Detroit and Mackinac Railway

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  D&M Railroad History


The Detroit & Mackinac Railway was incorporated on December 17, 1894, formed as a reorganization of the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railroad.  The main line extended from Bay City to Alpena, along the shore of Lake Huron.  Branch lines from Emery Jct. (National City) to Prescott, and Emery Jct. to Rose City also were in existence upon start up.  Other branch lines were added and removed throughout the years of operation.

In April, 1895, the D&M purchased the Alpena & Northern Railroad, which ran from Alpena north to La Rocque (Hawks), and then southwest to Valentine Lake (just north of Altanta in Montmorency County).  Shortly after the purchase, the D&M pushed northwest from La Rocque through Onaway to Cheboygan.

In March, 1976, the D&M purchased segments of the Penn Central Railroad, from Bay City to Kawkawlin, and from Sallings (south of Gaylord) to Mackinaw City.  The portion of the line from Kawkawlin to Sallings was purchased by the State of Michigan and operated by the D&M.

The D&M was sold in 1995 and became the Lake State Railway Company.



High Iron Along the Huron Shore.  Thornton, W. Neil.  Tawas City, Michigan:  Printer's Devil Press, 1982.

Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies.  Meints, Graydon M.  East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press, 1992.


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