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The Owosso Argus-Press June 10, 1952

A.A.R.R. Has Bad Wreck

16 Freight Cars Pile Up Near Lake George

Ann Arbor Railroad wrecking crews still are cleaning up between Farwell and Lake George a wreck which happened early Saturday afternoon. Normal service, however, has been resumed on the Frankfort-Toledo line. Limited service had been restored by Sunday afternoon.

Sixteen cars of a 50-car freight train swung off a curve. Eleven fell on their sides and five buckled along the tracks. Cause of the wreck was not known here.

None of the train crew was injured. Charles Mills of Owosso was the engineer.

All the wrecked cars were loaded, mostly with meat, cheese and paper, but railroad officials said they were able to salvage most of cargo. Meat from two cars was taken to cold storage plants in Clare and Mt. Pleasant.

All cars have been picked up by two wrecking crews which have been on duty at the scene since late Saturday. The wreck happen at 2:05 p. m., Saturday.

D. J. Gareau, superintendent of the Owosso division, left for the scene shortly after being notified of the wreck. He was still at the scene this morning.

June 30, 1952 The Ann Arbor Railroad's new diesel shop at Owosso MI is completed.

Ludington Daily News Sept. 18, 1952

Some Ferries May Go Back

DETROIT (AP) – Eight Lake Michigan and Detroit river carferries may be running again this weekend.

The Wabash and Ann Arbor Railroad reached a tentative agreement with the Great Lakes Licensed Officers' organization Wednesday on terms for arbitrating their contract dispute, according to Herman M. Booth, marine director of the unions.

Barring last minute hitches, Booth said, about 100 strikers will return to their boats immediately, and service should be resumed by late Saturday or Sunday.

The back-to-work movement, if it goes through, will not affect more than 100 other striking carferry officers employed by the other railroads – Chesapeake & Ohio and Grand Trunk Western.

It will involve only five Ann Arbor railroad – auto – passenger boats which normally ply between Michigan and Wisconsin ports on Lake Michigan and three railroad freight car carriers run by Wabash on the Detroit river between Detroit and Windsor, Ont.

The officers' union struck all 20 boats at midnight July 3, stranding hundred of motorists planning Fourth of July week-end voyages across the lake.