The Little Railroad that Could
The announcement of new management quickly revived talk of the Great Lakes Central's hope to develop passenger service from Howell--a project stymied, among other things, by the AAAC's lack of interest. But McKechnie provided little encouragement--he doubted Watco would want its tracks used for passenger service, even if "someone else provides it. But I'll listen to what people have to say."
Supporters of an Allen Creek Greenway have also eyed the railroad right-of-way as a potential pedestrian and bike path through town. McKechnie said flatly, "People and trains don't mix. Safety is my primary concern." But, again, he said he'd listen to proposals.