In General
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In General

Location / Name:
Bay City MI, Bay County

What's Here:
Lake State RR
Huron and Eastern RR
Three Yards
Two Wyes
Two Swing Bridges

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 989
ZIP: 48701

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Bay City hosts three yards, two belong to the Lake State RR, and the other to the Huron and Eastern (formerly Central of Michigan).

There are also two swing bridges, and three wyes, altho one of them has had one of it's legs "cut" off.

Waiting for trains to go over the bridges may take more patience than you have, so a stop to the yards for some info may prove to be worthwhile - if anyone is around.

Note: Bing Maps no longer has a "birds eye view" for Bay City :-(

Denver Todd
Google Maps
Bing Maps

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:


For the above map in a PDF format, click here


  Lake State RR

I haven't caught anything running on the few trips I have been to Bay City, but then, for some reason, I almost always seem to come thru during the weekends.

From their website: Lake State Railway Company was created by the vision of the late Jim George in 1992 when he acquired the railroad lines previously operated by Detroit & Mackinac Railway Company (D&M). His passion for expanding the railroad and providing exceptional freight transportation services is what brought these lines from being nearly abandoned, to being a successful railroad.

In 2005, LSRC acquired rail property from CSX in the Saginaw, Michigan area. These lines were operated under the name Saginaw Bay Southern Railway (SBS) until January 2012, when LSRC merged these two companies together under the name Lake State Railway Company. In April 2012, SBS interchanges and railroad accounting practices were converted to LSRC, completing the consolidation. Consistent investment in rail infrastructure, equipment and facilities has positioned LSRC to continue to expand its' business. To drive this continuous improvement, LSRC has developed a rolling five-year track maintenance and improvement plan.

Grain, fertilizer, coal, chemicals, aggregates, cement, steel, and scrap metal are just a few of the commodities that are transported along the lines. LSRC continues to be a consistently profitable railroad and shows a high priority to maintaining and improving its' rail infrastructure. LSRC strives to maintain a proactive position towards safe operations.


Above: Looking in from Wilder Road, and what you can see from there... Not much here, and their track ends on the other side of the yard... I guess they lost their customers up there.  Below: The Lake State shops.

 The Lake State radio freqs

A few pictures from Google Streetview, taken from Wilder Rd.

  Huron & Eastern RR

On the day we were there, there was quite a collection of equipment sitting around.... In addition to the H&E stuff, there were still a few geeps painted CM hanging around, as well as a few units in Rail America and Central Oregon and Pacific, and a couple of "B" units, which today are really rare.... A great break from the big class one's!  NOTE: #4065 below is a cabless "B" unit - pretty rare these days - maybe it's a leftover from the Santa Fe?

I finally managed to snag a train coming into town on my last visit in 2011.  I was headed out of town filling the tank on truck when I heard the unmistakable sound of trains at a crossing (yeah, I know, it could be a truck), but I took a chance and drove back into the southern part of town where I was delightfully surprised by the train below.



Three aerial views of the Huron & Eastern yard, and the frequencies.

  The Park off State Street

The park used to sport a wye, but one side of it has been removed.  It must still be pretty cool to see a freight come through if you're there for a game (of course, the baseball fans might not think so :-)


  Small Yard off Woodside - Lake State

If you don't know where this yard is, you can go right on past it when driving down Woodside Ave.  You can usually find a lone engine sitting here.


Bridges and Tunnels

  the "Western" Swing Bridge along Woodside Ave and the Wye Approach

GPS Coordinates: 43.60536, -83.88964
Adjacent to Vermont Street / Woodside Avenue
The sidewalk on Liberty bridge affords an excellent view of the bridge and a train going over it if you can catch one!


  the "Eastern" Swing Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 43.61295, -83.85700


  H&E Bridge / Linwood

GPS Coordinates: 43.65395, -83.94407

Abandoned and Removed Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 43.65280, -83.89412
A couple of houses have been built on what used to be the right-of-way


For the signal fan, sorry, not much happening in town :-(  However, if we go back up to the small yard at #5, we can find what is leftover of a signal from days past.....  A number of years ago, I had a gentleman in England send me a CD with pictures of Tilting Target signals he had taken here in the U.S. (click here for the page they are on).  One of them was in Bay City.  I looked all over for it, and never saw it until I emailed him, and he told me where it was.  Well, if you look to the left in the picture on the left, you will just barely make out that very same signal.  I need some new glasses I guess.  Well, maybe next year I can stop by again and get my own pictures (dunno why, John did an excellent job).... All of the photos below are by John except for the one on the left.

Tilting Target

GPS Coordinates: 43.61101, -83.85754
Off Atlantic St via Woodside Lane


At least, as of 2012, the Tilting Target was still there.....

Fire and Police

Charter Township of Bangor Fire Dept

This station is on E Wheeler Rd, at State Park Dr.



Bay Metro Transit Shops

I got lost and came across this by accident, I guess someone was watching over me.....  I don't know if they have another facility or not.  It is on N Johnson St, off Woodside where you come over the river on the Truman Pkwy.


Unusual Turn Signals

These are at the junction of Tierman Rd and E Wilder Rd.  Looks like things haven't changed in 10 years.





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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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