August 27, 1950 As he did in 1946, Pres. Harry Truman seizes the nation’s railroads to prevent a strike, this time citing “national security” in the opening months of the Korean War.
Locomotive from 1964 New York World’s Fair
August 24, 1882 The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern leases the 97 mile Ft. Wayne, Jackson & Saginaw Railroad.
August 24, 1916 Due to several serious accidents caused by broken red lenses, the New York Central discontinues using white lights as an indication to proceed. The new color is green.
August 18, 1909 The Peoria & Eastern runs its first special passenger trains to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Indianapolis Union Station.
August 15, 1870 Michigan Central leases the Grand River Valley Railroad, running between Grand Rapids and Jackson MI.
August 15, 1909 The New York Central adds a Boston-Chicago car to the 20th Century Limited. The car is scheduled at 20 hours and 30 minutes.
August 13, 1905 As part of a statewide upgrading program, Michigan Central opens the “Miller Cut-off” between Kalamazoo and Lawton MI. Amtrak now owns the segment.
August 14, 1869 The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern acquires the Schoolcraft & Three Rivers and the Kalamazoo & Schoolcraft railroads. It joins the companies and changes the name to the Kalamazoo & White Pigeon. The K&WP will remain an extant company in the New York Central System and in Penn Central. It will be dissolved with the formation of Conrail in 1976.
August 14, 1879 The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern buys the Chicago & Canada Southern.
August 14, 1924 The New York Central tests a GE Diesel-electric locomotive. The locomotive succeeds in starting a train of 93 cars [empties? loads? a mix?] on level track.
August 14, 1928 Interurban passenger service Kalamazoo – Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids – Battle Creek via Gull Lake ends. The line has been operated by Michigan Central since June.
August 10, 1844 The Central Railroad of Michigan reaches Marshall from the east.
August 10, 1858 Amasa Stone of Cleveland, a pro-New York Central figure, is elected President of the Cleveland, Painesville & Ashtabula Railroad. He is credited with bringing the Lake Shore line into the NYC camp and blocking the western expansion of the Erie.
August 9, 1831 The “DeWitt Clinton” makes its first regular run on the Mohawk & Hudson (later NYC) between Albany and Schenectady, opening the first railroad in New York State. The locomotive eventually proves to be too light, and teams of horses will pull most M&H trains.