Colors of Michigan Railroads

(Just like colleges, nations and shipping fleets).

  • Chicago & North Western

    • Deep Yellow & Dark Green

  • Detroit & Mackinac

    • Dark Green with Gold Letters

    • Maroon & gray

    • Dark Green with Deep Gold and Dark Red

  • Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic

    • maroon tones (of controlling co. Canadian Pacific)

  • Grand Rapids & Indiana

    • Tuscan red (of its owner, Pennsylvania RR)

  • Grand Trunk Western

    • Olive & Black (of its owner, Canadian National)

  • Lake Shore & Michigan Southern

    • Olive green with gold lettering

  • New York Central

    • White lightening stripe on gray

  • Pere Marquette

    • Enchantment Blue & Venetian Yellow (honoring U of M)

  • Soo Line

    • Maroon tone (of controlling company, Canadian Pacific)

    • Red and White

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

Contact Us

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Invalid Input