• 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 […]

     
  • Conrail in Sturgis

    Conrail in Sturgis

    Located in St. Joseph County, Michigan, Sturgis was once an important railroad junction. The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern/New York Central’s “Old Road”—the original LS&MS main line to Chicago—passed through. The Old Road had a crossing in town at RK […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Photos by Edward Hodges Grey skies portend the future of Conrail’s Clinton Branch at Lenawee Junction, Michigan on December 15, 1981. Ed Hodges was on-hand to capture the northbound departure of this short freight train. A carload of lumber for […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    The leaves on the line side trees are coming out as Conrail’s “Clinton Local” approaches Tecumseh, Michigan on 21 May 1981. The train had just crossed the River Raisin trestle and was leaning into the curve behind Paul’s Trailer Court […]

     
  • Photo day—Conrail at Coldwater

    Photo day—Conrail at Coldwater

    Conrail’s eastbound “Quincy Turn” eases past the former-LS&MS depot at Coldwater, Michigan on 18 May 1983. The train originated at Sturgis, and is headed east over the “Old Road” to the interchange with the Hillsdale County Railroad (HCRC) at Quincy, […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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