At one time, the Northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan was served by three railroads- the Chesapeake and Ohio (nee-Pere Marquette and Manistee and Northeastern), the Pennsylvania Railroad (nee-Grand Rapids and Indiana Ry.), and the New York Central (nee-Michigan Central). Upon the collapse of the Penn Central and formation of Conrail in 1976, the State of Michigan attempted to maintain rail service to this area by the creation of the Michigan Northern Railway, which ran trains on state owned trackage from Comstock Park up to Mackinac City, where it made a connection with the Soo Line via the Chief Wawatam carferry. The MN got started with a motley collection of discarded Alcos and Baldwin locomotives, with the most celebrated being the Baldwin RF-16 Sharks. Business was brisk, albeit not profitable during the late 1970's as the MN took advantage of a loophole that garnered them a significant amount of southbound lumber traffic from the Pacific Northwest. These flagout trains ran through Michigan's Upper Peninsula and across the Straits on the Chief Wawatam. Eventually this traffic dried up due to deregulation and consequently so did the MN's prospects for survival. By the mid-1980's, the MN had gone out of business, being replaced by the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Ry. as the operator of these rails. While I have not personally taken these pictures, they are part of my collection representing what I believe is an extremely fascinating railroad that valiantly tried to maintain railroading in Northern Michigan.