When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit  to Port Heron w/DJ
When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit  to Port Heron w/DJ
When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit  to Port Heron w/DJ
When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit  to Port Heron w/DJ
When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit  to Port Heron w/DJ

When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit to Port Heron w/DJ

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When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails Book 2 Detroit to Port Heron w/DJ
 
When Eastern Michigan Rode The Rails II The Rapid Railway and Detroit-Port Huron By rail - ship - bus By Jack Schramm  and William Henning
Interurban Special #105
Hard cover with dust jacket
Copyright  1986
223 Pages

CONTENTS
Acknowledgements 7
Foreword 8
Background 9
1 The Rapid Railway 19
New Baltimore Power Plant 43
The Men Who Built the Rapid46
2 The DUR Takes Control49
DUR Renumbers the Cars 52
General Manager of the Rapid57
DUR Family Tree 60
Waiting for the Rapid 88
3 Bankruptcy, Decline and Death 93
New Colors for a New Image 95
Gary Terminal 98
The Rapid's Right-of-Way 102
4 City and Freight Operations 109
Wills Sainte Claire Motor Car 120
5 Steamboats on the River 141
Steamboating in the Early Days 144
Tashmoo . . . Flagship of the White Star Line147
Detroit River Car Ferries   158
Shipping on the St. Clair River160
6 Corridor Railroads 163
St. Clair River Tunnel178
7 Invasion of the Buses 185
A Gallery of Suburban Bus Memorabilia 198
8 Carrying the Mail 207
Rosters 214
Important Dates219
Index222

A T THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, a Detroit resident did not have the super highway to travel on to Port Huron. However, he did have a choice of nine trains on the Grand Trunk, or use of the electric interurbans making hourly runs daily between the two cities. Then during the summer, the traveler also had a choice of boats for a slower but more scenic route.
As of 1985, a single daily round-trip bus was scheduled, providing the only remaining intercity public transportation in the Detroit-Port Huron corridor. This lone bus operates over the 1-94 expressway, so the cities and towns in between no longer have any public transportation. The interurban, boat and passenger train are gone-only a memory for old-timers to talk about.
We will recount the different modes of passenger travel in the order of their discontinuance:
1-The interurban from 1895 to 1930, when it and the city operations in Mt. Clemens and Port Huron were abandoned.
2-The passenger boats that served both the cities and the many resorts along the shores of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair.
3-The area railroads beginning in 1859 with the building of the first line until the end of passenger service between Port Huron and Detroit on the Grand Trunk Railroad, July 17, 1954. Also, a short history of several other lines that served the area, of which only one remains: the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad. This company was purchased by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad on December 14, 1984.
4-The only survivor providing public transportation, the bus, has certainly passed its peak and continues to lose the battle to the one form of transportation that put an end to the other three: the automobile.

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