Mid-Michigan Railroad

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Mid-Michigan Railroad
Reporting mark MMRR
Locale Michigan
Dates of operation 1987[1]
Predecessor CSX Transportation
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 32 miles
Headquarters Muskegon, Michigan

The Mid-Michigan Railroad (reporting mark MMRR) is a railroad owned by Genesse & Wyoming.[2] It operates 32 miles of track in Michigan.[2]

History[edit]

The company incorporated in 1987,[2] for the purpose of acquiring railway lines from the CSX Corporation. The company was owned at inception by RailTex, a Texas-based holding company which owned many short line railroads. The Mid-Michigan bought two lines from CSX:ElmdaleGreenville and PainesElwell.[3] In 1999 it sold the southernmost 5.6 miles (9.0 km) of Elmdale line, Elmdale–Malta, back to CSX.[4]

Routes[edit]

Paines-Alma[edit]

The only remaining line on the Mid-Michigan is the line from Paines to Alma. The line from Lowell to Greenville was sold back to Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad and soon after removed for a bike trail in 2009. Corn and Soybeans are the main commodities hauled. The railroad interchanges with the Great Lakes Central Railroad and the Lake State Railway.

Traffic[edit]

The railroad's traffic comes mainly from grain products, such as corn and soybeans. The MMRR hauled around 5,100 carloads in 2008.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mid Michigan Railroad". Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing). June 2010. 
  3. ^ Meints (1992), 113.
  4. ^ Meints (2005), 365. Meints gives Elmdale-Ionia as the branch, but this is incorrect and contradicted elsewhere. See Meints (2005), 127.

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