Timetable: MCRR - Main Line Michigan Division - Town Line to Niles

This was the main line from Detroit to Chicago, first opened by the state-owned Central railroad, and then purchased by the Michigan Central. After the Civil War, the MC began to double track this line in a west direction. The main line was an early adopter of automatic block signals, first deploying Hall "banjo" style signals and then replacing them in the early 1900's with semaphores and later searchlight signals. These were directional block signals which existed for many years until they were replaced with bi-directional block signals by Conrail in the 1980s. Stations open and passing track capacity as of 1947.

Station MP from Detroit Notes
Town Line 6.0  DN 
Amtrak Station (old)    
Smith's Creek (Greenfield Village)    
CP Mort     
Amtrak Station (new)     
Dearborn  8.8  J P214w
Wayne    FH P104w P74e
Wayne Junction xPM  16.8  DN I P119w P117e
Willow Run    Yard P151w P152e
Ypsilanti  28.0  DN J FH
Shanghai Pit   
Geddes    P131e
Ann Arbor  35.9  DN SY P114w P66e
West Ann Arbor     
Kinnear    TP
Dexter  45.4  D P117w P116w
Four Mile lake     
Chelsea Track Pan    TP 
Chelsea  52.7  DN FH P115w P119e
Sylvan Crossing     
Francisco    P142w 
Grass lake  63.8  D P76w P115e
Michigan Center     
East Yard  71.7  DN 
Jackson Yard    C W F T CS RHx2 
Jackson Junction    J Y DN DS
Jackson  74.1  DN 
Pearl Street Tower    DN J I 
West Hill    P123w
Sandstone  ~83  
Parma 84.9 D P116w
Bath Mills    
Albion 94.4 DN P114w P150e
Tower A   I
CP 99   I
Marshall Track Pan ~102 TP
Marshall 106.1 DN P114w P126e
Ceresco ~115  
Hinman Yard   Yard
Nichols Tower xGTW 118.3 DN I
Hall Avenue xIU    
Battle Creek 119.2 DN
DT&M Crossing xDTM    
CP Gord   J I
Rumley Yard   Yard P105w P115e
Fort Custer    
Augusta 128.8 D P130w P146e
Augusta Coal Chute   C
Galesburg 133.2  
Consumers Power Siding    
Botsford Yard   Yard P104w P145e
M.U.R. Crossing xIU   I
CK&S Crossing xCKS   I
BO Tower xLS 141.8 DN I
GTW Crossing xGT   I
Tower 1 xPRR   I
Kalamazoo 142.0 DN
South Haven Junction   J
Kalamazoo Hill    
Miller   P115w P114e
Lawton 159.3 DN P109w P112e
Lawton Track Pan   TP W
Decatur 167.0  
Glenwood   P100w P114e
Dowagiac 178.2 DN P111e
East End 186.6 DN Yard
[Niles Terminal]    


Smith's Creek was the name for Greenfield Village. The MC had a reverse crossover here.

In Dearborn, the old Amtrak station served from the 1970's until it was replaced with a new Amtrak station at Greenfield Village (near Elm Street) in 2015.

Dearborn was a junction of the MC main line and the DD&D branch to YD. It left the line southeast near the new Amtrak station. Replaced by the Junction Yard branch in the 1920's.

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 | FH=Freight House | 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 | SY=Stock Yard | T=Turntable | TC=Telegraph call | TP=Track Pans | W=Water | X=Crossing | Y=Wye | Yard=Yard

[REF] = MCRR employee timetable #25 4/27/1947 plus additions.