• Lehigh Valley #353 on display

    Amtrak Family Days at MC Station (1980)

    In 1980, Amtrak had been in existence for 9 years already, and the passenger railroad was finally making some progress in acquiring new equipment to replace the locomotives and cars it had inherited from its predecessor roads. To show off […]

     
  • Clinton Engines building

    SMRS and the Clinton Engines building

    Since 1982, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s headquarters has been located at the corner of Clark and Division Streets in Clinton. Formerly known as the Clinton Engines Building, the property has served the SMRS as an office, museum, workshop, station […]

     
  • IHRC 373 at Rochester, IN

    Setting the scene—Part 3

    Graduation from the University of Michigan in 1989 meant it was time to look for a proper job. I sent resumes to over 100 railroad companies, and one of the most interesting replies came from the Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation, an […]

     
  • Southbound Clinton Local at Tecumseh, MI.

    Setting the scene—Part 2

    At the dawn of the 80s, I was a high-school student in Tecumseh, and starting to meet other friends interested in trains. The visit of the Michigan Artrain to Tecumseh in Spring 1980 was a key occasion. The train was […]

     
  • Tecumseh location map

    Setting the scene—Part 1

    Tecumseh Junction. A small area where three railroad railroad companies came together in a small Michigan town. Mostly gone and forgotten today, but at one time a crucial part of the town and its commercial life. This blog is an […]

     
 

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