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Hugh A. Hornstein is a railroad enthusiast with a special interest in the railroad carferries of the Great Lakes and railroads of the Upper Peninsula. Hornstein is an Emeritus Professor of Muskegon Co...Click here for more information.
"The Haywire," a railroad more properly known as the Manistique
Lake Superior Railroad for much of its existence, was one of what
Willis Dunbar called the "Little Fellows." In its earliest days
it was the product of a New York visionary who saw a bright future
for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Builders laid track through
gloomy swamps, heavy forests, and treacherous muskegs. During its
three-quarters of a century of existence, the railroad carried iron
ores, lumber, pulpwood, alcoholic beverages, and livestock. Having
limited passenger accommodations, it carried them in both passenger
cars as well as cabooses, in rail-mounted motor cars, and, even, on
occasion, in the locomotive cabs. Briefly, it even carried passengers
on its own railroad car ferry.
"This attractive volume traces the 77-year history of this interesting Upper Peninsula short line operation....an oustanding job...both author and publisher are to be commended...." - The Michigan Railfan
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