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  • Photo day—SC-1 on the Academy curve

    Photo day—SC-1 on the Academy curve

    The Michigan winter of 1981–82 was a long and hard one. Signs of winter remain on the spring afternoon of 08 April 1982 as Norfolk & Western Railway train SC-1, the “Super Charger” from Detroit to Kansas City, rounds the […]

     
  • Winter on the NYC "Old Road"

    Winter on the NYC “Old Road”

    By Douglas N. Leffler Attached are several images taken about 1950 in Hudson, Michigan on New York Central’s Toledo, Ohio to Elkhart, Indiana “Old Road” by my late friend, Jim Findlay. Jim was a resident of Hudson and regularly photographed […]

     
  • Winter blues in Tecumseh

    Winter blues in Tecumseh

    Southern boxcar #32984 is probably hoping for a quick return to warmer, sunnier climes of the South as it passes southbound through Tecumseh, Michigan on 22 January 1981, headed for Lenawee Junction. Photographer Edward Hodges was out on this bleak, […]

     
  • Ford Escape

    Ford Escape

    On the overcast afternoon of 14 October 1987, Conrail switcher #9332 returns to the yard with cars from the Ford Motor Company plant in Monroe, MI. The plant was constructed in 1929 by the Newton Steel Corp., and it was […]

     
  • Conrail twilight in the snow

    Conrail twilight in the snow

    In late 1981, Conrail operations on the Clinton Secondary Track (Toledo–Clinton via Lenawee Junction) were coming to an end. Trains were called on an as-needed basis, running on average about once a week. There was no schedule, and trains were […]

     
  • "Big Ones" at Walbridge, Ohio

    “Big Ones” at Walbridge, Ohio

    By Douglas N. Leffler Attached are several images shot by my late friend, Cecil Hommerding, during one of his railfan outings to the Toledo, Ohio area. The photos show Chesapeake and Ohio Railway “Allegheny” 1617 working coal hoppers at C&O’s […]

     
  • December sun at Raisin Center

    December sun at Raisin Center

    This series of photos of the northbound Conrail local at Raisin Center, Michigan was taken by Edward Hodges in the late afternoon of 09 December 1981. On a banked curve, the train slowly approaches the home signal guarding the diamond […]

     
  • Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    In the 1980s, a Christmas tradition in Tecumseh, MI was the annual “Christmas Walk”, sponsored by the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce. Held on a Saturday evening, local shops stayed open late, the streets were decorated, Santa was present, and people […]

     
  • A Phone Box for Staib

    A Phone Box for Staib

    Along the former-NYC “Old Road” line between Toledo and Adrian, MI, the NYC, Penn Central and later Conrail had used block limit rules for train operations. This required an ability to call the train dispatcher (in this case at Nasby […]

     
  • Photo day—View to the past, Jackson 1989

    Photo day—View to the past, Jackson 1989

    It is late afternoon in the Jackson, Michigan Conrail yard on 08 April 1989. Conrail U23Bs #2737 and 2701 await their next turn of duty in front of the yard office. Over in the yard, a double-door boxcar still in […]

     
 

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