A post relating to railfanning

  • Photo day—Terminal to Terminal

    Photo day—Terminal to Terminal

    EMD NW-2 #9300 arrives at the Toledo Terminal engine facility at Hoffman Road in Toledo, Ohio on 11 March 1983, towing Toledo Terminal caboose #93. The unit was built in May 1949 and delivered to the Detroit Terminal Railroad as their […]

  • 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 […]

  • The "Cut-Off" come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    The “Cut-Off” come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    by Jeffrey Dobek photos from the Gary Zeitler collection This article originally appeared in Issue 34 of “The Speeder”, the publication of the Motor Car Collectors of America, in Autumn 1995. Over the last decade, the motor car hobby has grown, […]

  • Tecumseh's last freight train—35 years on

    Tecumseh’s last freight train—35 years on

    Before March ends, I thought it worth noting that March this year marks 35 years since the last freight train passed through Tecumseh, ending 145 years of continuous freight service on the Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Tecumseh. It […]

  • The Artrain comes to Tecumseh

    The Artrain comes to Tecumseh

    The Michigan Artrain was founded in 1971, as a project to take art to the many small towns in Michigan where there was a railroad, but not an art museum. Over the next several years it toured the state, but later […]

  • Conrail camp car finale

    Conrail camp car finale

    Into the 1970s, camp cars were a railroad tradition. Often converted from old heavyweight passenger cars from the 1920s or 30s, camp cars were used by the railroad maintenance-of-way department for housing track crews (or “gangs”) which moved around the […]


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