Timetable: MCRR - Mackinaw Branch - Bay City to Mackinaw City
The MC Mackinaw Branch was started by the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw railroad and came under the control of the Michigan Central before it reached Mackinaw City. Station hours and passing track capacity based on 1897 timetable. Siding length based on 44' cars.
|Station||MP from E Bay City||Notes|
|Bay City East Side||0.0||DN Yard|
|Woodside xPM||DN I|
|Saginaw River Bridge||SB|
|West Bay City||0.7||DN Yard RH|
|CS&M Crossing xGTW||I|
|BC & BC Junction||1.6||J|
|Tower 12 xHW xPM||I|
|Kawkawlin||4.7||D SB P27|
|Pinconning||18.9||DN J P50|
|Saginaw Bay & Northwestern Crossing xSB||19.1||I|
|Alger||40.7||DN J P88|
|Hauptman Junction||50.3||J P52|
|West Branch||52.7||DN P56|
|St. Helens||64.4||D P45|
|Grayling||92.3||DN J RH P30 Yard|
|Gaylord||119.2||DN X P45|
|Nunda Branch Junction||~137||J|
|Wolverine||138.3||D C W P13|
|Indian River||148.4||D P36|
|Cheboygan||166.2||DN J Dock P50|
|Mackinaw City||182.3||DN J RH CFDock|
The Saginaw River bridge was a non-interlocked swing bridge that had "smash board" signals on each end. West Bay City was 500' west of the Saginaw River drawbridge. It was the location of the main Bay City yard until Wenona Yard was built north of hee.
At Tower 12, the Hecla Belt Line went through here enroute to marl beds in the area to supply the Hecla Portland Cement Company. About 10 years later, this became a MC industrial belt line. The PM line crossed here going west to coal fields.
At Kawkawlin the J&LS (MC) had a swing bridge over the Kawkawlin river in the late 1880's. This was replaced with a fixed bridge.
Linwood had a crossing allowing Mackinaw Branch trains to access the D&M main line. When the D&M was pulled up south of Pinconning, a new crossover was installed just south of Pinconning and is still used today.
Worth was known as Saginin in 1883.
The Detroit, Bay City & Alpena (and predessor lines) connected with the MC at Alger. In the early 1900's under D&M ownership, they built their own line to North Bay City and the old like was truncated at Prescot and became known as the D&M Prescott Branch.
Frederick was known as Forrest in 1883. Waters was known as Wright's Lake.
When the Penn Central abandoned the Mackinaw Branch, the D&M purchased it north of Sallings and south of Kawkawlin. The state retained ownership between Kawkawlin and Sallings and leased it to the D&M.
Note Key: BB=Bascule Bridge | C=Coal | CF = Car Ferry | 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