INTERURBAN RAILWAYS IN MICHIGAN

(EXCLUDING DETROIT/SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN AREA)

Interurban Railway Map


BENTON HARBOR-ST. JOE RAILWAY & LIGHT CO.

Controlled 1922-1928 by American Gas & Electric Co./Electric Bond & Shares Co.

Interurban lines:
Benton Harbor-Watervliet (completed 1910)
Benton Harbor-Dowagiac (completed 1911)
Abandoned 1928

Local service: Benton Harbor/St. Joseph


ESCANABA POWER & TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Escanaba-Gladstone (completed 1910)
Abandoned 1932

Local service: Escanaba


GRAND RAPIDS GRAND HAVEN & MUSKEGON RAILWAY

Controlled 1912-1925 by United Light & Railways Co./United Light & Power Co.

Interurban line:
Grand Rapids-Grand Haven/Muskegon (completed 1902)
Abandoned 1928

Local service: Grand Haven


GRAND RAPIDS HOLLAND & CHICAGO RAILWAY
Incorporated 1902 as Grand Rapids, Holland and Lake Michigan Rapid Railway Co.
Reorganized 1904 as Grand Rapids, Holland and Chicago Railway.

Controlled 1913-1924 by Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co., controlled after 1924 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

Interurban line:
Grand Rapids-Holland-Saugatuck (completed 1902)
Abandoned 1926

Local service: Holland


HOUGHTON COUNTY TRACTION CO.

Controlled 1908-1925 by Stone & Webster, controlled 1925-1932 by Central Public Service Co.

Interurban line:
Houghton-Mohawk (completed 1918)
Abandoned 1932

Local service: Houghton


MICHIGAN UNITED RAILWAY
Incorporated 1906, consolidating the following interurban railway companies. Unless noted, interurban companies basically operated between their namesake cities.

Michigan Traction Co. (Battle Creek-Kalamazoo)
Jackson & Battle Creek Traction Co.
Lansing & Jackson Railway Co.
Lansing St. Johns & St. Louis Electric Railway (to St. Johns)
Detroit, Flint & Saginaw Railway (Saginaw-Frankenmuth)
Saginaw & Flint Railway

Michigan United Railway subsequently completed the line between Lansing and Owosso. Michigan United Railway reorganized 1923 to Michigan Electric Railway Co.

Controlled 1913-1924 by Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co., controlled after 1924 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

Interurban lines:
Jackson-Battle Creek (constructed 1903, discontinued 1928)
Battle Creek-Kalamazoo (constructed 1900, discontinued 1928)
Jackson-Lansing (constructed 1909, discontinued 1929)
Lansing-St. Johns (electrified 1904, discontinued 1929)
Lansing-Owosso (constructed 1911, discontinued 1929)
Saginaw-Frankenmuth (constructed 1905, discontinued 1927)
Saginaw-Flint (constructed 1909, discontinued 1929)

In addition, Michigan Railway Co. was a subsidiary of Michigan United Railway. And from 1916 to 1924, Michigan United Railway leased Grand Rapids, Holland and Chicago Railway. And in 1928, Michigan Electric Railway Co. acquired Detroit Jackson and Chicago Railway from Detroit United Railway, but that line was abandoned the following year.

Local service: Battle Creek, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Owosso/Corunna

Replacement bus companies:
Southern Michigan Transportation Co. (1920's-1935)
Eastern Michigan Motorbuses (1935-1941)
Great Lakes Greyhound Lines (after 1941)

MICHIGAN RAILROAD CO.
Incorporated 1909 as Michigan Railway Co.
Reorganized 1919 to Michigan Railroad Co.

Controlled 1910-1924 by Commonwealth Power Railway & Light Co., controlled after 1924 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

Interurban lines:
Saginaw-Bay City (constructed 1914, discontinued 1929)
Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids (constructed 1915, discontinued 1928)
Battle Creek-Allegan (electrified 1915, discontinued 1928)

Local service: Bay City


Interurban Timetables

Schedules of interurban lines in Michigan, from the August 1923 Russell's Official Eastern States Railway Guide.


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