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  • A walk along the DT&M Spur

    A walk along the DT&M Spur

    When the Southern Michigan Railroad Society purchased its line in the 1980s from Conrail, the sale included what was known as the DT&M Spur in Tecumseh. This was the last remnant of the former-Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Railroad (DT&M), which […]

     
  • Tecumseh southbound

    Tecumseh southbound

    It appears to be a warm day on 13 June 1980, when photographer David J. Mrozek caught the Conrail “Clinton Local” just after leaving Tecumseh. At this time the “Local” would leave Clinton mid-afternoon each day, traveling through Tecumseh and […]

     
  • Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Here’s an interesting old black and white photo of Britton, Michigan, taken in 1909. This is looking west down the present-day M-50/Monroe Road. Even though this highway is still a mud road at this time, crossing gates have been installed to […]

     
  • Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    The first piece of full-sized railroad equipment owned by Southern Michigan Railroad Society (not counting the track cars which were accumulating at the time), was the 35-ton Plymouth locomotive. It was donated by the Hayes-Albion Company in Albion, Michigan, and […]

     
  • Conrail vacates Grosvenor

    Conrail vacates Grosvenor

    After posting earlier this week about the Lenawee County Railroad (LCRC) at Grosvenor, MI, I ran across this photo, taken 4 days earlier—on 04 December 1982. Here the Conrail local, led by GP15-1 #1638, is returning to Toledo, OH from […]

     
  • The LCRC gets creative at Grosvenor

    The LCRC gets creative at Grosvenor

    Between 1980 and 1982, the Lenawee County Railroad Company (LCRC) had trackage rights over Conrail’s Clinton Secondary track between Lenawee Junction and Grosvenor, MI. This allowed the LCRC to access its Morenci Branch, which ran between Grosvenor and Morenci. (In […]

     
  • Photo day—at the Huron and Eastern Railway

    Photo day—at the Huron and Eastern Railway

    On the occasion of Transportation Week in Michigan in 1989, the Huron and Eastern Railway organized an open house in its headquarters city of Bad Axe, MI on Saturday, 20 May 1989. For this celebration, several events took place: an […]

     
  • The DT&I local switches Tecumseh in the 1940s

    The DT&I local switches Tecumseh in the 1940s

    by Edward D. Hodges Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” June-July and August-September 1981 issues Although the tracks of two railroads, Conrail and Norfork and Western, enter Tecumseh today, rail service consists of only two freights a week. On Tuesdays […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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