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The Ann Arbor Railroad, historically, was an American railroad that operated between Toledo, Ohio, and Elberta and Frankfort, Michigan (approximately 294 route miles) with car ferry operations across Lake Michigan.(wik). In the 30's and 40's the Ann Arbor ran car ferries from it's Lake Michigan port of Elberta (Frankfort) to the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan cities of Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Menominee, and Manistique. The Ann Arbor ran a daily train from Toledo to Frankfort and the boat landing, which carried an observation lounge cafe car and coaches. In addition, during the summer months, it offered a weekend train with Pullman sleeping car from Toledo on Fridays and returning on Monday. It also provided summer weekend only sleeping car services,


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Frankfort to Beulah. where the Grand Trunk Western continued to Detroit, and the Pere Marquette to Chicago.(rp) The Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad (M&LS) was an American Class III railroad serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 1909 to 1968. It provided service from Manistique, Michigan to a junction with the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway at Doty, Michigan, southeast of Munising, Michigan. Its nickname was The Haywire. Almost from the start, it served as an affiliate of the Ann Arbor Railroad and was connected with the larger railroad's northwestern terminus at Elberta, Michigan, by Ann Arbor Railroad car ferry. The Elberta-Manistique run was one of the longest regularly scheduled railroad car ferry runs operated in North America. M&LS was chartered in 1909 to penetrate what was then a booming lumber and pulpwood region of the central Upper Peninsula.
History of the Ann Arbor Railroad
1871 - The Toledo, Ann Arbor and Northern Railroad Company was incorporated in Michigan for the purpose of building and operating a railroad from Alexis, Ohio- the northern terminal of the State Line Railroad- to Ann Arbor, Michigan, a distance of about 40 miles.
1873 - TAA&N collapses in Panic of 1873.
1876 - TAA&N reorganized as the Toledo & Ann Arbor Railroad.
1877 - Line completed Toledo to State Line and State Line Railroad assets acquired.
1880 - Toledo Ann Arbor and North Eastern Railroad formed.
1884 - About 1884 the Toledo Ann Arbor and North Railroad was organized by consolidating the T&AA and the TAA&NE.
1885 - TAA&N opens line from Owosso to St. Louis, Michigan.
1885-1886 - The Toledo, Ann Arbor and Cadillac Railroad Company was organized to build a road from Mt. Pleasant, then the Northern Terminus, to Cadillac; the project was completed and the Corporation consolidated with the parent company in 1886.
1885-86 - A line is built between Alma and Mt. Pleasant by local interests. The Ann Arbor Company bought this line in 1886.
1886 - Line opened from Leland to Owosso.
1886 - The AA Company built a connecting line from St. Louis to Alma.
1887 - The Toledo, Ann Arbor and Lake Michigan Company undertook the construction of a line from Cadillac to Frankfort.
1888 - Cadillac to Frankfort completed by TAA&LM, and sold toToledo Ann Arbor and North Michigan.
1891 - Leland to South Lyon abandoned.
1892 - A line from Frankfort to boat landing is acquired by the Ann Arbor. Car ferries begin operation across Lake Michigan. The first of such operations recorded.
1893 - Panic of 1893 forces Ann Arbor Railroads to reorganize.
1895 - Ann Arbor Railroad company is the successor railroad to the Toledo Ann Arbor and North Michigan which had previously organized the Ann Arbor group of railroads.
1896 - A shorter line is built westward of Lyon between Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake.
1896 - The AA line from Ithaca to Alma via St. Louis was abandoned. At the same time the company purchased and made a part of its main line, the Ithica branch of the Detroit, Lansing and Northern R.R., extending from Alma to Ithica.
post 1892 - AA expands car ferry service to the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan cities of Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Menominee, and Manistique.
1925 - Wabash Railway acquires the Ann Arbor Railroad.
1939 - Ann Arbor Railroad Bankruptcy.
1963 - Wabash sells the Ann Arbor to the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad.
1968 - Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad and Ann Arbor car ferry operations from Manistique cease.
1976 - The Ann Arbor ceased its previous operations but various operations continue.
2007 - The Ann Arbor Acquisition Co. operates between Toledo and Ann Arbor. The Great Lakes Central Railroad operates the line from Ann Arbor to Yuma, Michigan. Some sections from Yuma to Frankfort and Elberta have been abandoned.

History of the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad
1872 - Chicago Lumber Co. acquires land in Schoolcraft Co. Michigan (Upper Peninsula).
1891- Manistique and Northwestern Railway Company incorporated by Chicago Lumber Co. interests.
1895 - Construction begins. Northern terminus is Negaunee.
1898 - M&NW completed to Shingleton.
1902 - Manistique, Marquette and Northern Railroad Company is incorporated to acquire all of the assets of the Manistique and Northwestern Railway for $1.5 million.
1902 - Manistique and Northwestern Railway launches the railroad car ferry the Manistique Marquette and Northern No. 1 to operate between Manistique and Northport, Michigan.
1904 - Manistique and Northwestern Railway, now bankrupt, is acquired by the Pere Marquette Railroad.
1905 - The Pere Marquette Railroad itself is now bankrupt; the Manistique, Marquette and Northern Railroad is sold at a mortgage sale to the Union Trust Company, of Detroit, Michigan.
1908 - The Manistique and Northern Railroad Company is incorporated to acquire the assets of the Manistique, Marquette and Northern Railroad
1909 - Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad Company is incorporated to acquire the assets of the Manistique, Marquette and Northern Railroad from the Union Trust Company and the Ann Arbor Railroad Company for $1.00.
1911 - The Ann Arbor Railroad buys the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad.
1919 - Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad operated by the USRA.,
1941 - Passenger operations on the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad ended.
1952 - M&LS buys first diesel-electric switcher and is retiring steam locomotives.
1968 - Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad and Ann Arbor car ferry operations from Manistique cease.

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Our Sources
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Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia [web](wik)
Official Guide- Various editions
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