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LSRC receives $8.67M federal grant – Choo Choo

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A railroad company that has been operating across parts of northeast Michigan for nearly three decades is receiving a federal grant of approximately $8.7 million for improvements.

Lake State Railway Company (LSRC) is a progressive short line railroad that has been providing transportation in Michigan since 1992.

The railway company will use the large grant to improve infrastructure and safety on its approximate 375 miles of railroad tracks, which run from Plymouth through its headquarters in Saginaw, up to Gaylord and Alpena. Lines also run to Midland, Bay City, and Paines.

Congressmen Jack Bergman, John Moolenaar and Dan Kildee announced the grant award.

“Railways are vital to the First District’s economy, and it’s important that we bring Michigan’s infrastructure into the 21st Century,” said Bergman.

Lake State Railway Company was created by the late Jim George in 1992 when he acquired the railroad lines previously operated by Detroit & Mackinac Railway Company (D&M).

Grain, fertilizer, coal, chemicals, aggregates, cement, steel, and scrap metal are just a few of the commodities that are transported along the Lake State lines.