A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

 
 
  • 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. […]

     
  • The Staib Road shuffle

    The Staib Road shuffle

    On 31 May 1987, the southbound Southern Michigan Railroad “caboose train” (made up of Plymouth switcher #57 and 1-2 caboose cars) has just crossed Staib Road, heading for Tecumseh. The single-ended siding at Staib (which once served Tecumseh Crop Service) […]

     
  • Photo day—Fall Festival 1986

    Photo day—Fall Festival 1986

    The parade is over, and the 1986 Clinton (Mich.) Fall Festival is coming to an end. At the Southern Michigan Railroad, the day isn’t over. A crowd of parade-goers is now descending on railroad, ready to ride back to their […]

     
 

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