The Northern Arrow Doesn’t Run Here Anymore

I’m standing on the former right of way of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, which was part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system.

The view is looking north toward Lynn, Indiana. That is U.S. 27 to the right.

The paint has long since worn off this rather substantial PRR milepost and after inspecting it I can see why the workers who pulled up the rails years ago left it in place.

At one time, these tracks hosted the Northern Arrow, a seasonal service that ran to Mackinaw City, Michigan, and served the resort territory on the west side of the state.

It carried through cars for Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati. In its final years of operation, the Northern Arrow did not operate daily.

It began its last northbound trek on Sept. 1, 1961, and its final southbound journey on Sept. 4.

The Northern Arrow was the last passenger train on this segment of the GR&I.

The GR&I route between Richmond and Fort Wayne also at times hosted the Chicago-Florida Southland. It was moved off this route in 1950.

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