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Like many other states which had lumbering operations, Michigan had many narrow gauge railroads.  Most of these narrow gauge routes were temporary - with the track laid for only a year or two until the forest was clear cut.  Others were main branch lines of timber routes, which collected timber from these temporary lines and brought them to the mill or to a river to be floated to the mill.  A few other narrow gauge roads were built that way on purpose, and not particularly for logging.  

Join us as we take an in-depth look at narrow gauge railroads in the State of Michigan.

Railroad Gauge Notes and other information.
Alger, Smith and Company 3' 6"
AuSable and Northwestern
Atlantic & Lake Superior RR 4' 1"
Flint & Pere Marquette RR 3'
Hancock & Calumet RR 3' Later changed to standard gauge.
Hecla & Torch Lake RR 4' 1" Used camelback locomotives.
Huckleberry Railroad 3' Former PM Otisville to Fostoria, MI branch.
Jackson & Northern Ry. 2' Operated in Blackman Township, north of Jackson.  Crossed MC at MAL Crossing.
Lac LaBelle & Calumet RR 3'  
Milwaukee, Benton Harbor & Columbus RR 3' Former St. Joseph Valley Railroad
Mineral Range Railroad 3' Later changed to standard gauge.
Paw Paw Railroad 3' Became Toledo & South Haven RR
Port Huron & Northwestern 3'
Port Huron & South Western Ry. 3'
Quincy & Torch Lake RR 3' Ended operation in 1945, remained intact until 1967 [MRL]
Saginaw and Mt. Pleasant RR 3'
Saginaw, Tuscola & Huron RR 3'
St. Joseph Valley RR 3'
Toledo & South Haven RR 3' Former Paw Paw Railroad

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