Timetable: MCRR - Toledo Branch - West Detroit to Toledo

The Toledo Branch was a combination of two original routes. The west main line was the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern line and the east main line was the Michigan Central line. At points (such as Rouge Bridge) these lines are next to each other. But at other points they are farther apart. Around the turn of the 20th century, when both railroads came under Vanderbilt control, the lines were operated as bi-directional double main tracks and operated under a joint employee timetables.

Station MP from Detroit Notes
West Detroit  2.9  DN I J Yard
South Yard  3.8  Yard 
Woodmere  5.0  X J 
Fort Street    
Delray xWStL&P xFPM 5.3  DN I
Exposition Switch 5.6  
Delta Switch  5.9 
Rouge Drawbridge  6.8  DN BB I
River Track Switch 6.6  
Pleasant Street (YD)   DN I J TC=YD
River Rouge 6.8  
Ecorse 9.0  
Salliot Mill Track 9.3  
Burrell & Whitman's Track 11.1  
Wyandotte  11.7  DN 
LS&MS Spur Crossing (of MC) 11.9 X
Ship Yard Track to River 12.4  
Sibley's  14.8 
FN Tower    DN TC=FN 
Trenton xDTI xDTSL 16.1   
Seymour's Track 16.5  
Bridge Division North Switch J-Bridge Division 16.9  
C&CS Railway Crossing x-CASO (1890)    
Slocum Junction J-Bridge Division 17.0 
Gibralter  19.8   
South Rockwood  22.8   
Newport  27.7   
Stony Creek  30.8   
Frenchtown  38.5   
Sandy Creek    
Warner  34.0  J Yard
Monroe  35.4  D I 
Dunbar    
CP La Salle    
La Salle  40.1   
Vienna  45.0   
Vienna Junction   J
State Line (MI/OH) 49.5  
Alexis xAA xPM 50.4  DN I
Tower K xTT  
Toledo Belt  52.2 
West Toledo  52.8  Yard 
Wagon Works Junction J-LSMS 54.2 
Wagon Works Station  54.7   
Toledo  59.0   
Colton Avenue    
C.S. Junction  57.6
     

Notes: The line line to C.S. Junction left the MC line at Wagon Works Junction, past Nebraska Avenue, over the Lake Shore Air Line (via a bridge) and south to C.S. Junction where it interchanged with the Wabash and Cloverleaf.

At Vienna Junction, a freight lead diverged south to the MC's New North Yard which connected on the south end with the Toledo Terminal near Hallet Tower.

The line from West Detroit to Delray was raised in a grade crossing improvement project in the 1920's. This eliminated the DSR crossing at Fort Street.

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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July 5, 1912. The lines of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and the Michigan Central (both controlled by the New York Central) between Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich., about 60 miles, both single track nearly all the way are to be operated together as a double track railway. From the Lake Shore station at Toledo to Wagon Works Junction the line, which is owned by the Lake Shore, is double track, and over this the trains of the Michigan Central run to and from the station. From Wagon Works north the Lake Shore and the Michigan Central run approximately parallel with each other for about 51 miles to West Detroit. They are separated most of the way by only a few hundred feet, but at a few points are as much as half a mile apart. It is intended to operate this section as a double-track railway, and preparatory thereto two light bridges are being made suitable for the heaviest engine, and a number of track changes and additions have been made. Between Vinewood avenue, Detroit, and Beaubien street, about three miles, the Lake Shore parallels the Bay City division of the Michigan Central, and these two roads are now operated as one double-track railway. The Michigan Central Bay City division was already double tracked and one of the three main tracks will now be used as a sidetrack. [RG-1912-0705]

1925. The MC and NYC install new automatic block signals between Detroit and Toledo (River Rouge and Toledo on the NYC southbound section). This includes 150 color light signals, of the GRS type. The NYC line was noted as D.C. and the MC noted as A.C.

 


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