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Logo of the Michigan Central, submitted by Bill Heilig.

 

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Jackson Shops

 

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  • 1875 [MCR-75]:  The Michigan Central general offices were in Detroit.  Of the nine directors, 1 was in Detroit (James F. Joy, President) and the remainder were from out of state (7 from New York and 1 from Boston).  The road was 270 miles in length, of which 221 were main line in Michigan (6 miles in Illinois and 43 miles in Indiana).  72 miles of the road were double-tracked.  The company claimed no branch lines at this point.  They had 96.37 miles of sidings in Michigan.  Almost all track was laid with steel rail (vs. iron) with a per yard weight of 60 lbs.  The road had 4 wooden bridges, 2 stone bridges, 3 iron bridges and 54 wooden trestles.  The route crossed six other railroads at grade (LS&MS at Grand Trunk Jct. [West Detroit] and Kalamazoo; the F&PM at Wayne, the Ft. Wayne, Jackson & Saginaw at Jackson, the Northern Central Michigan (LS&MS) at Albion, the C&LH at Battle Creek and the GR&I at Kalamazoo).  The road crossed 258 highways at grade, of which 8 had gates or flagmen.  18 highway crossings went over the railroad on bridges, with 7 going under.  The road had 64 stations, of which 52 were in Michigan.  There were 4,800 employees, most in Michigan.  The entire line was fenced.  The road operated five other railroads under lease or contract:

    • Michigan Air Line - 114 miles

    • Joliet & Northern Indiana - 45 miles

    • Grand River valley - 84 miles

    • Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw - 236 miles

    • Kalamazoo & South Haven - 39 miles

    Total length of these roads were 788 miles, of which 688 were in Michigan.  The Michigan Central had 108 locomotives of 30 ton or greater weight, 92 which were between 20 and 30 tons, and 11 locomotives weighing less than 10 tons.  The company owned107 passenger cars, 40 baggage and express cars, 2,924 box cars and 1,541 other freight cars.  61 of their locomotives were equipped with Westinghouse Air Brakes, and 82 of their passenger cars were so equipped.  97 passenger cars were equipped with a Miller platform and buffer.

    The railroad carried 862,416 passengers in 1875 as well as 1,726,166 tons of freight.  The average number of cars in a passenger train, including baggage cars was 6.  The average number of cars in a freight train was 28, and the average train weight was 442 tons.  The company used the Pullman Car Company for sleeping and/or dining cars until November 1, 1875, and then switched to the Wagner Car Company.

    14 people were killed on the railroad during 1875 and 14 suffered significant injury.  Interesting deaths included:

    • falling off the locomotive tender

    • scalding by a bursting flue

    • fingers smashed coupling cars

    • fell from engine

    • many people lost limbs due to jumping on/off trains

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