• 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—Night crossing in Clinton

    Photo day—Night crossing in Clinton

    On the winter evening of 07 February 1987, Southern Michigan Railroad Plymouth 35-tonner O&M 57 poses with an ex-N&W Fairmont M19 motor car #64553. The Plymouth had returned from a day trip to Tecumseh, and was ready to be put […]

     
  • Switcher in the wilderness

    Switcher in the wilderness

    By the late 1970s, in the early Conrail days, the Clinton Secondary Track between Clinton and Lenawee Jct., Michigan was being encroached upon by wild vegetation. On a hot July afternoon in July 1978, Edward D. Hodges photographed the southbound […]

     
  • Photo day—Sunny day at Staib

    Photo day—Sunny day at Staib

    Conrail GP-7 #5903 heads a southbound train approaching Staib Road, between Clinton and Tecumseh, Michigan, on 27 February 1982. Behind the locomotive are two empty flatcars from Pallox, Inc. in Clinton and a caboose. This was one of the last […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    Photo day—Spring day on the Clinton Branch

    On a May afternoon 43 years ago, Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s southbound Clinton Local as it headed for Lenawee Junction, Michigan. The location for this May 1977 photo is just north of the Staib Road crossing between Clinton and Tecumseh. […]

     
  • 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 first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    Before August 2018 runs its course, I thought it appropriate to note that this month marks an even 180 years of the arrival of the first train in Tecumseh. The Palmyra & Jacksonburg Railroad a line constructed north from a […]

     
  • The D&LN Comes To Town

    The D&LN Comes To Town

      by Edward D. Hodges Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” Summer 1987 issue on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of this event; this year–2017–marks the 120th anniversary of the completion of the D&LN. TOOT! TOOT! TOOT! The Lima Northern […]

     
  • Clinton Yard—then and now

    Clinton Yard—then and now

    Since the early 1960s, when the section north to Manchester and Jackson was removed, Clinton, Michigan has served as the terminus of the Jackson (later Clinton) Branch of the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. In the 1980s, 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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