Official Nicknames of Michigan Railroads

(Appellation, moniker, designation, slogan, cognomen, byname)

  • Detroit & Mackinac

    • Turtle Route

    • Huron Route

    • Sugar Beet Belt Route

  • Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic

    • South Shore Route

    • Marquette Route

  • Grand Rapids & Indiana

    • Fishing Line

  • Grand Trunk Western

    • Good Track Road

  • Lake Shore & Michigan Southern

    • Water Level Route

  • Michigan Central

    • The Niagara Falls Route

  • Minneapolis, Saint Paul & Sault Saint Marie

    • Soo Line

  • Port Huron & Detroit

    • St. Clair Blue Water Route

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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