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  • Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    On a May afternoon 43 years ago, Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s southbound Clinton Local as it headed for Lenawee Junction, Michigan. The location for this May 1977 photo is just north of the Staib Road crossing between Clinton and Tecumseh. […]

     
  • Lamplighting at Czersk

    Lamplighting at Czersk

    Czersk is a small town located in the north of Poland in the Pomeranian Province. The town lies on the east-west “Ostbahn”, the “East Railway” which was once an important German main line from Berlin to Königsberg, now the city […]

     
  • Splitting the switch at Riga

    Splitting the switch at Riga

    Following Conrail’s embargo of the Clinton Secondary Track between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Mich. in early 1982, Conrail continued to operate a local from time to time from Toledo to Lenawee Junction to interchange with the Lenawee County Railroad. The […]

     
  • CR 5760 at Clinton

    Photo day—Starting work in Clinton

    On the sunny Wednesday afternoon of 11 June 1980, Conrail GP-7 #5760 has started working switching cars at the Budd Company plant in Clinton, Michigan. Four years after the Conrail merger, #5760 still wears its Penn Central black paint. The […]

     
  • Photo day—caboose sunset

    Photo day—caboose sunset

    The setting western sun silhouettes the classic outline of Conrail N5C caboose #23076 at Ottawa Lake, Michigan on 28 March 1982. The caboose had arrived on a unit grain train to the Michigan Elevator Exchange at Ottawa Lake, and was […]

     
  • Winter day in north Toledo—December 1981

    Winter day in north Toledo—December 1981

    For Christmas in 1981 I received my first 35mm camera, a Pentax K-1000, and a roll of black-and-white film. A few days after Christmas, my parents went for a shopping trip to the North Towne Square Mall in Toledo, OH, […]

     
  • On the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD)—Part 2

    On the Gdańsk Narrow-Gauge Railway (GKD)—Part 2

    On 23-25 September 1993, local railroad enthusiasts in the Gdańsk area held a weekend of special events. Saturday, September 24 was marked by an excursion over some of the lines of the 750mm gauge narrow gauge system based southeast of […]

     
  • Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    I received word this morning from Tecumseh, Michigan of the passing of my long-time friend and contributor to this blog, Edward D. Hodges, on Sunday evening. A railroad modeler, photographer, historian, traveller and all-around enthusiast, Ed’s love of railroading was […]

     
  • The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    Before August 2018 runs its course, I thought it appropriate to note that this month marks an even 180 years of the arrival of the first train in Tecumseh. The Palmyra & Jacksonburg Railroad a line constructed north from a […]

     
  • Ghosts of the Newfoundland Railway

    Ghosts of the Newfoundland Railway

    I first learned of CN’s narrow gauge operations in Newfoundland when I read Tom Nelligan’s article on the island’s mixed trains in the June 1980 edition of Passenger Train Journal. It took me 37 years–until 2017–to finally make a visit […]

     
 

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