Michigan CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY  Full size steam trains of the C&LC carry passengers through Michigan's forests and along beautiful lakes on  scheduled runs between Cadillac and Lake City, Michigan   John Penrod postcard
THE GOOD OLD DAYS - The old-time steam locomotive and railroad cars of another era recall the thrill of railroading. The Cadillac & Lake City Railway Company offers trips through Michigan's forests and along beautiful lakes on runs between Cadillac and Lake City, Michigan THE GOOD OLD DAYS - The old-time steam locomotive and railroad cars of another era recall the thrill of railroading. The Cadillac & Lake City Railway Company offers trips through Michigan's forests and along beautiful lakes on runs between Cadillac and Lake City, Michigan   John Penrod postcard
CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY TRAIN train No. 71 and crew at North Cadillac, Michigan Station, 3 miles north of Cadillac on U.S. 131.  Left to right: Engineer Carlton Johnson, fireman Edward Seeley, and conductor Earl Abbett   Leon Foster postcard
CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RY's locomotive #2, an oil burning 2-8-2 built in 1912, shown just east of North Cadillac, Michigan on a special run with the private car "Emerald Lakes" A rare taste of the elegant living of the past   Leon Foster postcard
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE Cadillac & Lake City Ry. passenger train about to leave Lake City for North Cadillac, Michigan. Locomotive #2 is an oil burning, 2-8-2  type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1912. Both coaches are of all steel construction, built in 1924 by the Osgood Bradley Car Co. for commuter service on the Boston & Albany RR. A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE Cadillac & Lake City Railway. passenger train about to leave Lake City for North Cadillac, Michigan. Locomotive #2 is an oil burning, 2-8-2 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1912. Both coaches are of all steel construction, built in 1924 by the Osgood Bradley Car Co. for commuter service on the Boston & Albany RR.   Leon Foster postcard
CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY    This full size old time Steam Train carries passengers on schedule between Lake City & Cadillac, Michigan CADILLAC & LAKE CITY RAILWAY This full size old time Steam Train carries passengers on schedule between Lake City & Cadillac, Michigan   LL Cook Co postcard
"OLD NUMBER TWO" - of the Cadillac and Lake City Railway wends its way for 22 smoky miles, serving North Cadillac, Lake City, and Falmouth MI   color by Geo. C. Happy, Traverse City, Michigan
CADILLAC& LAKE CITY RAILWAY TRAIN No. 73 emerging from the deep woodlands of northern Michigan. Doing the honors on the smokey end is No. 11, the smallest ofthree steam locomotives operated by the C&LC Railway. She was built by the American Locomotive Co. in 1924
CLEARING THE TRACK Cadillac &Lake City Ry. Snow Plow #SP 70 at the wye just south of Lake City, Michigan. Plow was built in the early 1880's for the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton RR by the Russell Car & Snow Plow Co. of Ridgeway, Pa. The C&LC maintains year around freight service to Missaukee County
'Old Number Eleven" - of the Cadillac and Lake City Railway wends its way for 22 smokey miles, serving North cadillac, Lake City, and Falmouth, Michigan

 

 

 

Saginaw Timber #2, North Freedom, WI    Saginaw Timber #2, North Freedom, WI   Saginaw Timber #2, North Freedom, WI     

Saginaw Timber #2, North Freedom, WI  

former C&LC #2   North Freedom, WI

 

Whitewater Valley Lima-Hamilton #25   Whitewater Valley Lima-Hamilton #25  

Cadillac & Lake City  #25   at  Whitewater Valley Railroad

 

  

B71   ex Armco Westinghouse blt

 

     

     

  

 MX7   Sanford Centennial Museum   Whitcomb WHC      Michigan Maple Block

 

    

ex C&LC, exx PH&D 52?    Wheels of History, Brimley, MI   photo link

 

        

        

former Chicago and Western Indiana RR Stillwell coach used on CLC  

 

        

  

 8/16/06   Rockford, MI   İAaron Tanzabel

Reading Books to Close

 

   Ride the Steam Train!

 

   Cadillac & Lake City Route Map

MX7 Whitcomb WHC ~ former Michigan Maple Block, is at Sanford Centennial Museum   photo link
2 Baldwin 2-8-2 ~ blt 1912, wt 141,000 lbs, te 21,000 lbs
built as Saginaw Timber Co., then Polson Logging Co., then Rayonier 2,
then Grand Traverse Northern 2 (3/62) GTN leased this unit to C&LC.
Was at Mid Continent Railraw Museum in WI, is now in Oregon
photo link   photo link
11 Alco-Cooke 0-4-0T ~ blt 1924, wt 64,000 lbs, te 10,000 lbs
built as
Kelly Island Lime & Transport 11, then Mr Carlton Johnson's 11. Jonhson leased it to CLC. Located in South Dakota at Prairie Village  
~    photo link   photo link   photo link
18 Baldwin 2-6-2 ~ blt 1920, wt 110,000 lbs
Built as Florida & Alabama 18, then Mr. F. Steck's 18. Steck leased it to C&LC.
25 Lima Hamilton 750hp ~ blt 1951, wt 216,000 lbs, te27,000 lbs
built as Cincinnati Union Terminal 25, then C&LC 25.
Is operable at Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville, IN
B-71 Baldwin-Westinghouse 400hp ~ blt 1930, wt 156,000 lbs, te 34,000lbs
built as Armco Steel B-71, then Michigan Railway Historical Society 71. The Society leased it to C&LC. Was at Jackson St Railroad Museum in Minnesota, moved to IRM  in 2016 ~   
photo link
127 CLW 4-6-2 ~ blt 1948
built as CP 1278. Built by Canadian Loco. Works, Kingston, Ontario, in 1948.
Was leased to Cadillac & Lake City in 1970 for one year by Steamtown USA in Vermont.
Returned to Steamtown in September of 1971, and Re# back to 1278 in 1974.
Suffered boiler explosion on Gettysburg RR in PA 1995, currently at Ohio Central RR Morgan Run, OH
Info link   1971 photo links  photo link

 

 

 

Rolling Stock

46 Chicago & Western Indiana Stillwell Coach, located in Rockford, MI
Painted Green, Yellow, & Red Photo Link
45 Chicago & Western Indiana Stillwell Coach painted Green
44 Chicago & Western Indiana Stillwell Coach painted Green
  Steel Coach, blt 1924, Osgood & Bradley for Boston & Albany RR
  Steel Coach, blt 1924, Osgood & Bradley for Boston & Albany RR
  Blue Coach
84 Emerald Lakes Photo Link
200 ex CGW   photo link
?? ex CGW   photo link
?? Diner Car   photo link
SP70 Snow Plow   photo link
Red no# Caboose ex PH&D 52?? Photo Link

 

 

 

Newspaper Clippings

1963-08-07 Lansing State Journal   New Steam Rail Line Planned

1964-04-08 Battle Creek Enquirer   Old Steam Locomotives New Tourist Attraction

1964-04-08 Petoskey News Review   New Railroad to Open at Cadillac

1964-04-09   The Escanaba Daily Press   Steam Locomotives are Fascinating Relics Now

1964-04-19   The Indianapolis Star   Steam Railroads Come To Michigan

1964-05-23   The News Palladium   Steam Trains To Puff Again

1964-06-14   Lansing State Journal   Rail Buffs Realize Dream

1964-06-18   Lansing State Journal   Rail Fete Lures 'Hoboes'

1964-06-18   Traverse City Record Eagle   New Railroad at Cadillac

1964-06-21   Dayton Daily News   Horseback Gang Holds Up Train

1964-06-22   Petoskey News Review   Holdup, Kidnaping Highlight the Start of Steam RR at Cadillac

1964-06-23  The Chicago Tribune   Steam Makes Comeback

1964-06-28   Lansing State Journal   It's a Heck of a Way to Run a Railroad...

1964-06-30   The Holland Evening Sentinel   Kidnaped By Bandit

1964-06-30   The Holland Evening Sentinel   In The Coach

1964-06-30   The Holland Evening Sentinel   Boarding The Train

1965-05-21   Lansing State Journal   Governor Will Drive Gold Spike

1966-06-09   The Windsor Star   '7470' faces new life

1968-05-12   Lansing State Journal   No. 2 Spruced Up for Movie Role pt.1

1968-05-12   Lansing State Journal   No. 2 Spruced Up for Movie Role pt.2

1968-08-10   Lansing State Journal   From Nowhere to Nowhere by Rail

1968-09-18   Lansing State Journal   Locomotive Buff

1970-09-06   Lansing State Journal   Riding A Train Just For Fun

1970-09-06   Lansing State Journal   Railroad Very Informal

1971-09-30   Lansing State Journal   Boxcars Strangle Rail Line

1971-09-30   Lansing State Journal   Boxcars Entangling Rail Line

1971-10-08   The Times Herald   Railroad Steam Engine Towed Through Port Huron

1972-07-19   Lansing State Journal   Cadillac & Lake City Railway Shut Down

1972-07-21   Lansing State Journal   Tourists Miss Train's Chug-Chug

1972-09-24   The South Bend Tribune   Michigan's Bootstrap Railroad

 

 

Links

Abandoned Rails: The Missaukee Branch

Armco B-71 at Minnesota Transportation Museum  also see B-73

A short movie of 127 & 25 taken in 1969 or 1970 provided by Brian Norman

Baldwin 2-8-2 #2 at Mid Continent Railway Museum

Cadillac & Lake City Central Vermont Caboose

Cadillac & Lake City History from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cadillac & Lake City Pictures   Railfan.com

Cadillac & Lake City Ry information and photos by Don's Depot

Canadian Pacific 1278   Leased to the Cadillac & Lake City Railway 1970-1971

Mobile River Sawmill Company #18

The Marion Press: 23 Smokey Miles

USGS TopographicMaps      Cadillac North     Jennings      Lake City    Dinca       Falmouth  

 

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07/28/21