Grand Rapids & Indiana

The original line ran from Richmond In. to Mackinaw City, where they interchanged with the DSS&A (Soo Line) via the Chief Wawatam carferry.

The GR&I was eventually absorbed by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Noted for their vacation passenger service, the last of which ran in 1961.

Traffic was reduced by the Penn Central merger, as they now had access to Mackinaw City via the former NYC route.

This line was not included in the formation of Conrail, and was subsidized by the State of Michigan, with Michigan Northern operating the

portion from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City. Portions of the tracks have been removed, some of it is a State Park.

The remaining rails are operated by the Great Lakes Central (Tuscola & Saginaw Bay)

 

Existing GR&I Passenger Stations

              Alanson 

 

        

Big Rapids

 

  

Harbor Springs 

 

        

Howard City  

 

     

Indian River

 

   

Kalamazoo

 

  

Kalamazoo

 

     

Kalkaska

 

  

Mackinaw City   Mackinaw Crossings

 

     

Mancelona

 

        

Muskegon

 

     

Pellston 

 

        

Petoskey

 

     

Reed City (replica)

 

     

Rockford

 

         

Vicksburg     Vicksburg Depot Website

 

Bridges

   GRI  Bridge   Chilsdale(Rockford), MI   07/02/02   photo ŠTim Shanahan

   GR&I Bridge   Grand Rapids, MI   05/30/02   photo ŠTim Shanahan

 

Links

Grand Rapids & Indiana

Wikipedia: Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad

GR&I Railroad Culvert   Michigan Historical Marker information

Map showing the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad

Railroads of Montcalm County

Reed City Covered Bridge

Grand Rapids Photo Archive

GR & I Railroad Brought Travelers North in 1855   A Look at History: Golden Age of Railroading By Frank Straus

Penn Central Railroad online

Tracking Railroads: Since 1900, number of local lines reduced from five to two

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

Reed City Crossroads

 

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12/31/13