A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • The D&LN Comes To Town

    The D&LN Comes To Town

      by Edward D. Hodges Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” Summer 1987 issue on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of this event; this year–2017–marks the 120th anniversary of the completion of the D&LN. TOOT! TOOT! TOOT! The Lima Northern […]

     
  • SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    Spring is a time to look back at how the SMRS entered the 1988 tourist season…   Summer Service Begins Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” winter 1988 issue By Jeff Dobek Saturday, April 30, 1988 will mark the start of […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—AApparation in the fog

    Photo day—AApparation in the fog

    On the foggy morning of 27 July 1986, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s ex-Ann Arbor Railroad RS-2 #303 has come to life. Pushing dead sister #301 and Jim Frye’s ex-GTW caboose, the veteran Alco has crept north for the first time […]

     
  • CR 5457 and the Clinton Branch

    CR 5457 and the Clinton Branch

    Throughout the first half of the 1970s, standard motive power on the Clinton Branch was a black EMD SW-7/8/9 switcher, leading the Clinton Local down and back the 13.5 miles between Clinton and Lenawee Junction, Michigan. With the arrival of Conrail in […]

     
  • Final freight in Clinton

    Final freight in Clinton

    Conrail’s days as the operator of the Clinton Branch from Lenawee Junction to Clinton, Michigan were coming to a close at the beginning of 1982. The company had already applied to abandon the line, and the only active shippers remaining […]

     
 

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