The collection currently consists of three train timetables from the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad was founded in 1854 with the initial purpose of building a railroad from Hartford, Indiana to Michigan. In 1855 it consolidated with the Grand Rapids and Southern Railroad Company, which held rights for the Michigan State line to Grand Rapids. After over a decade of financial struggles and reorganization, the initial line from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Paris, Michigan, was opened for business in 1870.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.