Review of the
Physical Condition of Kalamazoo, Lake Shore & Chicago Railway in 1909
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PHYSICAL CONDITION OF STEAM RAILROADS
Kalamazoo, Lake Shore & Chicago Railway
property was inspected October 14  and extends from Kalamazoo to
South Haven. The line from Kalamazoo to Lawton is laid with 70 and 80
pound steel. Tie renewals have been heavy although there is still a
necessity for improvement along this line. The crossings and crossing
signs are in fair condition. No station of importance between
Kalamazoo and Lawton. Right-of-way fences are satisfactory. From
Lawton to South Haven, 38 miles the rail in track is 65 pound steel,
in fair condition. Sand Ballast. Track is well tied and surface and
alignment fair. Right-of-way fences in fair condition. Stations not
very well kept. Traffic very heavy during fruit season.
Passenger service seems to be all that is required. It was very
apparent that the locomotives on t1lis line are not properly taken
care of and there appears to be an urgent necessity for new equipment.
Frogs and switches generally blocked. Targets not of uniform pattern.
The written train order system in use and trains are moved under the
standard code. Aside from the necessity of tie renewals and
improvements in the locomotive department the road is in fair
condition for the traffic presented excepting as above stated.
[From the 1909 Annual Report
of the Michigan Railroad Commission, State Library of Michigan.]
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