A post relating to the former-LS&MS/NYC/PC/CR/SMRS Jackson (later Clinton) Branch

 
 
  • Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Photos by Edward Hodges Grey skies portend the future of Conrail’s Clinton Branch at Lenawee Junction, Michigan on December 15, 1981. Ed Hodges was on-hand to capture the northbound departure of this short freight train. A carload of lumber for […]

     
  • Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    It Is Saturday, June 6, 1987, and a southbound Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service is just crossing Bidwell Street in the city of Tecumseh, Michigan. The train is led by the SMR’s 35-ton Plymouth locomotive #57 (lettered for the long-gone […]

     
  • Photo day—Palmyra caboose hop

    Photo day—Palmyra caboose hop

    On 27 June 1982, Edward Hodges caught a Conrail train returning from Lenawee Junction, Michigan to Toledo, Ohio passing the site of the former station at Palmyra, Mich. In March of 1982, Conrail had abandoned service on the Clinton Branch […]

     
  • Photo day—Good Friday at Clinton

    Photo day—Good Friday at Clinton

    On Good Friday, 17 April 1981, Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local switching at the Budd Company siding in Clinton, Michigan. The Local’s “regular” locomotive GP-8 #5457 manoeuvres a Penn Central boxcar on the plant siding, while the rest of […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    The leaves on the line side trees are coming out as Conrail’s “Clinton Local” approaches Tecumseh, Michigan on 21 May 1981. The train had just crossed the River Raisin trestle and was leaning into the curve behind Paul’s Trailer Court […]

     
  • Photo day—PC lives on at Clinton

    Photo day—PC lives on at Clinton

    Conrail had been in existence for four months already in August 1976 when Edward Hodges photographed equipment for the Conrail Clinton Local behind the Budd Company plant at Clinton, Michigan. Yet the equipment is still in untouched Penn Central paint, a […]

     
  • Photo day—PC Heritage and a Canadian celebrity

    Photo day—PC Heritage and a Canadian celebrity

    It’s Conrail’s seven-month anniversary, 01 November 1976, but not much has changed on the Clinton Branch. Ed Hodges photographed GP-7 #5819 and caboose #19882 in the full colors of Conrail predecessor Penn Central on the Budd Company siding just south […]

     
  • Photo Day—The Plymouth at Budd

    Photo Day—The Plymouth at Budd

    On a snowy Saturday in January 1987, the Southern Michigan Railroad’s 35-ton Plymouth switcher makes a foray onto the Budd Company siding, just south of Clinton, Michigan. The switcher had been restored the previous year, and was running solo this […]

     
  • Winter blues in Tecumseh

    Winter blues in Tecumseh

    Southern boxcar #32984 is probably hoping for a quick return to warmer, sunnier climes of the South as it passes southbound through Tecumseh, Michigan on 22 January 1981, headed for Lenawee Junction. Photographer Edward Hodges was out on this bleak, […]

     
  • Conrail twilight in the snow

    Conrail twilight in the snow

    In late 1981, Conrail operations on the Clinton Secondary Track (Toledo–Clinton via Lenawee Junction) were coming to an end. Trains were called on an as-needed basis, running on average about once a week. There was no schedule, and trains were […]

     
 

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