A post relating to railfanning

  • 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 […]

  • SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    In follow-up to the post SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986), I located two more photographs from the 1986 Tours:     And even more interesting, a photo from the original 1985 Color Tours showed up! In this year, most dates were rained out, […]

  • Photo day—Poznań, Poland (09.1993)

    Photo day—Poznań, Poland (09.1993)

    In the early 1990s, the railway station in Poznań, Poland was still a “steamy” place. Several regular-service, steam-hauled passenger trains operated daily from Poznań to the regional town of Wolsztyn. Steam locomotives on layover in Poznań would visit the local […]

  • Photo day—Tuchola, Poland

    Photo day—Tuchola, Poland

    PKP (Polish State Railways) SU45 locomotive #168 starts a Bydgoszcz-Chojnice local passenger train from the station in Tuchola, Poland on a sunny 23 September 1993. This was a typical Polish railway scene from the 70s until the early 2000s. Today, […]

  • Riding "The Canadian"

    Riding “The Canadian”

    It was in middle school that I first became acquainted with “The Canadian”. A cover photo on the August 1978 edition of Trains magazine showed the beautiful CP Rail “Park”-series dome-observation car on this train in the mountains, and I […]

  • Kosice, Slovakia

    Close call on the ZSSK

    I spent my 2008 summer holiday with a friend traveling through Central Europe. Starting in Poland, we set off for Hungary. After a few warm days in Budapest, we started the return trip, traveling north through Slovakia back to Poland. […]

  • Lettering IHRC 365

    Lettering the IHRC 365

    I started working for the Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation on October 1, 1989. I was hired to manage the agency office at Defiance, Ohio, but due to a delay in the transfer of the line from Norfolk Southern to IHRC, I […]


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