Wolverine (passenger train)
|Distance||304 miles (489 km)|
|Dates of operation||1971 – present|
Wolverine is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak as part of its Michigan Services. The 304-mile (489 km) line provides three daily round-trips along the Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago route. It is served by three eastbound (350, 352, 354) and three westbound (351, 353, 355) trains. Their routes are the same, but their stops differ slightly, and the discrepancies have been noted below.
The Wolverine operates over Norfolk Southern Railway, Amtrak, Conrail, and Canadian National Railway trackage:
- NS Chicago Line, Chicago to Porter
- Amtrak Chicago-Detroit Line, Porter to Kalamazoo
- NS Michigan Line, Kalamazoo to Dearborn
- Amtrak Chicago-Detroit Line, Dearborn to West Detroit
- CR North Yard Branch, West Detroit to Vinewood
- CN Shore Line Subdivision and Holly Subdivision, Vinewood to Pontiac
- Hammond-Whiting (Amtrak station) (350, 352, 353, 355)
- Michigan City (Amtrak station) (352, 355)
- Niles (Amtrak station) (all except the 351)
- Dowagiac (Amtrak station) (350, 355)
- Kalamazoo Transportation Center
- Battle Creek (Amtrak station)
- Albion (Amtrak station) (352, 353)
- Jackson (Amtrak station)
- Ann Arbor (Amtrak station)
- Dearborn (Amtrak station)
- Detroit (Amtrak station)
- Royal Oak (Amtrak station)
- Birmingham (Amtrak station)
- Pontiac (Amtrak station)
The Detroit-Chicago corridor has been designated by the Federal Railroad Administration as a high-speed rail corridor. A 97-mile stretch along the route of Wolverine from Porter, Indiana to Kalamazoo, Michigan is the longest segment of track owned by Amtrak outside of the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak began speed increases along this stretch in January 2002. Ultimately, speed increases to 110 mile-per-hour service are planned.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2005. State of Michigan. Retrieved on 2006-10-30.
- ↑ "Michigan: Amtrak taking service to new speeds", WNDU-TV. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.
- Amtrak - Michigan Services
- Amtrak Michigan Services Website
- Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers