Named Freight Trains with Michigan Connections

  • Baltimore & Ohio

    • Baltimore to Detroit = Banana Special

    • Youngstown to Detroit = Detroit Steel Special

  • Chicago & North Western

    • Green Bay to Iron Mountain = Mountaineer

  • Norfolk & Western

    • Detroit to Argentine KS = Super Charger

  • Pere Marquette

    • Muskegon to Grand Rapids = Cannonball

    • Chicago to Detroit = Overnighter

    • Grand Rapids to Traverse City = Stump Jumper

    • Ludington to Midland = Brine Run

  • Pennsylvania Railroad

    • Cincinnati to Detroit = Cock o' the Walk

    • Detroit to Enola PA = The Gas Wagon

    • Detroit to Columbus = The Dixie

Le Roy Barnett retired in 2001 as an archivist with the State of Michigan Archives. Throughout his career, Dr. Barnett made note of railroad trivia as well as interesting railroad facts which he has shared with RRHX. We hope that you enjoy reading them. Many of these "sayings", slogans, film names will bring back memories for you. If you have other factual bits of trivia to add, there is a hot-link on each page for you to use.


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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