Baldwin to Midland

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GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

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The western end of this abandonment is found in Baldwin. This scene can be found west of the active diamond and still shows some rail activity in the area. Photo by Richard Roberts, July 2012.

The year was 1954 and as a 12 year old kid I was travelling Northward by rail on what was previously the Pere Marquette from this very point.. as I headed for Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, located on the East side of Torch lake in Northern Michigan. The significance here, in my case, is that the following year the "high Bridge" over the Manistee River was dismantled....which effectively eliminated all rail travel from Baldwin Northward forever.

Grand Rapids, MI


Per historical sources, the Midland to Baldwin section was a victim of CSX's downsizing effort at the onset of its operations in the mid-to-late 1980s. The line was officially taken out of service in 1987 and subsequently abandoned in 1988. CSX still owns the Pere Marquette from Baldwin to Ludington, MI which it leases to the Genesee & Wyoming holding Marquette Railroad. Traffic on this portion is slow but steady.

Shaun Sager
Toledo, OH


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