Timeline - 1968

  • February 1: Penn Central RR is formed by the merger of the New York Central System and the Pennsylvania RR. [MDOT]

  • July 18: The Manistique & Lake Superior RR is abandoned. [MDOT/AATHA-F/1990]

  • July 18: The Ann Arbor RR abandons its car ferry route between Frankfort and Manistique. [HH/MIHX8] 

  • August 21: The Calumet and Hecla Consolidated Copper Company closes operations in Calumet, following a strike which closed the mine permanently. [MSL]

  • The Penn Central abandons the remainder of its old Lansing Branch, from Albion to Springport, 10.5 miles in length. Only a small stub is left in Albion to service industry on the north side of town. [MRC-5/1981]

  • "ACI" labels (automatic car identification) are mandated by the AAR to be installed no later than 1970. [SAM]


 Timeline Key:

  • Railroad event in Michigan
  • Event relating to mining
  • Event related to car ferries
  • Event outside of Michigan
  • Improvement in Technology
  • Railroad built or extended
  • Railroad abandoned and/or removed
  • Economic panic or depression