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Ann Arbor Railroad (1988)

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Ann Arbor Railroad (1988)

Ann Arbor Railroad
Reporting mark AA
Locale Michigan and Ohio
Dates of operation 1988–present
Predecessor Michigan Interstate Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 50 miles (80 km)
Headquarters Howell, Michigan

The Ann Arbor Railroad (reporting mark AA) is a Class III shortline railroad that operates 50 miles (80 km) of railroad from Toledo to Ann Arbor in the lower peninsula of Michigan and northernmost tip of Ohio. The main route from Toledo to Ann Arbor was once part of the original Ann Arbor Railroad that ran from Toledo to Frankfort. The current AA began operations on the 7th of October, 1988, as the successor to the Michigan Interstate Railway Company. The AA was an independent shortline railroad until the 26th of January, 2013, when the holding company, AAAC, was purchased by WATCO.[1]


The current day AA operates approximately 50 miles or 80 kilometres of the former Ann Arbor Railroad (1895-1976) from Ottawa Yard in Toledo to an interchange with the Great Lakes Central Railroad just north of Ann Arbor in Osmer. The railroad operates a branch line from Pittsfield to Saline that is part of the former New York Central Railroad's Ypsilanti-Hillsdale route. The majority of the AA's freight traffic includes shipments of sand and grain interchanged with the GLC and automotive related freight traffic. The Saline Industrial Lead originates automotive parts manufactured by Faurecia. In Toledo, the AA ships outbound finished vehicles from Chrysler's Toledo Complex and from a distribution lot located off of Manhattan Boulevard.

Locomotive Roster

Manufacturer/Type Number Notes
7770, 7771, 7791, 7802
7770 off the roster in 1990; 7771 and 7791 sold to LTEX as 3811 and 3812, in mid-2012; 7802 is still active

All units have Conrail heritage.

EMD GP39-2
2368, 2370, 3273
2368 and 2373 delivered in 2003; 2370 acquired from New England Southern Railroad in December 2011

All units have MKT/Union Pacific heritage

EMD GP40-3
1337 acquired from LTEX in December 2011

Has Conrail and Union Pacific heritage



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External links

  • Official Ann Arbor Website
  • Watco's Ann Arbor Website
  • Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association
  • Ann Arbor Railroad Railfan Guide
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