Henry Ford Aboard the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad #7 Locomotive at Ford Rouge Plant, 1921

Summary

Henry Ford purchased the struggling Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in 1920 and put $15 million into rebuilding the line. The DT&I carried coal from Ford-owned mines in Kentucky to Ford's Rouge factory. While he made the DT&I profitable, Ford tired of the extensive government regulations particular to the railroad industry. He sold the line to Pennsylvania Railroad interests in 1929.

Henry Ford purchased the struggling Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in 1920 and put $15 million into rebuilding the line. The DT&I carried coal from Ford-owned mines in Kentucky to Ford's Rouge factory. While he made the DT&I profitable, Ford tired of the extensive government regulations particular to the railroad industry. He sold the line to Pennsylvania Railroad interests in 1929.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

06 September 1921

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.189.1570

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

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