Location / Name:
Ferndale & Royal Oak MI, Oakland County (NW suburbs of Detroit)
CN's Ferndale Yard
Amtrak Royal Oak Station
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 313
Access by train/transit:
Tucked away on the northwest side of Detroit is this CN, ex Grand Trunk yard.
A little north of the yard in Royal Oak, is an Amtrak station, which sits
near the site of the old GTW station.
The map is condensed between 696 and the top. I
wasn't planning on a visit, but on the weekend preceding the Owosso Train
Festival, they had a truck fire on 75 which closed it to traffic, and this
yard was on the detour!
Fox 2 Detroit
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....
Via I-75 northbound: take exit 60 and follow the exit road to 9 Mile Rd, and
take a left. Go to Hilton Rd, and take a left, this will put you at
the north end of the yard, with signals to your north for good pix of SB
Like wise for SB I-75, exit 60, but take a right at 9 Mile Rd.
For the south end of the yard, you can get off at 8 Mile Rd, however, access
for photos is difficult if not impossible without crawling onto railroad
GPS Coordinates: 42.446774, -83.112811
This bridge not only serves the tracks, but provides the southern entrance
to the yard, coming off of 8 Mile Rd on the EB (eastbound) side.
There are three sets of tracks on the bridge, and there may have been
Over I-696 / Ferndale
GPS Coordinates: 42.475753, -83.136436
Over 11 Mile Road / Royal Oak
GPS Coordinates: 42.489686, -83.147924
Most of the small bridges going over a 2/3 lane road are of the same design,
and all look like one another.
Oh yea, if you watch(ed) that TV show about the pawn shop in
Detroit (American Jewelry and Loan), it is just to the left on the map off of 8
Mile Lane, where it crosses over 10, the John C Lodge Freeway.
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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
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