Inside the Durand Station

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Durand, Michigan, is like many small towns served by Amtrak in the Midwest in that twice or more a day, people start gathering to wait for the train.

In the case of Durand, a caretaker opens the waiting room of the former Union Station. In many places, the “station” is a glorified bus shelter.

But Durand Union Station has been saved and preserved with part of the structure serving as the Michigan Railroad Museum.

The “union” in the station’s name derives from the fact that it was once served by passenger trains of the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor railroads.

It has been several decades since the Ann Arbor last ran a passenger train and the former AA tracks on the east side of the depot have long since been removed.

Shown are a handful of passengers in the waiting room in mid July 2016 as they awaited the arrival of Amtrak No. 365, the westbound Blue Water for Chicago.

It is a ritual as timeless as the feel of this old passenger station, which has seen several generations waiting here before embarking on a journey.

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2 Responses to “Inside the Durand Station”

  1. Yuri O. Popov, Ph.D. Says:

    It is not true that “the former AA tracks on the east side of the depot have long since been removed”. The tracks are still in place, as can be seen either during the visit to the station or on the Google Maps satellite imagery.

    • csanders429 Says:

      There are no railroad tracks on the east side of Durand Union Station. The only track that can be considered to be east of the depot is a connecting track linking CN’s Holley and Flint subdivisions. I have seen photographs inside the depot of the Ann Arbor tracks next to the depot and those are gone. There remains a single track on the west side of the depot.

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