It Is Saturday, June 6, 1987, and a southbound Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service is just crossing Bidwell Street in the city of Tecumseh, Michigan.
The train is led by the SMR’s 35-ton Plymouth locomotive #57 (lettered for the long-gone Lenawee County short line, the Ohio & Morenci Railroad); trailing is ex-New York Central caboose #21692. As soon as the train has cleared the crossing, it will stop for the Tecumseh North passenger stop, at the site of the former north depot. It will then continue down to M-50 in the centre of Tecumseh for its final stop.
On this day Ron Weyher is at the throttle of #57. The author’s father, flagman Stanley Dobek, is reboarding the train after flagging the crossing, and conductor Edward Hodges watches from the rear platform. A local resident observes the process from his bicycle.