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Latest revision as of 22:59, 9 February 2020

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Overview

The Huckleberry Railroad is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge heritage railroad located in Genesee Township, Michigan, near Flint. The railroad operates alongside Crossroads Village, both of which are owned and maintained by the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission.

The railroad received its name due to the story that a person could jump off the train, pick wild huckleberries, and re-board the train without difficulty, as it traveled so slowly.

What is now the Huckleberry Railroad began operating in 1872 as part of the Flint River Railroad. The Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad later extended the branch line from Flint to Otter Lake. It later came to be known as the Otter Lake Branch. Eventually the track was extended by another 4.5 miles from Otter Lake to Fostoria, for a total of 19.5 miles from Flint to Fostoria.

The Pere Marquette Railway abandoned the Otter Lake to Fostoria line in 1932, and the Otisville to Otter Lake line a year later. The Huckleberry Railroad began operations in 1976 on the remaining line when the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission opened Crossroads Village.

The train station used by the Huckleberry Railroad at Crossroads Village is the former Grand Trunk Western Railroad station from nearby Davison.

Operational Huckleberry Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
Alaska Railroad #152 4-6-0 1920 Operational. Main locomotive for excursions.
HBRR 7 50 Tonner 1952 Operational. Main diesel locomotive. Also used for track maintenance and switching. Has frequent mechanical problems. Will be replaced in the near future.
HBRR 11 HSG 1968 Operational. Shop switcher/MOW. Ex-Badger Ammunition Plant #585.
HBRR 571 HSG 1968 Operational. Shop switcher/MOW. Ex-Badger Ammunition Plant #571.

Out of Service/Inoperable Huckleberry Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
Quincy & Torch Lake #3 2-6-0 1894 Stored dismantled. No future plans.
Potosi & Rio Verde #4 2-8-0 1904 Displayed along the mainline.
Denver & Rio Grande Western #464 2-8-2 1903 Currently stored serviceable. 15-year inspection to start soon.

Huckleberry Railroad Passenger Cars

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
HBRR 8 Coach 1875 Stored inoperable. Missing trucks. Ex-Northwestern Pacific/Nevada California & Oregon. Built by Kimball Car. Interior and exterior have been restored.
HBRR 9 Coach 1920's Ex-Diamond and Caldor flatcar #243.
HBRR 20 Open-Air Gondola 1920's Ex-Coahuila y Zacatecas.
HBRR 30 Open-Air Gondola 1920's Ex-Coahuila y Zacatecas.
HBRR 40 Coach 1890's Ex-United Railways of Yucatan.
HBRR 42 Coach 1890's Ex-United Railways of Yucatan.
HBRR 100 Coach 1880's Ex-United Railways of Yucatan.
HBRR 102 Coach 1890's Ex-National Railways of the Yucatan/Catskill Mountain Railroad.
HBRR 104 Coach 1923/1979 Former EBT flatcar #104.
HBRR 112 Coach 1923/1979 Former EBT flatcar #112.
HBRR 113 Coach 1923/1979 Former EBT flatcar #113.
HBRR 260 Coach 1896 Ex-RGS.
HBRR 306 Coach 1881 Ex-D&RGW.
HBRR 316 Combine 1996 Built at Huckleberry Railroad.
HBRR 320 Coach 1882 Ex-D&RGW.

Huckleberry Railroad Freight Cars

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
HBRR 201 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
HBRR 202 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
HBRR 203 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
HBRR 204 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
HBRR 205 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
HBRR 206 Flatcar 19?? Operational. Used in MOW service. Ex-Badger Ammunition Depot.
EBT 821 Coal Hopper 1914 Operational. Used for MOW and ballast.

Huckleberry Railroad Cabooses

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
DRGW 0526 Caboose 1880 Stored in the shops.
PM A621 Caboose 1923 Displayed by the depot.
HBRR 0776 Caboose 1880's Operational. In excursion service. Ex-Coahuila y Zacatecas.
C&O 90865 Caboose 1926 Displayed along the railroad in Genesee Village.

Former Huckleberry Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
Cia Agricola de Guatemala No. 3 2-6-0 1909 Sold in 1983. Now operational at the Otaru Museum in Otaru, Japan.
HBRR 5 12 Tonner 1950 Was stored behind the shops. Operated occasionally. Sold in 2019 to McHugh Locomotive, and is currently at South Park Rail Society.
HBRR 1203 80 Tonner 1947 Sold in 2004 after a major mechanical failure in 1990, and now operates on the Durango and Silverton. Ex-US Gypsum.




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