• Splitting the switch at Riga

    Splitting the switch at Riga

    Following Conrail’s embargo of the Clinton Secondary Track between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Mich. in early 1982, Conrail continued to operate a local from time to time from Toledo to Lenawee Junction to interchange with the Lenawee County Railroad. The […]

     
  • Winter day in north Toledo—December 1981

    Winter day in north Toledo—December 1981

    For Christmas in 1981 I received my first 35mm camera, a Pentax K-1000, and a roll of black-and-white film. A few days after Christmas, my parents went for a shopping trip to the North Towne Square Mall in Toledo, OH, […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—Vickers Crossing

    Photo day—Vickers Crossing

      I obtained my driver’s license in the summer of 1982, and it was time to start railfanning! My parents would go to Toledo for shopping most weekends, and soon I was able to talk them into letting me drop […]

     
 

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