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  • Photo day—Grass Lake blue

    Photo day—Grass Lake blue

    A Conrail auto parts train was heading westbound at Mt. Hope Road near Grass Lake, MI when Edward Hodges captured it on 25 March 1981. The location, milepost 64.3 (from Detroit), was the location of a dragging equipment detector. There […]

     
  • Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    On a hot summer afternoon in 1988, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s train has arrived in downtown Tecumseh. Passengers have gotten off to walk about the town, and there will be a small break before the train starts its return […]

     
  • Photo day—Flash of Red

    Photo day—Flash of Red

      Norfolk & Western caboose #555004 was photographed by Edward Hodges at track speed on an eastbound freight headed for Detroit, Michigan on 05 March 1977. The exact location is not noted, but is thought to be east of Adrian, […]

     
  • Clinton Crossing

    Clinton Crossing

    The Southern Michigan Railroad Society signed the contract to purchase Conrail’s Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Michigan in 1985. At this time there were no full-size trains on the line, and operations were handled using railroad motor cars. […]

     
  • Photo day—At the interchange

    Photo day—At the interchange

    On a snowy day in January 1982, Lenawee County Railroad Alco S-2 #1 “Addison J. Comstock” waits near the Norfolk & Western Railway diamond in Adrian, Michigan. The crew is having a conversation on the ground as they await a […]

     
  • Jackson's lonely RPO car

    Jackson’s lonely RPO car

    In early 1989, I drove to Jackson, Michigan to do an interview for a university journalism assignment. Afterwards, with a few frames left on the roll of film to use up, I drove by the Amtrak depot looking for something […]

     
  • Photo day—Alcos in the snow

    Photo day—Alcos in the snow

    It is 22 December 1985, and Lenawee County Railroad #2 “George Crane” has just spotted former-Ann Arbor Railroad RS-2s #301 and #303 (carrying reporting marks “SMRX”) on the west leg of the wye at Lenawee Junction, Michigan for delivery to […]

     
  • Portrait of a local

    Portrait of a local

    In the late afternoon light of 09 December 1981, Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s northbound Clinton Local crossing Bidwell Street in Tecumseh, Michigan. The local is running on the Clinton Secondary Track and originated at Air Line Yard in Toledo, Ohio. […]

     
  • Photo day—Early N7 at Toledo

    Photo day—Early N7 at Toledo

    Conrail class N7 caboose #21511 brings up the rear of a unit coal train in the Toledo, Ohio area in January 1982. I found this negative in an old envelope of Toledo shots, but with no information other than the […]

     
  • Budd's siding (1976)

    Budd’s siding (1976)

    On an August afternoon in 1976, Edward Hodges photographed the equipment for the Clinton Local outside the Budd Company plant in Clinton, Michigan. Although this is the fifth month of Conrail’s existence, the equipment on this day remains completely in […]

     
 

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