Railroad: Norfolk Southern Corporation

The Norfolk Southern railroad purchased the lines of the Norfolk & Western railroad in Michigan in 1980. This included the former Wabash line from Detroit to Montpieler, Ohio as well as spurs around Detroit and Delray, and the former DT&I between Page and Tecumseh in Lenawee County from the DT&I. In 1999, the railroad acquired parts of Conrail in Michigan, including the main line from Detroit to Kalamazoo and from River Rouge to Toledo. It also continues to own along with CSX what remains of Conrail as a terminal railroad in metro Detroit.

Norfolk & Westerm Railroad → Norfolk Southern → existing

Purchased: 1980 - from Norfolk & Western railroad. Also purchased part of Conrail in 1999.

Operated in Michigan: 42+ Years - continuing

Operations Ended: NS sold the former Michigan Central main line between Town Line and Kalamazoo to Amtrak around 2017.

Reference: [MRRC]


Photo Info: NS train 38J waits for a signal at CP Lake, just east of Chelsea in 2007. [Dale Berry photo].


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The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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