A post relating to railroading in Lenawee County, Michigan

  • Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Photo day—Britton in 1909

    Here’s an interesting old black and white photo of Britton, Michigan, taken in 1909. This is looking west down the present-day M-50/Monroe Road. Even though this highway is still a mud road at this time, crossing gates have been installed to […]

  • Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    The first piece of full-sized railroad equipment owned by Southern Michigan Railroad Society (not counting the track cars which were accumulating at the time), was the 35-ton Plymouth locomotive. It was donated by the Hayes-Albion Company in Albion, Michigan, and […]

  • Conrail vacates Grosvenor

    Conrail vacates Grosvenor

    After posting earlier this week about the Lenawee County Railroad (LCRC) at Grosvenor, MI, I ran across this photo, taken 4 days earlier—on 04 December 1982. Here the Conrail local, led by GP15-1 #1638, is returning to Toledo, OH from […]

  • The LCRC gets creative at Grosvenor

    The LCRC gets creative at Grosvenor

    Between 1980 and 1982, the Lenawee County Railroad Company (LCRC) had trackage rights over Conrail’s Clinton Secondary track between Lenawee Junction and Grosvenor, MI. This allowed the LCRC to access its Morenci Branch, which ran between Grosvenor and Morenci. (In […]

  • The DT&I local switches Tecumseh in the 1940s

    The DT&I local switches Tecumseh in the 1940s

    by Edward D. Hodges Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” June-July and August-September 1981 issues Although the tracks of two railroads, Conrail and Norfork and Western, enter Tecumseh today, rail service consists of only two freights a week. On Tuesdays […]

  • Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    It looks like the weather in Tecumseh on Saturday, 08 December 1984 was pretty nice as this Southern Michigan Railroad crew set out to work on some maintenance tasks on the line. Here, at Shawnee St. in Tecumseh, they have been […]

  • Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    It’s 06 September 1986, and a busload of members of the Michigan Railroad Club set out from Dearborn, Michigan on one of the club’s “mystery” trips, today for a visit and ride on the Southern Michigan Railroad. The SMR prepared […]

  • Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    In the early 1980s, the Village of Clinton, Michigan held a “Christmas Walk” on the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year. Being civic-minded, the newly formed Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS) worked with the village to bring Santa to town each year […]

  • Photo day—SMRS at night

    Photo day—SMRS at night

    A Southern Michigan Railroad train, with locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 is seen northbound, just south of Tecumseh, Michigan, on 17 October 1987. The “Yard Limit” sign indicates the start of the Tecumseh yard, where the train must […]

  • Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    It’s early days for the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS). Our first piece of rolling stock was a Fairmont M19 motor car, #M-76, donated by Thelma Miller of Dundee, Michigan. Her late husband had worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad, […]


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