Conrail local at Clinton, Michigan on December 4, 1977

There were only traces of snow on the ground on 12 April 1977 when Ed Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local switching behind the Budd Company plant on the south side of Clinton, Michigan.

Conrail has already existed for over one year, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the pure Penn Central consist. PC GP-7 #5778 and caboose #19882 were regularly assigned to the line at this time.

It’s mid-afternoon, and the crew has only just started their day. When finished switching at Clinton, they will head south for Lenawee Junction, to exchange cars with the local train from Toledo. They’ll be back here in the evening, with a new set of empty cars for Budd.


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