Michigan Northern Railway Company

Incorporated Mar. 18, 1976 to operate former GR&I (Penn Central) rails for the State of Michigan.

 

"MIGN ran on the old GR&I mainline from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City where they served the Chief Wawatam car ferry until it's demise.

Just north of Cadillac, at Walton Junction, they also ran the GR&I branch to Traverse City and also served the ex C&O (PM) line from Traverse

City to Grawn and Traverse City to Williamsburg. At Petoskey, they returned to C&O rails and serviced Charlevoix. I'm not quite sure what role

they played on the former Ann Arbor mainline but I think from Cadillac to Alma (east) and from Cadillac to Yuma (west) where there is a large

silica sand plant now serviced by the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay. I loved the MIGN when it ran and was very saddened to hear Michigan broke

their contract with them (to this day I still don't know why). Agreement was cancelled Oct. 1, 1984"

(above info provided by USPatriot43)

 

Michigan Northern Railway History

This short history of the Michigan Northern Railway was put together around 1998 by Fred Paepke from an article in TRAINS magazine,

and some local news paper articles from the period.  used with permission

 

 

Baldwin RS12

         

 212  ex SCL 212, exx SAL 1471

 

        

        

213  ex SCL 213, exx SAL 1472

 

        

         

215 ex SCL 215, exx SAL 1474

 

 

Baldwin RF16 "Sharks"

        

  

1205  ex D&H 1205 exx MGA 1205, exxx NYC 1205

 

     

1216  ex D&H 1216, exx MGA 1216, exxx NYC 1216

 

 

AlcoRS2

        

          

            

1501  ex GBW 304

 

 

Alco RS3

           

  

1553 ex LIRR 1554

 

           

1554 ex C&NW 1554, exx C&NW 303, exxx Litchfield & Madison 303

 

      

1601 ex SOU 151, exx CofG 151

 

1617  ec C&NW 1617

 

           

2037 ex SOU 2037

 

EMD GP7

        

     

1601 ex N&IM 1601, exx SCRZ 6500, exxx CC 6500, exxxx UP 106, exxxxx UP 706

 

            

1602 ex N&IM 1602, exx CC 6501, exxx UP 109, exxxx UP 709

 

        

1603 ex Dakota southern 153, exx ACR 153

 

           

1604  ex    SBD 2347, exx  L&N 1721; 458; 2347, exxx NC&StL 721

 

      

1605  ex ACR 160

 

        

  

1606 ex ACR 164

 

     

1607  ex TP&W 102

 

            

1608 ex TP&W 103

 

      

PNC 1505 leased unit ex FEC 607

 

      

PNC 539 leased unit ex SLSF 539

 

  

CNW 4552  leased unit; ex CRI&P 4550, exx CRI&P 1304

 

 

EMD GP9

  

C&O 5800 leased unit

 

  

C&O 6151  leased unit

 

 

Alco S4

           

  

AT&SF 1519  leased unit;  to Indiana Hi Rail 119

 

 

EMD E8B

            Wisconsin Southern RR rebuild line  

 671 Steam Generator Car  ex AMTK 467, exx UP 697B

 

 

Rolling Stock

       

Boxcars 100002, 757 & 760   

 

 

Timetables

     

June 11th, 1983

 

    

July 1-11, 1983

 

     

July 16, 1985

 

Michigan Northern Roster

 

 

Links

Michigan Northern Photos at Railfan Junction

Michigan Northern Photos at Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online

Michigan Northern Alcos

The Baldwin Diesel Zone - Michigan Northern

Michigan Northern Photos at Fallen Flags Railroad Photos

 

Reference

Diesel Era J/A 92 Baldwin’s Light Road Switcher - the RS12 Warren Calloway

Extra 2200 Issues:64,72,75,77,80,82,84,85,93,113

Trains August 1978 "Sharks survive -once again" James W. Thomas

Trains October 1978 "Michigan Metamorphosis" Ron Cady

 

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