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

 
 
  • Tecumseh autumn arrival (1980)

    Tecumseh autumn arrival (1980)

    The leaves on the trees were turning and the afternoon shadows getting long when Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s Clinton Local arriving in Tecumseh, Michigan on 22 October 1980. The Local, running southbound from Clinton to Lenawee Junction, is approaching the […]

     
  • Winter's End—Clinton, MI 1979

    Winter’s End—Clinton, MI 1979

    Spring was not far away when Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local at Clinton, Mich. in March of 1979. It is likely a weekend day, as no crew is present and the train is tied down with locomotive idling on […]

     
  • Conrail in Lenawee County—countdown to abandonment

    Conrail in Lenawee County—countdown to abandonment

    Throughout 1981, the possibility that Conrail would abandon its trackage in Lenawee County was a topic for the local media. The articles were published throughout that year, and provide a look back at the thinking and ideas being mulled at […]

     
  • The last winter of the Clinton Branch—40 years later

    The last winter of the Clinton Branch—40 years later

    by Jeffrey Dobek Photos—the author, except as noted A filing with the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 16, 1981 signaled the coming end of Conrail freight service on the Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Michigan: Although press reports […]

     
  • Shades of red in downtown Tecumseh

    Shades of red in downtown Tecumseh

    It’s a sunny fall day as the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s GE 44-ton switcher #75 leads a northbound Fall Color Tour train across Chicago Boulevard (M-50) in downtown Tecumseh, Michigan on 05 October 1996. Despite the green light, traffic on […]

     
  • Photo day—Weekend rest

    Photo day—Weekend rest

    Conrail’s Clinton local waits out the weekend, tied down on the Budd Company siding at Clinton, Michigan, on Saturday, 21 January 1981. Photographer Edward Hodges hiked out to the location to photograph the train, as operations on the Clinton line neared […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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