Freeport to Elmdale

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  • States: Michigan   
  • Railroads: PM   
Point of Interest

This line was abandoned during the Great Depression, Mid 1930's. My late father remembered trains in Freeport from back then.

Line was to continue to Hastings from Lowell (north of Elmdale) but that never happened. There was a diamond at ELmdale at one time but thats been gone for probably 80 years or more. Elmdale USED to be a neat ghost town with abandoned hotel and stored but thats all gone now too as is the Mid Michigan line to Lowell northward.

All these lines were a cobbled together mish-mash of various schemes dating to logging days. They were tied together by the Pere Marquette consolidation in 1900. The PM and C&O used the line north of Elmdale to Saginaw as a major branch into the late 70's early 80's. Lowell has King Milling, Belding had major foundries and regrigeration plants, Greenville had major refrigeration and appliance plants, on northward to Edmore and then east to Saginaw. All gone now except Lowell which is reached by an ex GTW line from Grand Rapids.

Daniel Gless
Rockford, MI


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