GPS Coordinates: 42.36801, -83.07234
11 West Baltimore Avenue, Detroit MI 48202
The current station was built in 1994, as a replacement for the Michigan
Central station, which had closed in 1988. Michigan DOT bought a 3.1
acre sight from General Motors in 1994 for $889,000 to build the station.
The Q-Line streetcar system, which opened in 2017, has a nearby stop across
Formally dedicated on January 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until
the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. The station building consists of
a train depot and an office tower with thirteen stories, two mezzanine levels, and a
roof height of 230 feet (70 m).
The former Michigan Central Rwy Tunnel between the U.S. and Canada opened in 1910, it is also known as the
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Detroit River Railroad Tunnel.
From the GeoCatching page:
Construction on the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel began in October 1906, and the tunnel opened for trains
on July 1910, 20 years before the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel opened. The tunnel is approximately 1.6 miles long
and it cost over $8 million to build. The New York Central Railway’s engineering vice president, William
J. Wilgus oversaw the construction. In 1906, the tunnel was operated by the Michigan Central Railroad. In
1968 the tunnel passed from the New York Central Railroad to Penn Central, and in 1976 to Conrail. In 1985,
Conrail sold the tunnel to the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, with each getting
a half share. In early 2000 CN agreed to sell its stake to Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust
(a venture of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) and use only the St. Clair Tunnel. CP
and Borealis vested the tunnel into the new Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, and plans were announced
to construct a new railway tunnel and convert the existing railway tunnel to a two-lane free flow
truckway for transport trucks to alleviate pressure at the other nearby international border crossings
(Ambassador Bridge, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel).
Pictures that have a stairway between the two portals are taken on the U.S.
side - pictures with dwarf signals at the exit of the two portals
and an over passing railroad line are taken on the Canadian side.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
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!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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