• N&W’s Defiance-Napoleon, Ohio local—circa 1988

    Today something unusual—a video. Until 1989, the former-Wabash line between Maumee, OH and Ft. Wayne, IN was owned and operated by the Norfolk & Western Railway. The section between Liberty Center, OH and Maumee had been out of service for […]

     
  • Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    It looks like the weather in Tecumseh on Saturday, 08 December 1984 was pretty nice as this Southern Michigan Railroad crew set out to work on some maintenance tasks on the line. Here, at Shawnee St. in Tecumseh, they have been […]

     
  • My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 2)

    My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 2)

    Last time, I described my first few weeks of employment with the Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation (IHRC), and my initiation at Connersville, Indiana. I had been hired to work in the railroad’s Defiance, Ohio office, but a delay in completing the […]

     
  • 49 years of model trains

    49 years of model trains

    In the last few years I have returned to the hobby of model railroading. A change of apartments in 2012 finally provided me with room for constructing a layout, and about the same time I became involved with a modular model railway […]

     
  • Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    It’s 06 September 1986, and a busload of members of the Michigan Railroad Club set out from Dearborn, Michigan on one of the club’s “mystery” trips, today for a visit and ride on the Southern Michigan Railroad. The SMR prepared […]

     
  • Photo day—CSX at Deshler, September 1994

    Photo day—CSX at Deshler, September 1994

    On a trip back to midwest I passed through Deshler, Ohio on the afternoon of 03 September 1994. This was always a good time of day for some rail action, and this day didn’t disappoint. Below are a few shots […]

     
  • Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    In the early 1980s, the Village of Clinton, Michigan held a “Christmas Walk” on the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year. Being civic-minded, the newly formed Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS) worked with the village to bring Santa to town each year […]

     
  • Photo day—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Photo day—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Here’s a scene full of atmosphere! A New York Central “Beeliner” RDC-3 car departs from Saginaw, Mich. on southbound train #394, The Northerner, on 26 August 1962. Service between Mackinaw City and Saginaw would be discontinued 8 days later on 03 September […]

     
  • Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 3

    Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 3

      Freight 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 […]

     
 

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