On February 24, 2010, the Detroit transit community suffered a major loss with the passing of local transit historian and author JACK SCHRAMM
, who at age 85 passed away after a long illness. Born July 27, 1924, Schramm began working as a junior clerk for the Detroit Department of Street Railways in 1942, working his way up to Superintendent of Payrolls where he served until his retirement from the city's Department of Transportation (D-DOT)
Schramm always had a strong interest in the history of the DSR, especially Its streetcar operation. As the streetcars were being phased out during the 1950s, he became interested in archiving their history. Over the years, he amassed a storehouse of information on the history of
the DSR system, cataloguing every type of streetcar, bus and electric trolley-coach that ever operated within Detroit. Schramm was also regarded as an authority on the history of public transit companies in and around the City of Detroit, including the former Detroit United Railway (DUR).
Schramm's efforts resulted in two volumes published by the Central Electric Railfans' Association (CERA) in 1978 and 1980 titled Detroit's Street Railways, which he co-authored.