In follow-up to the post SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986), I located two more photographs from the 1986 Tours:

SMRS motor cars

SMRS motor car #1413 is prepared for departure from Tecumseh’s South Yard in October 1986. (Jeffrey Dobek collection)

 

SMRS motor cars

An SMRS color tour sets out from Tecumseh, having just crossed Russell Road. The 3-car motor car train will run all the way to Raisin Center and return. On the old Tecumseh Products spur on the right, additional S-2 motor cars await the call to service if needed. (Jeffrey Dobek collection)

 

And even more interesting, a photo from the original 1985 Color Tours showed up! In this year, most dates were rained out, but there was one sunny day:

An SMRS fall color train lays over at Raisin Center, MI on 13 October 1985, the first year of the color tours. Passengers are sampling cider and donuts, while the crew prepares the motor cars for the return trip.

An SMRS fall color train lays over at Raisin Center, MI on 13 October 1985, the first year of the color tours. Passengers are sampling cider and donuts, while the crew prepares the motor cars for the return trip. The motor car on the left is an A-5 belonging to Bruce Haddow, the center car is A-5 #1413, belonging to the SMRS, and the car on the right is a former-Pere Marquette MT-14 belonging to a member from Jasper, MI.

 

This post is part of an ongoing series highlighting the “golden age” of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society in the 1980s. Too see more posts from this series, click on the SMRS tag at the bottom of this post.

 

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