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  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—Terminal to Terminal

    Photo day—Terminal to Terminal

    EMD NW-2 #9300 arrives at the Toledo Terminal engine facility at Hoffman Road in Toledo, Ohio on 11 March 1983, towing Toledo Terminal caboose #93. The unit was built in May 1949 and delivered to the Detroit Terminal Railroad as their […]

     
  • DT&I caboose 116 at Flat Rock

    DT&I caboose 116 at Flat Rock

    It’s 07 May 1989, and Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad caboose #116 sits on the end of a train in the Flat Rock, MI yard, having recently arrived on a road train from Ohio. Built in 1949 by the International […]

     
  • Photo day—N&W SC-1 at Milan

    Photo day—N&W SC-1 at Milan

    It’s only late afternoon on 18 December 1982, but dusk is already setting in as the shortest day of the year nears. N&W train SC-1, the “Super Charger” from Detroit to Kansas City, disturbs the quiet of small-town Milan, MI as […]

     
  • Clinton Yard—then and now

    Clinton Yard—then and now

    Since the early 1960s, when the section north to Manchester and Jackson was removed, Clinton, Michigan has served as the terminus of the Jackson (later Clinton) Branch of the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. In the 1980s, the […]

     
 

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