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:
- Bay City Belt Line Railroad (MC)
- Hecla Belt Line Railroad (MC)
- Huron & Western (PM)
Crystal Falls area:
- Milwaukee Road (looping south and east around town)
- Detroit Belt Line (MC)
- Detroit Terminal Railroad (MC, LSMS and GTW)
- Detroit, Monroe and Toledo Railroad (LSMS)
- Union Belt of Detroit (PRR, PM, Wabash)
- Flint Belt Line (PM)
- Grand Trunk Western (mainline reroute)
Grand Rapids area:
Iron Mountain-Norway area:
Iron River area:
- Jackson Belt Line (MC)
- Lansing Manufacturers Railroad Co. (MC)
- Lansing Transit Railway Co, (MC)
- Saginaw Belt Line (PM) - west and south of West Saginaw