A post relating to the village of Clinton, Michigan (Lenawee County)

  • SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    Spring is a time to look back at how the SMRS entered the 1988 tourist season…   Summer Service Begins Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” winter 1988 issue By Jeff Dobek Saturday, April 30, 1988 will mark the start of […]

  • 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 […]

  • CR 5457 and the Clinton Branch

    CR 5457 and the Clinton Branch

    Throughout the first half of the 1970s, standard motive power on the Clinton Branch was a black EMD SW-7/8/9 switcher, leading the Clinton Local down and back the 13.5 miles between Clinton and Lenawee Junction, Michigan. With the arrival of Conrail in […]

  • Final freight in Clinton

    Final freight in Clinton

    Conrail’s days as the operator of the Clinton Branch from Lenawee Junction to Clinton, Michigan were coming to a close at the beginning of 1982. The company had already applied to abandon the line, and the only active shippers remaining […]

  • Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    It’s 06 September 1986, and a busload of members of the Michigan Railroad Club set out from Dearborn, Michigan on one of the club’s “mystery” trips, today for a visit and ride on the Southern Michigan Railroad. The SMR prepared […]

  • Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    In the early 1980s, the Village of Clinton, Michigan held a “Christmas Walk” on the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year. Being civic-minded, the newly formed Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS) worked with the village to bring Santa to town each year […]

  • First run for the SMRS

    First run for the SMRS

    The last Conrail train over the Clinton Branch operated from Clinton to Lenawee Junction in March 1982. After this, the disused line quickly became overgrown with weeds and brush. The Southern Michigan Railroad Society had been formed in 1982 to try […]

  • SMRS gets some A5s

    SMRS gets some A5s

    In the mid 1980s, the Norfolk and Western Railway was in the process of retiring its track motor cars (speeders) from service. The cars were being replaced by hi-rail trucks, and the retired cars were sent to the N&W yard […]

  • Photo day—motor cars at Clinton

    Photo day—motor cars at Clinton

    In 1984 and 1985, the Norfolk Southern Railway was retiring their remaining motor cars from service. Retired cars were taken to the NS yard at Bellevue, OH, from where they were sold off in batches. There was much anticipation as […]

  • SMRS trailer car

    A new trailer car for the SMRS

    In the summer of 1988, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society was experiencing its highest-ever ridership levels. The motor car train in service was often full, and there was a need for more equipment—fast. We had several former-N&W “gang” motor cars […]


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