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  • Summer switching in Adrian

    Summer switching in Adrian

    Forty-one years ago, on a sunny 23 June 1983, I was in Adrian, Michigan and had a chance to photograph the Lenawee County Railroad doing some switching in the area of the their main office and engine house on E. […]

  • Photo day—Conrail Caboose Hop

    Photo day—Conrail Caboose Hop

    Conrail GP-8 #5457 and caboose #19865 cross Chicago Blvd. (M-50) in downtown Tecumseh, Michigan on 08 October 1980. Edward Hodges photographed this “caboose hop” (a locomotive and caboose running without any freight cars). The Budd Company at Clinton had stopped […]

  • Photo day—Southbound Local

    Photo day—Southbound Local

    On an early spring day in April 1979, Edward Hodges captured Conrail’s “Clinton Local” southbound at milepost 31, a few miles north of Tecumseh, Michigan. The tired old ex-New York Central GP-7 is pulling a string of boxcars loaded with […]

  • Jackson then and now

    Jackson then and now

    by Douglas N. Leffler February 28, 2024 The weather was so mild tonight, I decided to go down to the Jackson depot and shoot a few images of westbound Amtrak 355. I used the iPhone on a tripod for the […]

  • Photo day—Spring Local

    Photo day—Spring Local

    There were only traces of snow on the ground on 12 April 1977 when Ed Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local switching behind the Budd Company plant on the south side of Clinton, Michigan. Conrail has already existed for over one […]

  • Photo day—Grass Lake blue

    Photo day—Grass Lake blue

    A Conrail auto parts train was heading westbound at Mt. Hope Road near Grass Lake, MI when Edward Hodges captured it on 25 March 1981. The location, milepost 64.3 (from Detroit), was the location of a dragging equipment detector. There […]

  • Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    Photo day—Tecumseh layover

    On a hot summer afternoon in 1988, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s train has arrived in downtown Tecumseh. Passengers have gotten off to walk about the town, and there will be a small break before the train starts its return […]

  • Clinton Crossing

    Clinton Crossing

    The Southern Michigan Railroad Society signed the contract to purchase Conrail’s Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Michigan in 1985. At this time there were no full-size trains on the line, and operations were handled using railroad motor cars. […]

  • Jackson's lonely RPO car

    Jackson’s lonely RPO car

    In early 1989, I drove to Jackson, Michigan to do an interview for a university journalism assignment. Afterwards, with a few frames left on the roll of film to use up, I drove by the Amtrak depot looking for something […]

  • Portrait of a local

    Portrait of a local

    In the late afternoon light of 09 December 1981, Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s northbound Clinton Local crossing Bidwell Street in Tecumseh, Michigan. The local is running on the Clinton Secondary Track and originated at Air Line Yard in Toledo, Ohio. […]


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