Vicksburg Historical Society

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Vicksburg Railroad History

1847 - Present

North-South:

Grand Rapids & Indiana, Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Railroad, Conrail


East-West:

Peninsular, Grand Trunk Railway, Grand Trunk Western, Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation

A Chronology

1847 - The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway received a land grant to build a north-south line through Vicksburg.


1870 - The last rail was spiked between Kalamazoo and Vicksburg, as work from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Vicksburg was completed. A frame depot was erected, which later burned and was replaced by today’s structure.

 

1872 - The Peninsular Railroad, later to become the Grand Trunk, put through an east-west line, making Vicksburg a two-railroad town.


1920 - Grand Trunk operations were taken over by the Canadian National Railway System.


1922 - The Pennsylvania Railroad purchased the G. R. & I.


1968 - The last Pennsy passenger train stopped in town, and the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central to become the Penn Central.


1971 - The Last Grand Trunk Western passenger train stopped at the Depot.


1976 - The Penn Central merged into a new railroad known as Conrail.


1979 - Conrail discontinues service on tracks from Portage to Sturgis.


1998 - CSX Corporation acquires Conrail. Today, approximately 60 freight trains pass through Vicksburg during a 24-hour period.