The Ann Arbor Railroad


With a mainline that originated in the industrial port city of Toledo, Ohio, the Ann Arbor Railroad stretched northwest in a diagonal line across the length of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan to reach Frankfort and adjacent Elberta, where its tracks terminated on the shore of Lake Michigan.  From its Elberta facility, the Ann Arbor blended trains and Great Lakes car ferries to operate a unique transportation system that survived for nearly a century.