A post relating to photographer/writer Edward Hodges

 
 
  • December sun at Raisin Center

    December sun at Raisin Center

    This series of photos of the northbound Conrail local at Raisin Center, Michigan was taken by Edward Hodges in the late afternoon of 09 December 1981. On a banked curve, the train slowly approaches the home signal guarding the diamond […]

     
  • Photo day—Fresh paint at Clinton

    Photo day—Fresh paint at Clinton

    On a sunny Thanksgiving weekend in 1978, Ed Hodges photographed Conrail’s “Clinton Local” at rest behind the Budd Company in Clinton, Michigan. The train is tied down on the main line, with no crew present. It had arrived from Lenawee […]

     
  • The Staib Road shuffle

    The Staib Road shuffle

    On 31 May 1987, the southbound Southern Michigan Railroad “caboose train” (made up of Plymouth switcher #57 and 1-2 caboose cars) has just crossed Staib Road, heading for Tecumseh. The single-ended siding at Staib (which once served Tecumseh Crop Service) […]

     
  • Photo Day—Weekend rest

    Photo Day—Weekend rest

    On a Saturday afternoon in August 1980, Conrail GP-7 #5645 is spending the weekend on the spur into the Budd Company plant in Clinton, MI, at the end of CR’s Clinton Secondary track. It arrived on Friday evening from Lenawee […]

     
  • Riding the CSR-1 with Dale, Walt and the rest of the guys

    Riding the CSR-1 with Dale, Walt and the rest of the guys

    by Edward Hodges Photos by the author CSR stood for the Clinton Switch Run—the Conrail designation for the local freight that ran from Toledo, Ohio to Clinton, Michigan on the remaining portion of the NYC branch that used to run […]

     
  • Switcher in the wilderness

    Switcher in the wilderness

    By the late 1970s, in the early Conrail days, the Clinton Secondary Track between Clinton and Lenawee Jct., Michigan was being encroached upon by wild vegetation. On a hot July afternoon in July 1978, Edward D. Hodges photographed the southbound […]

     
  • Photo day—Tecumseh twilight

    Photo day—Tecumseh twilight

    As the last rays of the late December afternoon sun fall on Tecumseh, Michigan, Conrail’s “Clinton Local”, has just crossed M-50 and is moving south alongside S. Evans Street. Tecumseh’s fire station is momentarily blocked as the train passes. Edward […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    On a May afternoon 43 years ago, Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s southbound Clinton Local as it headed for Lenawee Junction, Michigan. The location for this May 1977 photo is just north of the Staib Road crossing between Clinton and Tecumseh. […]

     
  • Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    I received word this morning from Tecumseh, Michigan of the passing of my long-time friend and contributor to this blog, Edward D. Hodges, on Sunday evening. A railroad modeler, photographer, historian, traveller and all-around enthusiast, Ed’s love of railroading was […]

     
  • The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    Before August 2018 runs its course, I thought it appropriate to note that this month marks an even 180 years of the arrival of the first train in Tecumseh. The Palmyra & Jacksonburg Railroad a line constructed north from a […]

     
 

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