A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • Autumn afternoon at the Junction (1980)

    Autumn afternoon at the Junction (1980)

    The smell of burning leaves is surely in the air on the sunny afternoon of 22 October 1980 as Conrail’s southbound Clinton Local trundles through Tecumseh, Michigan. The locomotive’s bell will be ringing, as it did all the way through […]

     
  • A new series about the history of Tecumseh’s railroads

        Today marks the publishing of the first part of Edward Hodges’ history of the railroad of Tecumseh. The first part is a history of the Palmyra & Jacksonburgh Railroad, the north/south line which later became the New York […]

     
  • Adventures with the Penn Central in Clinton (1974)

    Adventures with the Penn Central in Clinton (1974)

    by Eric Reinert Here are my recollections of the Penn Central operations I have from the brief period that I lived in Clinton, Michigan. We moved to Clinton from Milan, Mich. in October 1974, 6-7 weeks after school had started, […]

     
  • Photo day—Alco at the interchange

    Photo day—Alco at the interchange

    On the frigid morning of 10 February 1983, Lenawee County Railroad Co. Alco RS-1 #3 is preparing to enter the interchange track with the Norfolk & Western Railway at Adrian, Michigan. Four boxcars (probably from the Hoover Universal plant in […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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