Timetable: MCRR - Main Line Detroit Division - Detroit to Town Line

The original main line of the state-owned Central railroad began at the original station on Woodward downtown. By about 1850, the recently formed Michigan Central built the second depot at Third Street and abandoned their short line to the Woodward Station. The Third Street station, which was located near the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation boat docks (and later the Fort Street Union Station) served from about 1850 until 1913 when the larger Michigan Central station opened. This main line was MC's original line west to Chicago.

Station MP from Detroit 3rd St. Notes
Detroit (Third Street) 0.0  DN RH
Slip Dock (Detroit River)    Dock 
15th Street Tower    DN I Tunnel
Detroit (MC Depot)    DN DS
20th Street Tower    DN I 
Coach Yard     
Bay City Junction    DN I J
West Detroit Tower xWab xLS 1.5  DN I J 
Livernois Yard    C W S F RHx2 T CS Yard
Central Avenue    Yard 
Junction Yard    Yard 
Tower "J"     
CP Lou    I J 
Miller Road    DN J
Advanced Departure Yard    Yard 
Town Line  5.99  DN J

Notes: Third Street was ont the river front. This was the second MC depot in Detroit. The Slip Dock was the railroad car ferry dock to/from Windsor, Ontario. 15th Street (east) and 20th Street (west) were the entrances to the Michigan Central depot, the 3rd MC passenger station in downtown Detroit. These were "leverman" towers. The large MC depot was opened in 1908, slightly before the planned opening, when the Third Street station unexpecedly burned in 1908. The Coach Yard was just west of MC Station near 20th Street tower. Bay City Junction, also a leverman tower, was the junction to Bay City and Macinaw. West Detroit was known by other names in its history, including Grand Junction. At one time, it was a leverman tower with a train director. In the late 1960's and early 1970's as Penn Central was consolidating towers in the Detroit terminal, West Detroit was the location of a large CTC operation which controlled towers from 15th Street and as far west as Town Line. Central Avenue was the location of the hump yard at Junction Yard. Tower "J" was in operation until about 1915 and was then moved to Town Line as Junction Yard expanded with the build of the Advanced Departure Yard and the Junction Yard branch. Tower "J" was just easst of what is now the Wyoming Avenue underpass. The PM/C&O and the Detroit Terminal crossed the NYC main line at Miller Road on seperate bridges. The CSX still uses the former PM bridge. The DT bridge is in place but abandoned. 

For many years, the MC operated what they called a four-track main line from Town Line east to the entrance to the tunnel near 15th Street. This included two main tracks, and two freight mains (later known as track 4 (WB) and 6 (EB) which began at Town Line, going through the Advanced Departure Yard, past Miller Road, Junction Yard and through West Detroit. By the 1960's, these were no longer dedicated as freight mains.

Note Key: BB=Bascule Bridge | C=Coal | CS=Car Shop | D=Open > Day | DN=Open Day and night | DS=Dispatcher | DT=Double Main Track | EH=Enginehouse | F=Diesel Fuel | HI=Half Interlocked Crossing | I=Interlocked Crossing | J=Junction | LB=Liftbridge | N=Open at night | P=Passing Track w/40' car capacity | Q=Quarry | RH=Roundhouse # stalls | RT=Railroad Resort | S=Scales | SB=Swingbridge | T=Turntable | TC=Telegraph call | W=Water | X=Crossing | Y=Wye | Yard=Yard

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