CENTRAL MICHIGAN operates 70 miles of former Grand Trunk Western and New York Central track from Owosso through Durrand and Saginaw to Bay City, Michigan, since 1987. No.8902, a former Missouri Pacific General Electric U23B with a EMD cab fitted as a wreck repair, is seen at Grayling MI on the Detroit & Mackinaw which initially owned the Central Michigan. 12 September 1990. - mike-walker
Shortlines are those small companies which toil away on branch and secondary lines providing a vital link between customers and the big main line roads. Some have been in business since their lines were built others have come about by taking on lines the big boys deemed uneconomic. Whilst some shortlines use locos still bearing the faded colours of former owners, many have impressive, colourful paint schemes. As with most things, the shortline world is changing as a few conglomerates sweep up the independents.