• A new series about the history of Tecumseh’s railroads

        Today marks the publishing of the first part of Edward Hodges’ history of the railroad of Tecumseh. The first part is a history of the Palmyra & Jacksonburgh Railroad, the north/south line which later became the New York […]

  • Photo day—obey the signs!

    Photo day—obey the signs!

    A Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service, led by Plymouth locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 arrives at Brown Street in Tecumseh, Michigan on 06 June 1987. To the right are vintage signs from the New York Central days, providing […]

  • Atlas gets a delivery of Rock

    Atlas gets a delivery of Rock

    The time the Rock came to Tecumseh In 1977, an enormous fire destroyed the Hayden Mill, located along the DT&M spur in Tecumseh, Michigan. Following the fire, the property was acquired by Charles J. Steffens, owner of the Atlas Mill […]

  • The D&LN Comes To Town

    The D&LN Comes To Town

      by Edward D. Hodges Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” Summer 1987 issue on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of this event; this year–2017–marks the 120th anniversary of the completion of the D&LN. TOOT! TOOT! TOOT! The Lima Northern […]

  • A walk along the DT&M Spur

    A walk along the DT&M Spur

    When the Southern Michigan Railroad Society purchased its line in the 1980s from Conrail, the sale included what was known as the DT&M Spur in Tecumseh. This was the last remnant of the former-Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Railroad (DT&M), which […]

  • Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Here’s an interesting old black and white photo of Britton, Michigan, taken in 1909. This is looking west down the present-day M-50/Monroe Road. Even though this highway is still a mud road at this time, crossing gates have been installed to […]


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