A post relating to railfanning

  • N&W’s Defiance-Napoleon, Ohio local—circa 1988

    Today something unusual—a video. Until 1989, the former-Wabash line between Maumee, OH and Ft. Wayne, IN was owned and operated by the Norfolk & Western Railway. The section between Liberty Center, OH and Maumee had been out of service for […]

  • My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 2)

    My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 2)

    Last time, I described my first few weeks of employment with the Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation (IHRC), and my initiation at Connersville, Indiana. I had been hired to work in the railroad’s Defiance, Ohio office, but a delay in completing the […]

  • Photo day—CSX at Deshler, September 1994

    Photo day—CSX at Deshler, September 1994

    On a trip back to midwest I passed through Deshler, Ohio on the afternoon of 03 September 1994. This was always a good time of day for some rail action, and this day didn’t disappoint. Below are a few shots […]

  • Photo day—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Photo day—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Here’s a scene full of atmosphere! A New York Central “Beeliner” RDC-3 car departs from Saginaw, Mich. on southbound train #394, The Northerner, on 26 August 1962. Service between Mackinaw City and Saginaw would be discontinued 8 days later on 03 September […]

  • Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    On the sunny spring day of 08 April 1990, Coe Rail Alco S2 #52 is delivering empty cars to the C&O (CSX) at Wixom, Michigan. Coe Rail (CRLE) was incorporated in 1984 and operated over a section of the former-Grand […]

  • Photo day—SMRS at night

    Photo day—SMRS at night

    A Southern Michigan Railroad train, with locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 is seen northbound, just south of Tecumseh, Michigan, on 17 October 1987. The “Yard Limit” sign indicates the start of the Tecumseh yard, where the train must […]

  • Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    It’s early days for the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS). Our first piece of rolling stock was a Fairmont M19 motor car, #M-76, donated by Thelma Miller of Dundee, Michigan. Her late husband had worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad, […]

  • My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 1)

    My ride on the (Indiana) Hi-Rail (Part 1)

      Our professional working lives on the railroad all have their starting points. Mine was in Connersville, Indiana. Having graduated from the University of Michigan in May 1989, I continued to work at the  university hospital, where I’d been working […]

  • Photo day—TKt48 at Wolsztyn, Poland

    Photo day—TKt48 at Wolsztyn, Poland

    PKP (Polish State Railways) TKt-48-143, a 2-8-2 locomotive, switches the yard in Wolsztyn, Poland on 14 September 1991. At this time, steam was still used on local freight trains serving the 4 lines out of Wolsztyn, as well as for switching […]

  • Photo day—Vickers Crossing

    Photo day—Vickers Crossing

      I obtained my driver’s license in the summer of 1982, and it was time to start railfanning! My parents would go to Toledo for shopping most weekends, and soon I was able to talk them into letting me drop […]


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