John Speller's Web Pages Kalamazoo to New Buffalo (Michigan Central)

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Kalamazoo to New Buffalo (Michigan Central)
By 1840 a main line had been completed from Detroit to Dexter, Michigan, by the State of Michigan, but in 1846 funds dried up and the State sold the line to the newly incorporated Michigan Central Railroad, by which time Kalamazoo had been reached. The company was obligated to complete the line to the shores of Lake Michigan, and it was originally intended to build the terminus at St. Joseph, Michigan, but the company decided to choose New Buffalo as the station on the lake instead, with a view to running all the way from Detroit to Chicago. The line was completed to New Buffalo in 1849 and through service to Chicago began in 1852. The Michigan Central was later part of the New York Central empire and ultimately became embroiled in the Penn Central fiasco. The Kalamazoo to New Buffalo section is now owned by Amtrak, which, since it has full control of the line and does not have to worry about freight traffic, is able to run 110 mph trains over the route. Trains operating over the route are the daily Blue Water (Chicago Port Huron) and the thrice-daily Wolverine (Chicago Detroit Pontiac). For video of the inauguration of 110 mph service click here. For video of the Blue Water traveling at 110 mph click here
Map of the Michigan Central line from New Buffalo to Kalamazoo. Enlarge
The historic Dowagiac station, built in 1903. Image Michael Tomko and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Niles station on the Kalamazoo to New Buffalo line, built in 1892 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. Image David Wilson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License. A video filmed at the station may be seen here
Three Oaks station, built in 1898 and closed to passengers in 1952
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