Baldwin to Midland
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 Baldwin..at 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.
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.