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CADILLAC MI
 

In General
Getting Here
Map
Sights
Floobydust

 

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In General

Tucked away in the middle of Michigan is Cadillac.  Not much going on here today, but there is a depot definitely worthy of a stopover, in addition to a warehouse and the remnants of two yards.

If anyone had info on the train service to Cadillac, please let me know.  Contact info is here......  Thanks!


Getting Here

Cadillac is not quite as convenient to get to as most of the other cities around Michigan.

The main highway in and out of Cadillac is US131.  Going north out of Cadillac, it takes you up to Kalkaska, and going south on it takes you to Grand Rapids where you can finally get on an interstate.

Heading NW out of town on MI115, will take you to the coast, passing MI37, which if you go north on it, will take you into Traverse City.


Map



The above map in a PDF 


Sights


   1      Depot

The above aerial shot shows the depot in the lower right hand corner, and the freight shed in the upper left hand corner.

                 

        


   2      Freight Shed

                       

Last used by the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay, it doesn't look like much is going on here.  The track view is looking south towards the depot.


   3      Cadillac Soo Lumber Co Shay Loco #1

                          


Grade Crossing at Dresden St

     


Grade Crossing at Lake and Cass, by the depot

                     

     


  

Not sure of this buildings heritage, but it looks suspiciously like a railroad building, about a half a block east of the depot on Cass.


Floobydust


  Mile post 227, adjacent to the depot

      Billboard promoting 9000 carloads of products produced annually, from another era....


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Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps 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.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  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 concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

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