• Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    It Is Saturday, June 6, 1987, and a southbound Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service is just crossing Bidwell Street in the city of Tecumseh, Michigan. The train is led by the SMR’s 35-ton Plymouth locomotive #57 (lettered for the long-gone […]

     
  • Photo day—Palmyra caboose hop

    Photo day—Palmyra caboose hop

    On 27 June 1982, Edward Hodges caught a Conrail train returning from Lenawee Junction, Michigan to Toledo, Ohio passing the site of the former station at Palmyra, Mich. In March of 1982, Conrail had abandoned service on the Clinton Branch […]

     
  • Photo day—Good Friday at Clinton

    Photo day—Good Friday at Clinton

    On Good Friday, 17 April 1981, Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local switching at the Budd Company siding in Clinton, Michigan. The Local’s “regular” locomotive GP-8 #5457 manoeuvres a Penn Central boxcar on the plant siding, while the rest of […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Riding the CSR-1 with Dale, Walt and the rest of the guys

    Riding the CSR-1 with Dale, Walt and the rest of the guys

    by Edward Hodges Photos by the author CSR stood for the Clinton Switch Run—the Conrail designation for the local freight that ran from Toledo, Ohio to Clinton, Michigan on the remaining portion of the NYC branch that used to run […]

     
  • Splitting the switch at Riga

    Splitting the switch at Riga

    Following Conrail’s embargo of the Clinton Secondary Track between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Mich. in early 1982, Conrail continued to operate a local from time to time from Toledo to Lenawee Junction to interchange with the Lenawee County Railroad. The […]

     
  • The "Cut-Off" come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    The “Cut-Off” come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    by Jeffrey Dobek photos from the Gary Zeitler collection This article originally appeared in Issue 34 of “The Speeder”, the publication of the Motor Car Collectors of America, in Autumn 1995. Over the last decade, the motor car hobby has grown, […]

     
 

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