Timetable: MCRR - Bay City Branch - Detroit to Bay City

The MC Bay City Branch was built as the Detroit & Bay City railroad but quickly leased to the Michigan Central. Station times are from 1947.

Station MP from Detroit Notes
Bay City Junction  2.2  DN J I
CP Spring Works   J ST
Grand River Avenue  4.0   
Woodward Avenue  5.7   
Beaubien Street Tower xGTW xLS 5.9  DN XI
Milwaukee Junction xGTW 6.7  DN XI
Belt Line Junction xMC Belt 7.2  DN XI
North Yard    RH Yard  
North Yard Tower xDT   DN XI
Rotary Switch     
North Detroit  10.3   
Eight Mile Road     
Mound Road Yard    Yard 
Center Line  13.8   
Alliance Brick Company    
Tank Arsenal     
Warren  17.0 
Sterling Yard    Yard
Utica  23.8 
Depew's Siding  27.5   
Ray's Pit     
Yates  28.6   
Rochester Junction xGTW 30.0  XI
Rochester  30.9  DN 
Rochester Sand & Gravel     
Goodison's  34.8   
Lake Orion  40.3 
Bailey's Pit   
Oxford  43.2  DN 
PO&N Crossing xGTW 43.6 
Thomas  47.5   
Metamora  52.0   
Hunter's Creek  55.3   
Lapeer Junction xGTW 59.8  DN I
Lapeer  60.0   
L&N Junction  ~60.5  J
Carpenter's  65.5   
Columbiaville 69.0 D
Otter Lake 73.6  
F&PM Crossing xPM 73.7 XI
Millington 79.5 D
Bridgeport Core Sand Co.  
PH&NW Crossing xPM 85.9 XI
Vassar 86.2 DN
Caro Junction 86.5 J
Denmark Junction 91.0 N J
Reese xPM 95.5 D
Munger's 101.0  
Water Street Junction xMC   XI Y
Center Street Interlocking xPM   XI 
Fairgrounds Switch    
Bay City - East Side 108.9  
Woodside xPM    XI
Water Street Junction   J
Drawbridge   SB Y
Bay City - West Side   J


Note by Charlie Whipp 4/7/2003: The Bay City branch had a short section of automatic block signals. This section was between Lake Orion block station (passenger depot) and a point 7,000 feet north of Oxford tower, signals B641 and B642.  Starting at B641 and B642, there were a number of sidings and switches off the main line that needed to be protected from switch engines working the various customers and Oxford yard. There were also a number of trains that turned at Oxford. As an example, the Oxford local as well as gravel trains that went as far as Oxford yard to handle the gravel trains. These jobs worked around Oxford and the pit at Bailey's pit, just south of Oxford yard.  There was also a wye at Bailey's pit. With all of this activity, it was necessary to protect the main line with block signals to prevent a mishap.

Beaubien Street: This crossing was at a short angle, making derailments common. The "diamonds" were more like switches than crossings, in that the flange spaces were blocked for the routed railroad. This crossing was replaced in recent times by actual junction switches rather than a diamond crossing.

Caro Junction: This was the switch to the Caro Branch which at one time extended northeast to Owendale and a connection with the GTW at that location.

Rochester Junction: Interlocking controlled by MC/NYC from Rochester Depot.

PH&NW Crossing (at Vasser) was the crossing of the MC Bay City Branch and the PM line to Port Huron via Marlette. This crossing was protected by an interlocking tower which was later removed and gates installed.

Reese. This was the crossing of the PM's line to Bad Axe. This crossing was protected by a manually operated crossing signal (operated by trainmen at the base) which was lighted with two red lights at night.

Munger's. Later known as Munger, the Bay City Branch was truncated here in the 1940's.

Water Street. This was a wye to the MC Belt Line. There may have been a crossing of the Belt Line here as well.

Center Street. This was the crossing of the MC Bay City Branch and the PM Belt Line. The Detroit Bay City & Western also crossed the PM here. This location had an interlocking tower which was removed and replaced with an autointerlocking sometime after the DBC&W was abandoned through here.

Bay City East Side. The MC dispatcher was located here.

Woodside. This was an interlocking tower operated by the Pere Marquette. The PM line north from their Bay City depot crossed the MC Bay City branch here, before heading east to Foss the the D&M bridge.

Saginaw River Drawbridge: This drawbridge, just northwest of Woodside Tower, was a swing type bridge with a bridge operator. The bridge was not interlocked but had signals and "smash" boards.

The location of L&N Junction was taken from an 1883 timetable and is approximate. This was a short branch line which went northeast.

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 | ST=Switch Tender | T=Turntable | TC=Telegraph call | W=Water | X=Crossing | Y=Wye | Yard=Yard

[REF] = Michigan Central employee timetable plus additions.