Southbound SMRS motor cars pass the depot in Tecumseh, MI in July 1984. (Doug Leffler photo)

It’s early days for the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS). Our first piece of rolling stock was a Fairmont M19 motor car, #M-76, donated by Thelma Miller of Dundee, Michigan. Her late husband had worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad, and had the ex-AA speeder in a barn.

The car was painted and returned to service by the blog’s author and is seen here on one of its first test runs on a hot day in July 1994. The car is running southbound at Tecumseh Junction, piloted by the blog author (decked out in Conrail blue!) and having just crossed the DT&M diamond. On the right is an ex-NYC M9 motor car belonging to Doug Leffler of Jackson, MI and carrying Hudson, MI rail historian, the late Jim Findlay.

In the background stands the forlorn-looking Tecumseh Junction depot, which would soon be moved from this spot.

Thanks to Doug Leffler for sharing this early SMRS view.

This post is part of an ongoing series highlighting the “golden age” of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society in the 1980s. Too see more posts from this series, click on the SMRS tag at the bottom of this post.


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