Interlocking: Haires, MI

NYC train at Haires MI NYC train wreck at Haires MIHaires, in Jackson County, was a junction point of two railroads about five miles southwest of downtown Jackson. It was also known as Fort Wayne Junction in early times but this was also a named location in Hillsdale County on the same line.

Haires was a junction of New York Central lines west of Jackson (the former Michigan Air Line to Three Rivers and Niles, and the former Fort Wayne & Jackson line to Jonesville and Fort Wayne).  These two branch lines were independently built parallel between Haires and Jackson, formed a make-shift double track line between the two towns.  Though both lines would quickly come under the control of Vanderbilt interests, the Air Line was operated by the rather independent Michigan Central, while the Fort Wayne line was under Lake Shore (and later NYC) interests.

During early times, Haires was a staffed block station.  Later, centralized traffic control was installed on the "Air Line".  Both branch lines have now been removed.

In 1900, this may have been called Lake Shore Jct and had an interlocking tower.

Photo Info/Credit: Top, Penn Central 1779 (F unit) and 2195 (GP-30) lead westbound train DC-1 near Haires in 1975. Note the open bi-level auto rack cards in this consist. [Doug Leffler]. 2nd photo, a wreck on the NYC at Haires around 1957. [Cecil Homereding photo, Doug Leffler collection]

1920 - On the Michigan Central Air Line, this is a telegraph station only. The telegraph call sign is "R". [MCOAS]