A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—SC-1 on the Academy curve

    Photo day—SC-1 on the Academy curve

    The Michigan winter of 1981–82 was a long and hard one. Signs of winter remain on the spring afternoon of 08 April 1982 as Norfolk & Western Railway train SC-1, the “Super Charger” from Detroit to Kansas City, rounds the […]

     
  • Winter on the NYC "Old Road"

    Winter on the NYC “Old Road”

    By Douglas N. Leffler Attached are several images taken about 1950 in Hudson, Michigan on New York Central’s Toledo, Ohio to Elkhart, Indiana “Old Road” by my late friend, Jim Findlay. Jim was a resident of Hudson and regularly photographed […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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