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Belt Line Railroads in Michigan

"Belt Line" railroads were usually constructed around the outside of a settled city or town for the purchase of reaching new industrial locations or perhaps as a bypass around the busy city-center. The idea in the name is that the railroad is a "belt" around the city.

Almost no belt line railroads actually constituted a complete "belt" around the town. Rather, they made up a component of a belt-like route.Some railroads were identified as a "Belt Line" in their formal name, but never consumated their plan.

We have included belt line railroads, partial belt lines and belt components, as well as railroads calling themselves a belt line in their name.

Bay City area:

Crystal Falls area:

x

Detroit area:

Flint area:

Grand Rapids area:

x

Iron Mountain-Norway area:

x

Iron River area:

x

Ironwood-Bessemer area:

x

Ishpeming-Negaunee area:

x

Jackson area:

Lansing area:

Menominee area:

x

Muskegon area:

x

Saginaw area:

x