The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon (GRGH&M) Railway used to be a part of a community of electrical railroads that unfold throughout southern Michigan within the early a part of the 20 th century. for almost 30 years, the railway attached Grand Rapids with Muskegon and Grand Haven at the Lake Michigan shore. the short and widespread carrier it provided reworked existence in Coopersville, Nunica, Berlin (now Marne), Fruitport, and different smaller groups alongside the best way. additionally, the railway and the boats of the Goodrich and Crosby steamship traces supplied an in a single day reference to Chicago and Milwaukee. relocating either humans and freight, this interurban had a big influence on either neighborhood and local economies. photographs of Rail: The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway strains the historical past of the electrical interurban in West Michigan, telling the tale of the expansion, operation, and eventual dying of a huge electrical railway within the area.
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There has been additionally a commuter carrier that ran among Coopersville and Grand Rapids every one morning and night. 39 Malone’s Crossing was once on the intersection of the interurban correct of approach and Eighty-eighth road. autos stopped the following if somebody was once ready or desired to get off. the guy within the picture is sitting on a platform outfitted to deal with luggage and freight. around the highway from the cease was once St. Michael’s Catholic Church. each one week, a clergyman took a motor vehicle from Grand Haven to the church to assert the mass. forty Car No. eight stands in entrance of the station in Nunica. because the interurban vehicles gone through Nunica on deepest correct of method instead of utilizing the town highway, the autos didn't change from 3rd rail to overhead energy. The 3rd rails are glaring on either the most line and at the station siding. Sidings have been used at stations and different destinations to permit vehicles to go or to sell off freight with no blockading the most line. Clarence Bond, the station agent, stands on the Nunica depot. first and foremost of the interurban period, Nunica was once a farming neighborhood served via the railroad. The hourly interurban trains opened the door to commuting. region citizens started to trip to Muskegon to paintings within the factories or to the neighboring city of Coopersville for procuring. forty-one At Grand Haven Junction, a department line headed south to Spring Lake and Grand Haven, whereas the most line endured to Fruitport and Muskegon. the auto at middle is at the Grand Haven department, able to head south. The junction was once a focus of the railway’s operations. each teach at the line stopped there. each one hour, 3 trains may meet: one headed west to Muskegon, one other headed east to Grand Rapids, and the 3rd traveled backward and forward to Grand Haven. Passengers can make connections for any vacation spot with no lengthy wait. An outdated streetcar physique, obvious at correct, served as a dispatching place of work through the summer season while site visitors was once at its top. (Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library. ) forty two In Fruitport, automobiles stopped at a station via Pomona Pavilion, a inn operated through the interurban corporation. the corporate outfitted the pavilion as a vacation spot for summer time actions resembling picnics and boating. teams may perhaps constitution a automobile for the journey to the pavilion. motor vehicle No. 15 stands at the station music, and the pavilion is within the historical past on Spring Lake. Fruitport used to be additionally the location of the line’s carbarn and store construction. the 1st tracks from the left are the store tracks. This part of the construction housed vehicles present process upkeep and service paintings. The 5 units of music at the correct have been garage tracks, the place vehicles have been stored out of the elements once they weren't in use. forty three In Muskegon Heights, autos stopped at a depot situated on Peck highway, a block south of McKinney (now Broadway). a number of hundred ft past this aspect, they entered the tracks of the Muskegon Traction and lighting fixtures corporation for the rest of the journey. during this picture, passengers are boarding vehicle No. 17, a passenger-baggage blend vehicle, headed east towards Grand Rapids.