• DT&I caboose 116 at Flat Rock

    DT&I caboose 116 at Flat Rock

    It’s 07 May 1989, and Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad caboose #116 sits on the end of a train in the Flat Rock, MI yard, having recently arrived on a road train from Ohio. Built in 1949 by the International […]

  • Photo day—N&W SC-1 at Milan

    Photo day—N&W SC-1 at Milan

    It’s only late afternoon on 18 December 1982, but dusk is already setting in as the shortest day of the year nears. N&W train SC-1, the “Super Charger” from Detroit to Kansas City, disturbs the quiet of small-town Milan, MI as […]

  • Clinton Yard—then and now

    Clinton Yard—then and now

    Since the early 1960s, when the section north to Manchester and Jackson was removed, Clinton, Michigan has served as the terminus of the Jackson (later Clinton) Branch of the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. In the 1980s, the […]

  • On the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD)—Part 1

    On the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD)—Part 1

    On my first trip to Poland as a railfan, I was very much in the dark. There was no public internet in 1990, and information about interesting operations was almost impossible to find abroad. On 17 September 1990, while riding […]

  • Conrail's bad day at Riga

    Conrail’s bad day at Riga

    As I crossed Conrail’s Clinton Secondary Track at Blissfield, Mich. on the way home from Toledo on 30 December 1982, I noticed a train on the track in the distance off to the southeast. As Conrail trains were already a rarity […]


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