The Chicago Kalamazoo & Saginaw Railway

The Chicago Kalamazoo & Saginaw Railway was a railroad operating almost entirely within Kalamazoo County, MI, between Kalamazoo and Hastings, MI, constructed in 1883. (Abandoned Right of Way)

CK&S Locomotive at Pavilion, MI.

Never intended to connect to Chicago, it was planned to connect to the Grand Trunk Railway in Saginaw, but only got 14 miles past Hastings to Woodbury, MI, where it met the Pere Marquette Railway.


In 1906, it was leased jointly to the Michigan Central and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, eventually becoming a subsidiary of New York Central lasting until the Conrail days. Much of the line has been abandoned beginning in the 1970’s, with the only section remaining in service to this day operating between Pavilion, MI and Kalamazoo, by GTW's ultimate successor, the Canadian National Railway. 

Photos of what remains of the abandoned right of way today can be found here. A railfan site to the defunct carrier still exists. 

Hastings, MI Station.

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