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Re: MIGN carloadings
Posted by Alex Huff on 12/26/2014, 12:45 am, in reply to "MIGN carloadings"
Alanson did not have a spur by the time MIGN started. The depot had been sold to a woman who ran an antique store. My memory is she had purchased a caboose on display in Harbor Springs and parked it just north of the Alanson depot. She sold the cabin (in PRR parlance) to a private party who lived south of Grand Rapids as I recall. MIGN took it south on its own wheels tacked on the rear of the train. The proprieties must be observed. The only other time MIGN moved a train with a caboose was when it handled the Michigan Artrain which had its own caboose.
Trivia- the woman told me that when she married, the waiters were a PRR dining car crew that was laying over at Mackinaw City. It was a regular way for the men to pick up extra money.
More trivia- She had one of only two GR&I marked pieces of china I have ever seen. Had the GR&I circular logo, with Grand Rapids & Indiana around the upper portion, The Fishing Line around the bottom with a trout leaping out of the water in the center. She probably had it fairly priced, in today's dollars it would have been above $400.00
Missaukee Junction- the connection with the bankrupt Cadillac & Lake City. All cars would have been gons of scrap rail plus the 1930 Westinghouse-Baldwin #B-71. The locomotive went to Jonesville, MI to a private owner.
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