• Switcher summer in Adrian–1967

    Switcher summer in Adrian–1967

    It is the summer of 1967 in Adrian, Michigan. With the “Old Road” line from Toledo to Elkhart having been severed some years earlier, Adrian is a bit of a backwater on the mighty New York Central System, at the […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Late snow

    Late snow

    Winter snow was still apparent on the ground as Lenawee County Railroad Company #2 “George Crane” blocked Logan Street in Adrian, MI on 08 April 1982. The crew is switching the Hoover/Stubnitz facility (originally Stubnitz Spring, later merged with Hoover […]

     
  • Penn Central in Adrian (1974)

    Penn Central in Adrian (1974)

    Located at the end of the Erie & Kalamazoo, Michigan’s first railroad, Adrian, Michigan was long an important railroad town. Located on the “Old Road”, the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern’s original route between Toledo and Chicago, the town was […]

     
  • 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—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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • A Phone Box for Staib

    A Phone Box for Staib

    Along the former-NYC “Old Road” line between Toledo and Adrian, MI, the NYC, Penn Central and later Conrail had used block limit rules for train operations. This required an ability to call the train dispatcher (in this case at Nasby […]

     
 

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