Where Is It?

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby PatAzo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:20 pm

A mainline used to curve along the red line. Today it's overgrown to the point you can barely make out the old right of way.


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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:36 pm

I'll guess Waterford Twp area? There's so many lakes and old raillines around there.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby PatAzo » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:55 pm

~Z~ wrote:I'll guess Waterford Twp area? There's so many lakes and old raillines around there.


Closer to home.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:59 am

PatAzo wrote:
~Z~ wrote:I'll guess Waterford Twp area? There's so many lakes and old raillines around there.


Closer to home.



Kalamazoo area?
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby AARR » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:24 am

Niles?
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PatAzo wrote:
~Z~ wrote:I'll guess Waterford Twp area? There's so many lakes and old raillines around there.


Closer to home.



Kalamazoo area?
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby PatAzo » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:33 pm

How about a larger view rather than just naming the city? Once you look for it you can follow much of the old right of way though the track has been gone a long time.

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:47 pm

Ah yes, that reworking of the intersection helps a ton. That's Kalamazoo, where Stadium Dr and US131 meet on the southwest side of town. Looks like the ROW continues west and possibly merges in at Mattawan.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:04 pm

~Z~ wrote:Ah yes, that reworking of the intersection helps a ton. That's Kalamazoo, where Stadium Dr and US131 meet on the southwest side of town. Looks like the ROW continues west and possibly merges in at Mattawan.



Indeed, that's the reworking of the intersection of US-131 and W. Stadium Drive (old US-12) on the southwest side of Kalamazoo, about a mile west of the Western Michigan University campus. That body of water in the above shot is Asylum Lake.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:51 pm

This should be easy enough
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:36 pm

Michael wrote:This should be easy enough
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State Line Road, State Line, IN looking north along the rail trail to Niles, MI and south behind the photographer's current position toward South Bend, IN just west of M-51 in Michigan and State Highway 933 in Indiana. The rail trail was the former New York Central Big Four Route RR, now the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail in Niles Township, Berrien County.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby PatAzo » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:56 pm

~Z~ wrote:Ah yes, that reworking of the intersection helps a ton. That's Kalamazoo, where Stadium Dr and US131 meet on the southwest side of town. Looks like the ROW continues west and possibly merges in at Mattawan.


Thought that would do it. This was the original Michigan Central route west out of Kalamazoo. Next time you drive through the area you can note the difference between Stadium Drives elevation and where the track is now. Until Michigan Central build the new alignment from Howard St to Mattawan in 1910.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby MQT1223 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:55 pm

PatAzo wrote:
~Z~ wrote:Ah yes, that reworking of the intersection helps a ton. That's Kalamazoo, where Stadium Dr and US131 meet on the southwest side of town. Looks like the ROW continues west and possibly merges in at Mattawan.


Thought that would do it. This was the original Michigan Central route west out of Kalamazoo. Next time you drive through the area you can note the difference between Stadium Drives elevation and where the track is now. Until Michigan Central build the new alignment from Howard St to Mattawan in 1910.


Wow, Had no idea about this. Will definitely check it out next time I'm down there.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Jochs » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:46 pm

Here is an actual location I actually visited instead of googling it. :lol:
Where is this?
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:44 am

Jochs wrote:Here is an actual location I actually visited instead of googling it. :lol:
Where is this?
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Old Ann Arbor RR bridge over the Shiawassee River just south of Bennington Road (Main Street) in Vernon, MI between Durand and Owosso. West of M-71 in Vernon. Final run of the remaining AA RR passenger train between Toledo, OH and Boat Landing/Elberta/Frankfort, was made on July 19, 1950. The track in the background is the GLC RR.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby MQT1223 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:51 pm

railrod1949 wrote:
Jochs wrote:Here is an actual location I actually visited instead of googling it. :lol:
Where is this?
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Old Ann Arbor RR bridge over the Shiawassee River just south of Bennington Road (Main Street) in Vernon, MI betweetween Durand and Owosso. West of M-71 in Vernon. Final run of the remaining AA RR passenger train between Toledo, OH and Boat Landing/Elberta/Frankfort, was made on July 19, 1950. The track in the background is the GLC RR.


Is there anywhere you haven't been? Lol
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:54 am

I can confirm Railrod's guess of Jochs' pic is correct.

Where be it?
ROW off to the left. The trail pictured is a named trail.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:38 pm

MQT1223 wrote:
railrod1949 wrote:
Jochs wrote:Here is an actual location I actually visited instead of googling it. :lol:
Where is this?
oldbridge1.jpg



Old Ann Arbor RR bridge over the Shiawassee River just south of Bennington Road (Main Street) in Vernon, MI betweetween Durand and Owosso. West of M-71 in Vernon. Final run of the remaining AA RR passenger train between Toledo, OH and Boat Landing/Elberta/Frankfort, was made on July 19, 1950. The track in the background is the GLC RR.


Is there anywhere you haven't been? Lol



In Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo area?
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:05 pm

railrod1949 wrote:In Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo area?

My photo is not in the GR or Kzoo area. Unless you were responding to MQT1223 asking where you haven't been, and haven't been to GR or Kzoo :)
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby AARR » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:32 pm

Hartford?
~Z~ wrote:Where be it?
ROW off to the left. The trail pictured is a named trail.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Jochs » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:36 pm

For the record, your guesses are correct. I stood on the Main St. bridge and took a photo of the abandoned bridge over the Shiawassee River just west of beautiful downtown Vernon, MI.
It was taken on 12/17/18 the day after I saw the North Pole Express.
And MQT1223, there are lots of places in Michigan that I've never been. :lol: :wink:
I have been around the perimeter of the thumb, but never in the "middle" of it, and I still have lots of the U.P. to explore.
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