Caboose in Elk Rapids?

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Caboose in Elk Rapids?

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:48 am

Am I correct that there used to be a caboose in between 31 & Elk Lake?

My memory is that it was a little bank branch, maybe the same bank that had the passenger cars at the depot in Traverse City?

I haven't found any pictures and there didn't seem to be any sign of it when I was up there a few weeks ago.

Any pics or info about this would be appreciated.
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Re: Caboose in Elk Rapids?

Unread postby Pixl » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:04 pm

Well there used to be a branch line from Williamsburg to Elk Rapids and it pass between US-31 and Elk Lake.

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I vaguely remember see the caboose but it may have been replaced by the giant swan that is on or near the row.

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Re: Caboose in Elk Rapids?

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:00 am

I think the swan and the chamber office were already there. If I am reading the maps right, the ROW crosses to the West side of 31 south of the swan, but I'm not sure if the caboose was actually on the ROW or not.
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Re: Caboose in Elk Rapids?

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:23 pm

Wow. This thread brought back some memories.

I believe you are right DC, there was a cab parked at the Michigan National Bank office. The main office for MNB in TC was the former PM passenger station had a caboose and box car on site.

I do not think the caboose was near where the Chamber of Commerce Office is now (with the swan). I seem to recall that the MNB office was on the North side of the River/ Elk Lake. I think there is a Real Estate office on the corner now.
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Re: Caboose in Elk Rapids?

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:36 am

I was talking to somebody else a while ago, and they thought they remembered this as well, but thought it was farther south. Maybe even down by Acme.

So, pretty sure it existed, just haven't found any details.
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