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Re: Former Track Arrangement at Howell
Posted by Jim Chapman on 2/15/2017, 7:40 am, in reply to "Re: Former Track Arrangement at Howell"
There are a couple things I find interesting with the track chart. The current main and siding arrangement is the same as it has since the Chessie days. The line in Red that is on the top of the mainline and has been completely removed is the line that would have passed the now Livingston Feed and Seed. It shows as crossing Dearborn St as well, which means it likely went into the property of the City of Howell (or what is now their property). This is the maintenance property for the city, and is also a hangout for Howell Police (as I witnessed yesterday).
The line to the bottom of the page which has been cut back to Dearborn St is the line that I think went to the old depot. The only thing I've ever seen on this spur is MOW equipment.
I also find it interesting that they showed a crossing at Fowler St. This cross has long since been removed as Fowler St dead ends at the tracks. I suspect the crossing was similar to the crossing of Michigan Ave and had a very steep approach on the roads, making it a dangerous crossing. There is a significant elevation difference between the tracks and Fowler St. The other issue is this had to be an intersection or very sharp turn right after crossing the tracks, as the road on the south side of the tracks basically runs parallel to the tracks.
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