Even if all the rail lines and a train ferry were still in existence and in use (to get from Trout Lake-St. Ignace-Mackinaw City-Cheboygan-Gaylord), I bet it would take the railroads 3 to 4 days minimum to move cars between Gwinn and Gaylord. The trucker probably can make the trip one way in 5 to 6 hours easy, weather permitting. Iím guessing by rail it would have taken at least one day Gwinn to Gladstone, then another train and a day to get to Trout Lake, then another day and train to get to St. Ignace, ferry across the Straits, then interchange at Mackinaw City to be hauled south to Gaylord (and continue directly southward as being routed now). Depending on the frequency of service on each of the four rail segments and on the ferry, it conceivably could take a week just to move the approx. 250 miles between Gwinn and Gaylord, if rail service still existed along that routing.
« Back to index