A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    In the 1980s, a Christmas tradition in Tecumseh, MI was the annual “Christmas Walk”, sponsored by the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce. Held on a Saturday evening, local shops stayed open late, the streets were decorated, Santa was present, and people […]

     
  • A Phone Box for Staib

    A Phone Box for Staib

    Along the former-NYC “Old Road” line between Toledo and Adrian, MI, the NYC, Penn Central and later Conrail had used block limit rules for train operations. This required an ability to call the train dispatcher (in this case at Nasby […]

     
  • The NYC depot at Morenci, Michigan

    The NYC depot at Morenci, Michigan

    By David J. Mrozek This article was originally printed in the April-May 1984 edition of The Cross Tracks, newsletter of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society. As the Summer of 1979 drew to a close, the end of the line was […]

     
  • A TJ short—To Clinton by Train in 1929

    A TJ short—To Clinton by Train in 1929

    This is a passage from a letter by Christine Fowler Stout of Adrian, published in the October-November 1983 edition of the Cross Tracks, newsletter of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society: I came to Michigan from Florida to see if things […]

     
  • Photo day—obey the signs!

    Photo day—obey the signs!

    A Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service, led by Plymouth locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 arrives at Brown Street in Tecumseh, Michigan on 06 June 1987. To the right are vintage signs from the New York Central days, providing […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Replicating an NYC speeder

    Replicating an NYC speeder

    The mid to late-1980s was the age of the railway motor car on the Southern Michigan Railroad, which owned the line between Clinton and Lenawee Junction, Mich. The recent large sales of used motor cars by the Norfolk and Western […]

     
  • A Working Day on the LCRC

    A Working Day on the LCRC

    By Mark D. Comstock Photography-The author This article originally appeared in the Winter 1988 edition of “The Cross Tracks”. I have long wanted to follow a working day in the life of our southeast Michigan neighbor, the Lenawee County Railroad. […]

     
 

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