Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies

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MSU Press, Jan 31, 1993 - Transportation - 320 pages
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Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies is an invaluable reference manual for everyone interested in regional transportation history, the history of railroading, and Michigan history in general. It contains complete, cross-referenced listings for every company formed to operate a railroad in the state of Michigan. In addition to the comprehensive entries for major lines, Graydon Meints has included details about the many small, common-carrier steam and electric companies, logging roads, and numerous other primitive and contemporary rail systems. This encyclopedic reference guide also contains information on the so-called "paper railroads," companies that were projected but which never laid a foot of track.  
     Michigan Railroads is divided into three parts. One includes alphabetical entries for the actual and intended railroad companies themselves, the date and purpose for their organization, and a brief history from their origins to their dispositions. Included in this portion of the work are a number of railroad "family trees" showing the corporate antecedents of the largest of the rail lines operating in the state today. Another contains a chronology of significant corporate events; it works as a useful finding aid for accessing source data contained in the first section. A third contains a statewide county-by-county listing of railroads, both paper and real.


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1 Introduction to Michigan Railroads
2 List of Companies
3 Corporate Family Trees
4 Chronology of Corporate Actions
5 Corporate Actions by Year
6 County Listing of Companies

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Graydon M. Meints has served as president of the Kalamazoo County Historical Society and as treasurer and trustee of the Historical Society of Michigan. He is a member of the Lexington Group in Transportation History and the Railway and Locomotive History Society.

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