Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway

Lake Shore And Michigan Southern Railway

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The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, sometimes referred to as the Lake Shore, was a major part of the New York Central Railroad's Water Level Route from Buffalo, NY to Chicago, primarily along the south shore of Lake Erie (in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio) and across northern Indiana. The line is still a major corridor, split at Cleveland by CSX and Norfolk Southern in 1998, and hosts Amtrak passenger trains.


Early history: 1835-1869

Toledo to Chicago
On April 22, 1833 the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad<!--needs to be a separate article, as it outlasted the LS&MS--> was chartered in the Territory of Michigan to run from Toledo on Lake Erie northwest to Adrian on the River Raisin. The Toledo War soon gave about 1/3 of the route to Ohio. Trains commenced operating, pulled by horses, on November 2, 1836, the horses being replaced by a steam locomotive, Adrian No. 1, in August 1837.

The Buffalo and Mississippi Railroad was chartered in Indiana on February 6, 1835 to run from Buffalo, NY to the Mississippi River. The name was changed February 6, 1837 to the Northern Indiana Railroad, which would run from the eastern border of Indiana west to Michigan......
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