Hi Crew, A while back I asked about modeling a “real” industry. I am getting closer to bench work on that new section. I’ve done some research on the road and era I wish to model, and the industries associated with it. Below are my notes to date. The problem is I’m not sure I trust my assumptions. I also feel like I need more pictures and info. So, if you have some time, please look at what I’ve found so far, add to it, and especially correct me if I am off track. Thanks, ___________________________________________________ MICHIGAN ALKALI (MA) FACTS SHEET 05/08/06 MA FORMED IN 1890 IN WYANDOTTE, MA FOUNDER WAS GLASS MAKER JOHN BAPTISTE FORD. 1900 DETROIT TO MACKINAW adds a terminal line to a Quarry in Alpena. 1902 MA purchases Alpena quarries. Probable road to carry raw materials from Alpena to Wyandotte; Detroit and Mackinac, Pere Marquette and/or NYC Probable road to carry Wyandotte Chlorine tankers and other products from Wyandotte; 1920’s Michigan Central, Pennsy, Lake Shore and Southern MI And later….. 1940’s PM, NYC, GTW Two switching/terminal lines are incorporated in Wyandotte in the 1900’s… http://www.railroadmichigan.com/detroitareashortlines.html http://gelwood.railfan.net/misc-w/wdso-d101ads.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/misc-w/wyan104.jpg Switchers in the 1940’s; GE 450 Baldwin VO 660 Baldwin DS 4-4-660 http://gelwood.railfan.net/dm/dm.html http://gelwood.railfan.net/dm/dm468w.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/dm/dm1654.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/dm/dm5016amb.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/dm/dm6101adm.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/misc-m/mlsc102ads.jpg http://gelwood.railfan.net/nyc/nyc8478ads.jpg http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Pictures/Photos/021-025/Photo022B.htm http://knorek.com/RR/SAA/DetroitLine/GTWRiverSpur.htm After the Great Depression eased up some, chemical and steel factories sprung up in and around the community of Wyandotte. In 1937 DT&I built Ford Yard there to accommodate this new business. It also facilitated interchange with the New York Central and Wyandotte Southern railroads. MICHIGAN ALKALI CO.