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Re: MIGN QUESTIONS
Posted by Alex Huff
on 1/26/2015, 10:21 am, in reply to "MIGN QUESTIONS
Michigan Northern was named by its first president, Mark G. Campbell. Michigan Northern Rail Research Associates was a fairly loosely knit group sparkplugged by Mark back in late 1972. My first correspondence with them was in early 1973. The initial intent of the group was to replicate the recently failed Cadillac & Lake City Railway on the PC's Traverse City branch. Steam excursion plus Diesel powered freight. Some consideration was given to acquiring an 0-6-0 on private property just north of Reed City. It was then owned by a restaurant chain that was setting up railroad themed emporiums of fine dining, a rather short lived phenomenon. I believe the locomotive has been relocated in Michigan. My brother and I actually did buy a small 2-6-2 with a home made whale back tender for this still born Michigan Northern. It is now a display item in front of a casino in Kansas City. That was our only venture in external combustion power. It was never close to operational during our short period of ownership. It might be considered MIGN's first locomotive, in the sense it was acquired for that purpose.