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What comes to your mind when you think of Battle Creek.... Cereal?.... it should, for the majority of America's cereal comes from here.  Norfolk Southern and Canadian National service the cereal business in town, and through trains come thru with fair regularity.

As far as surviving stations go, there is an ex Grand Trunk Western depot still standing over in the triangle of Main, Yuba, and Bennett.  In downtown, Clara's Restaurant occupies the ex Michigan Central depot built in 1888.

I found a bunch of really nice photos from Battle Creek's history at the Willard Library's site:
http://www.willard.lib.mi.us/historical/bcphotos/railroads/index.htm

On my latest visit to Battle Creek in 2011, I had limited time, and did not get to visit the GTW yard :-(  If anyone wants to share their photos from there, please email me.  Signal replacement had already started.

In December of 2016, Jack Prange II wrote to inform me that signal replacement is complete, so the searchlight signals have been replaced by the (now) all to common "darth vader" color light signals.

Thanks to J. Maloney for help preparing this page.

Aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps.  The screen captures from Bing are made with Snagit, a Techsmith  product...

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   The Amtrak Station

The Battle Creek Amtrak station, in 2011, was under construction as part of an upgrade to an area transportation center.  All of the pictures here are from 2011 except for the 2015 set from Denver Todd.

        The new transportation center being built

              Battle Creek Transportation Center in 2015, courtesy Denver Todd

          A passing CN freight

      The temporary facility, which also handles Greyhound.

    Crossing gates on McCamly, between the two stations


   Clara's Restaurant, the ex Michigan Central Depot

           

             

            If you're from B'more, you'll know "Natty Boh"

       Photos courtesy Denver Todd

  Postcard from Clara's on the River


   The ex Grand Trunk Western Depot

The vintage pictures are from the library's website.  There is now a hedge line between the depot and the tracks, so pictures of the depot with a train is not possible.  Good shots of afternoon EB and morning WB trains can be had from here.

More info on this depot at: http://www.caascm.org/showcases/1

             

       The medium clear is for the Wolverine

       The EB Wolverine, train #350, it will get into Pontiac around 3pm, it's now about 11:15am

    Crossing gates on Main Street in front of the station

             Photos courtesy Denver Todd

 


   The Kellogg Plant

   


   Hinman Yard

This yard is located across from the gigantic Kellogg plant on Porter St.

          Mile marker by the yard


   GTW/CN's Battle Creek Yard


   the Ralston Purina Cereal Plant

 


   the Post Cereal Plant

Crossing gates and signals in front of the Post Plant

   


 Signals


Two sets of signals located at the mainline split for EB traffic.  Almost all of the signals in town are mounted on cantilever bridges, as these are.

     


 

First set of signals for WB traffic after passing the Amtrak station.

     


 

Between the two sets of signals above is this pair of signals for EB traffic.  I need a detail picture of it if anyone is in the area.


 

For EB traffic, across from the Amtrak Station, and next to Capitol Ave SW

  Looks like these signals have been removed by the time I visited in 2011 :-(


 

Two sets on individual masts for EB traffic and a double set on a cantilever bridge for WB's next to Capitol Ave SW
I'm taking a guess that the EB signals here replaced the two cantilevered signals at location #4

               

         Shots of the signals (& crossing gates) from E Fountain St

   Pictures of the signals taken from the temporary station location

    A no left turn signal for trucks coming out of the plant onto E Fountain St

  Grade crossing gates at Capitol Ave

 
In the picture above, you can see the supports being installed for the new signals.  Taken from Fountain St, courtesy Jack Prange II.


 

For GT/CN trains leaving the yard and heading west.  A couple more pix below.

   


 

Two sets of signals here.  A single mast mounted signal for trains inbound to the yard, and two sets on a cantilever for outbounds.

         


 


Floobydust


1903 Firehouse

This cool example of early 1900's architecture is on the west side of town, on Kendall just off Dickman.  Too bad Bing doesn't do birds eye views in Battle Creek :-(  If you take a walk around the building and look in the windows, you will see a very early fire alarm telegraph.

           

       

  Typical of Battle Creek fire hydrants


Battle Creek Police Department HQ

The Battle Creek police headquarters is at North Division St and John W Patterson Way

     

 

AND, speaking of the police department in Battle Creek, on Sunday March the 1st, 2015, CBS had it's debut of Battle Creek, a new cop show.  Unlike other shows, I don't know if it is filmed in Battle Creek as many others are, but at least in the opening credits, they feature two clips of trains, which because of the cantilever signal bridge, certainly could have been filmed in Battle Creek.  I wonder when they will have a story about a Cereal Killer? :-).......

   

 


No time for set-up, Denver caught the Wolverine coming thru around 2:00PM on February 28th, 2015.

     


Last but not least, a few busses caught around town

 





Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.



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