"Tangible proof that no one knows Michigan’s fascinating railroad history better than Meints. With information and illustrations from earlier publications, libraries, archives, and individual researchers and collectors, Meints has assembled the story of Michigan railroads from the first charters and railroads of the 1830s lines to the beginning of the 21st century in a format that will satisfy novice and knowledgeable alike."
—Gordon Olson, Grand Rapids City Historian Emeritus
"Graydon Meints has created a wonderfully comprehensive history of the railroad experience in Michigan. It’s more than just steam railroads; coverage includes street railways, electric interurbans, and Great Lakes ferries. Although Meints examines corporate developments from the 1830s to the present, he does not forget the human, the technological, and even the architectural sides of railroading. This book should become the standard study of railroads in the Wolverine State."
—H. Roger Grant, Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History, Clemson University
"Meints is, without question, one of the Midwest's paramount railroad scholars. After a lifetime of study, much of what he knows about the subject can be found between these covers. If one's interest is in the tracks, trains, trollies, or traction companies of the Wolverine State, a reader is certain to encounter something engaging in this volume. A book years in the making, this is the most comprehensive history ever written about railroading in Michigan."
—Le Roy Barnett, former Head of Reference at the State Archives of Michigan and former Contributing Editor to Michigan History Magazine