A post relating to the state of Michigan

 
 
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—at the Huron and Eastern Railway

    Photo day—at the Huron and Eastern Railway

    On the occasion of Transportation Week in Michigan in 1989, the Huron and Eastern Railway organized an open house in its headquarters city of Bad Axe, MI on Saturday, 20 May 1989. For this celebration, several events took place: an […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 49 years of model trains

    49 years of model trains

    In the last few years I have returned to the hobby of model railroading. A change of apartments in 2012 finally provided me with room for constructing a layout, and about the same time I became involved with a modular model railway […]

     
  • 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—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Photo day—RDC at Saginaw in 1962

    Here’s a scene full of atmosphere! A New York Central “Beeliner” RDC-3 car departs from Saginaw, Mich. on southbound train #394, The Northerner, on 26 August 1962. Service between Mackinaw City and Saginaw would be discontinued 8 days later on 03 September […]

     
  • Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 3

    Steam railroading with George Camp—Part 3

      Freight Service by George W. Camp George W. Camp (1905-1998) was a member of the Southern Michigan Railroad Society in the mid-1980s, and submitted three articles for publication in the SMRS newsetter, The Cross Tracks, based on his experience of […]

     
  • Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    Photo day—Coe Rail 52

    On the sunny spring day of 08 April 1990, Coe Rail Alco S2 #52 is delivering empty cars to the C&O (CSX) at Wixom, Michigan. Coe Rail (CRLE) was incorporated in 1984 and operated over a section of the former-Grand […]

     
 

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