The Au Sable & Northwestern Railway

The Au Sable & Northwestern Railway connected Oscoda Twp., MI with the logging country to its north and west, ending near Comins, MI for a distance of roughly 55 miles. (Right of way)

"The Lightning Special on the AS&N RR." C.T. Stoner photo, c.1910

Originally a collection of a few different logging railroads, most notably the J.E. Potts Lumber and Salt Company and the Potts Logging Railway, the AS&NW began operations in 1887. Towards the line's north end, a spur connected Fairview, MI to E of Rocky Ranch, MI.

Via MichiganRailroads: Photo Info/Credit -  Au Sable & Northwestern locomotive works in the woods near Messinger Brothers, Comins, MI.

By 1914, the line had been incorporated into the larger Detroit & Mackinac Railway, who made it a standard gauge operation. The line would not last long however, as operations to Comins were abandoned in 1927. Very little of the right of way exists today.

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  1. The BZ&C RR bought 2 narrow gauge locomotives from Au Sable RR in 1900.


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