The leaves on the line side trees are coming out as Conrail’s “Clinton Local” approaches Tecumseh, Michigan on 21 May 1981. The train had just crossed the River Raisin trestle and was leaning into the curve behind Paul’s Trailer Court when Edward Hodges captured this scene. The train is working up grade at this point, as the line “dipped” down to cross the river. There was a small farm crossing here, allowing access to fields on the other side.
The train is led by the line’s “regular” locomotive, GP-8 #5457, and is headed south for Lenawee Junction. Within a year, Conrail would embargo the line, ending freight service.