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

 
 
  • Photo day—Conrail Caboose Hop

    Photo day—Conrail Caboose Hop

    Conrail GP-8 #5457 and caboose #19865 cross Chicago Blvd. (M-50) in downtown Tecumseh, Michigan on 08 October 1980. Edward Hodges photographed this “caboose hop” (a locomotive and caboose running without any freight cars). The Budd Company at Clinton had stopped […]

     
  • Photo day—Southbound Local

    Photo day—Southbound Local

    On an early spring day in April 1979, Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s “Clinton Local” southbound at milepost 31, a few miles north of Tecumseh, Michigan. The tired old ex-New York Central GP-7 is pulling a string of boxcars loaded with […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring Local

    Photo day—Spring Local

    There were only traces of snow on the ground on 12 April 1977 when Ed Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local switching behind the Budd Company plant on the south side of Clinton, Michigan. Conrail has already existed for over one […]

     
  • Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    On a hot summer afternoon in 1988, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s train has arrived in downtown Tecumseh. Passengers have gotten off to walk about the town, and there will be a small break before the train starts its return […]

     
  • Clinton Crossing

    Clinton Crossing

    The Southern Michigan Railroad Society signed the contract to purchase Conrail’s Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Michigan in 1985. At this time there were no full-size trains on the line, and operations were handled using railroad motor cars. […]

     
  • Photo day—Alcos in the snow

    Photo day—Alcos in the snow

    It is 22 December 1985, and Lenawee County Railroad #2 “George Crane” has just spotted former-Ann Arbor Railroad RS-2s #301 and #303 (carrying reporting marks “SMRX”) on the west leg of the wye at Lenawee Junction, Michigan for delivery to […]

     
  • Portrait of a local

    Portrait of a local

    In the late afternoon light of 09 December 1981, Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s northbound Clinton Local crossing Bidwell Street in Tecumseh, Michigan. The local is running on the Clinton Secondary Track and originated at Air Line Yard in Toledo, Ohio. […]

     
  • Budd's siding (1976)

    Budd’s siding (1976)

    On an August afternoon in 1976, Edward Hodges photographed the equipment for the Clinton Local outside the Budd Company plant in Clinton, Michigan. Although this is the fifth month of Conrail’s existence, the equipment on this day remains completely in […]

     
  • Switching at the Junction

    Switching at the Junction

    Looking like a scene from the 1960s, this photograph was taken at Lenawee Junction, Michigan on the Lenawee County Railroad on 03 November 1986. The LCRC is switching equipment of the Southern Michigan Railroad following a weekend display in Blissfield […]

     
  • November morning in Clinton

    November morning in Clinton

    On the morning of 03 November 1987, the Southern Michigan Railroad’s (SMRS) Plymouth switcher #57 is warming up in front of the group’s headquarters/museum building in Clinton, Michigan. Lettered for the long-defunct Ohio & Morenci Railroad, #57 was SMR’s only […]

     
 

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