Construction and operationEdit
The station is an important part of railway history in the state. Built in 1903 by the Detroit firm of Spier and Rohns it had a high volume of rail traffic as the Grand Trunk and Ann Arbor railroads crossed at that location. It was almost destroyed by fire in 1905, but quickly rebuilt. At its peak, 42 passenger, 22 mail, and 78 freight trains passed through Durand on a daily basis. It serviced almost 3000 passengers a day. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1971.
In 1974, because of declining traffic and rising costs, Grand Trunk decided to close the station.
The community of Durand purchased the station in 1979 for $1.00 and it was brought back to its former glory.
Amtrak continues to provide intercity passenger rail service on the Blue Water route between Chicago and Port Huron, Michigan. Amtrak stops at the historic Station which is located at the junction of major east/west and north/south rail lines. Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment are allowed on board as carry-ons.
The station was also selected by the Michigan legislature to serve as the home of the Michigan Railroad History Museum.
- ↑ The Book of Detroiters; Albert Nelson Marquis Published by A. N. Marquis & company, 1914, p.456
- ↑ National Register of Historic Places (Building - #71000419)
- ↑ Durand Union Station Depot History
- Durand Union Station
- Michigan Railroad History Museum
- Durand Depot (Michigan Passenger Stations)
- Durand Amtrak Station & Michigan Railroad History Museum (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Durand, Michigan Railroad Crossings (Mike's Railroad Crossing Website)