A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • Switcher summer in Adrian–1967

    Switcher summer in Adrian–1967

    It is the summer of 1967 in Adrian, Michigan. With the “Old Road” line from Toledo to Elkhart having been severed some years earlier, Adrian is a bit of a backwater on the mighty New York Central System, at 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 […]

     
  • Late snow

    Late snow

    Winter snow was still apparent on the ground as Lenawee County Railroad Company #2 “George Crane” blocked Logan Street in Adrian, MI on 08 April 1982. The crew is switching the Hoover/Stubnitz facility (originally Stubnitz Spring, later merged with Hoover […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Penn Central in Adrian (1974)

    Penn Central in Adrian (1974)

    Located at the end of the Erie & Kalamazoo, Michigan’s first railroad, Adrian, Michigan was long an important railroad town. Located on the “Old Road”, the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern’s original route between Toledo and Chicago, the town was […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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