The Little Railroad that Could
What do they carry? Major loads are coal, auto parts, grain, and plastics.
Where does it go? Only fifty miles, from Toledo to a siding just north of Ann Arbor, where it transfers cars to the Great Lakes Central and picks up southbound freight from them.
Any malfunctions? Rarely. Last year an embankment washout closed Plymouth Road; a derailment in 1972 at Liberty strewed coal from twenty-five cars onto the street; and in 1904 two spans of the Huron railroad bridge gave way and dumped thirteen freight cars into the river. Parts of them are still there.
[Originally published in March, 2013.]