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






Big Rapids



Harbor Springs 




Howard City  












Mackinaw City   Mackinaw Crossings















Reed City (replica)







Vicksburg     Vicksburg Depot Website




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



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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