Detroit Street Railways V3 – When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails – CERA Bulletin #123 is the third book about the history of Detroit’s Street Railways. Detroit’s Street Railways Volume 2 – CERA Bulletin #120 was the second book about the history of Detroit’s Railways. This book covers the period 1922-1956. Detroit’s Street Railways Volume I covers the street railways in Detroit from their inception in 1863 to municipalization in 1922. This book was published in 1978.
The rise of the interurban in eastern Michigan was meteoric and the fall was just as fast. During the height of the interurban network the interurbans branched out from Detroit in all directions and consisted of 514 miles of main line. This was the largest system in the United States. But between the State of Michigan encouraging the spread of competing bus lines and the largest industry in the state, automobile manufacturing, Detroit United Lines and their affiliates were an early bankruptcy.
Detroit Street Railways V3 – When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails – CERA Bulletin #123 covers much more than the Detroit-Pontiac-Flint-Bay City corridor. The authors also write about the Detroit United Lines bus affiliates and the railway operations through the Detroit River Tunnel. There is a chapter in the book about the history of the Grand Trunk Western steam commuter line. At the end of the book is a roster of the various divisions. There is also a chronological listing of the important historical dates for the Detroit United Lines.
The publisher of this book is the Central Electric Railfan’s Association (CERA) was formed 1938. The CERA encourages the study of the history, equipment, and operations of urban, suburban, interurban and main line electric railways. This book Detroit Street Railways V3 – When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails – CERA Bulletin #123 is published by the organization. A number of those publications are available on this site. Meetings are also held monthly by the organization in Chicago, IL. More information about the CERA is available at www.cera-chicago.org/.
Detroit Street Railways V3– When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails – CERA Bulletin #123 is a comprehensive history of the Detroit United Lines. Railfans, interurban fans and streetcar fans will enjoy this book.