• Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    On the sunny spring day of 08 April 1990, Coe Rail Alco S2 #52 is delivering empty cars to the C&O (CSX) at Wixom, Michigan. Coe Rail (CRLE) was incorporated in 1984 and operated over a section of the former-Grand […]

     
  • Photo day—SMRS at night

    Photo day—SMRS at night

    A Southern Michigan Railroad train, with locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 is seen northbound, just south of Tecumseh, Michigan, on 17 October 1987. The “Yard Limit” sign indicates the start of the Tecumseh yard, where the train must […]

     
  • Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    It’s early days for the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS). Our first piece of rolling stock was a Fairmont M19 motor car, #M-76, donated by Thelma Miller of Dundee, Michigan. Her late husband had worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad, […]

     
  • My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 1)

    My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 1)

      Our professional working lives on the railroad all have their starting points. Mine was in Connersville, Indiana. Having graduated from the University of Michigan in May 1989, I continued to work at the  university hospital, where I’d been working […]

     
  • Photo day—TKt48 at Wolsztyn, Poland

    Photo day—TKt48 at Wolsztyn, Poland

    PKP (Polish State Railways) TKt-48-143, a 2-8-2 locomotive, switches the yard in Wolsztyn, Poland on 14 September 1991. At this time, steam was still used on local freight trains serving the 4 lines out of Wolsztyn, as well as for switching […]

     
  • Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 2

    Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 2

    Passenger Service by George W. Camp George W. Camp (1905-1998) was a member of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society in the mid-1980s, and submitted three articles for publication in the SMRS newsetter, The Cross Tracks, based on his experience of […]

     
  • Photo day—Vickers Crossing

    Photo day—Vickers Crossing

      I obtained my driver’s license in the summer of 1982, and it was time to start railfanning! My parents would go to Toledo for shopping most weekends, and soon I was able to talk them into letting me drop […]

     
  • Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 1

    Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 1

      by George W. Camp George W. Camp (1905-1998) was a member of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society in the mid-1980s, and submitted three articles for publication in the SMRS newsetter, The Cross Tracks, based on his experience of working […]

     
  • SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    In follow-up to the post SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986), I located two more photographs from the 1986 Tours:     And even more interesting, a photo from the original 1985 Color Tours showed up! In this year, most dates were rained out, […]

     
  • First run for the SMRS

    First run for the SMRS

    The last Conrail train over the Clinton Branch operated from Clinton to Lenawee Junction in March 1982. After this, the disused line quickly became overgrown with weeds and brush. The Southern Michigan Railroad Society had been formed in 1982 to try […]

     
 

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