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

  • 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 […]

  • SMRS booth in Clinton

    Promoting the SMRS—early efforts

    The Southern Michigan Railroad Society was formed in 1982, with the purpose of acquiring Conrail’s Clinton Secondary Track from Lenawee Junction to Clinton, Michigan for use as a museum railroad. The track would come later; initially the SMRS needed to […]

  • CK office

    Night shift at CK office

      A previous post on the Clinton Engines building included a photo taken looking in to the operator’s office we has set up. I just ran across this slide from the same photo shoot, taken from inside the office, with […]

  • Clinton Engines building

    SMRS and the Clinton Engines building

    Since 1982, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s headquarters has been located at the corner of Clark and Division Streets in Clinton. Formerly known as the Clinton Engines Building, the property has served the SMRS as an office, museum, workshop, station […]


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