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 Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.

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  

 

   

Kalamazoo

 

  

Kalamazoo

 

     

Kalkaska

 

  

Mackinaw City   Mackinaw Crossings

 

     

Mancelona

 

        

Muskegon

 

     

Pellston 

 

        

Petoskey

 

     

Reed City (replica)

 

        

Rockford

 

        

 

Vicksburg     Vicksburg Depot Website

 

Bridges

  

Cedar Springs   Cedar Creek

 

  

Howard City   Tamarack Creek

 

  

Morley   Little Muskegon River

  

        

Morley   Northland Dr  

 

        

  

Rockford   Stegman Creek Culvert   rail trail   Michigan Historical Marker

 

     

Rockford    Rogue River Bridge   rail trail

 

  

Grand Rapids, MI   05/30/02   photo ŠTim Shanahan

 

Other Artifacts

  

Howard City

 

     

Ravenna, GR&I   Musketawa Trail

 

Links

Grand Rapids & Indiana

Wikipedia: Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad

GR&I Railroad Culvert   Michigan Historical Marker information

Railroads of Montcalm County

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

Penn Central Railroad online

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

Reed City Crossroads

 

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10/15/16