SMRS equipment at Clinton, MIOn the winter evening of 07 February 1987, Southern Michigan Railroad Plymouth 35-tonner O&M 57 poses with an ex-N&W Fairmont M19 motor car #64553.

The Plymouth had returned from a day trip to Tecumseh, and was ready to be put away for the night. The warmth of the SMRS museum building in the background awaited the photographers and crew.

The former-Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Clinton yard has an interesting track arrangement. Here the motor car is sitting on the “grain track”, which at one time led to the Atlas Mill, several blocks away. It is crossing the Clinton passing track on a diamond, and just behind the motor car is another diamond crossing with the spur that led to the Clinton Grain Co. The diamonds remain in place to this day.




  1. Kerry Scaife June 12, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Always thought it strange that they took that siding off of the main and not the house track or track 3.

    Any idea when Atlas last shipped or recieved cars and when the rest of the siding was taken out.

    • Jeffrey Dobek June 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I remember the siding being there in the mid-70s. It was already out of use by then. I think it even came out before Clark Street was widened. (It ran alongside Clark St.)


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