Time Line - 1968

Last Year | Next Year

  • January 15: The Detroit & Toledo Shore Line moved its dispatching from Dearoad to its Lang Yard Office. By the end of the year, CTC was completed over the road and operators were discontinued at Lang and Monroe. This also began the removal of double track which took several years. [EFI]

  • 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]


 Time line 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