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Admittedly, there is not a whole lot in Albion to make the railfan come here for a trip by itself, but if you are going to be travelling the I94 corridor, it is certainly worth the stop.
The station was built in 1882 by the Michigan Central, which also built the still standing freight shed. It was abandoned in 1971 when Amtrak took over, and later "fixed-up" in the 1980's by local community groups.
The freight shed currently houses a restaurant called Davan's.
Today the depot services 6 trains a day, going between Detroit (Pontiac) and Chicago. According to most sources, the Albion station has the lowest "ridership" in Michigan, with an average of 4 riders. The station is used by Amtrak's Wolverine, and has only one stop a day for each direction. The depot serves as a terminus for both Amtrak and bus service.
On the west side of town, there are some typically Amtrak "tri-light" (triangular shaped) style colorlight signals.
And for you fire fighters out there, the area's volunteer company is on the "other" side of the tracks from the depot.
Aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps (it used to be maps.live.com).
The snap-shots off of Bing are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! Give it a try!
My RSUS philosophy: Pictures (oh yea, my maps too) are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take along good maps (or a GPS). I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and consise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
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Albion is very convenient to I94 using exit 121... then head south on Eaton, it takes you right to the depot. Jackson is 18 miles to the east. Albion is about 98 miles west of Detroit, and 23 miles east of Kalamazoo.
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The Amtrak Station
More information at:
A little history is at: http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Stations/CountyStations/CalhounStations/Albion/AlbionMI.htm
the Freight Shed
Albion Public Safety Station #1
Here are a few aerial shots to give you an idea of what there is around town. Pictures from bing.com/maps.
The next two are the sidings and spurs on the west side of town.
Signals on the west side of town
The signals are easily accessed from North Albion Street.
Looking east from the signals, the left track goes up behind the freight shed, and the right track is a (pretty much unused) siding.
Signals west of town
I haven't been here, but it appears that there are interlocking signals for the 1:2 interlocking, adjacent to 25 1/2 Mile Road coming off I-94 exit 119. NEW
It appears that the "tri-light" style colorlight signals have been replaced by standard three head darth-vader style colorlight signals.
Also looks like they eliminated the 25-1/2 St grade crossing (gates removed, but the equipment cabinet still remains), and changed the name to Starr Commonwealth Rd.
Pictures from Google's streetview, some from 2012 before the signal replacement.
Signals east of town
These pictures are from Google's Streetview, don't have any of my own. Looks like these might have been searchlight signals, because the WB signal has two heads, the EB only one.
Last Modified 05-Jul-2016