• 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 […]

     
  • A Working Day on the LCRC

    A Working Day on the LCRC

    By Mark D. Comstock Photography-The author This article originally appeared in the Winter 1988 edition of “The Cross Tracks”. I have long wanted to follow a working day in the life of our southeast Michigan neighbor, the Lenawee County Railroad. […]

     
  • Vision in blue

    Vision in blue

    The Lenawee County Railroad Company’s newest locomotive, an Alco S2 recently acquired from the George Silcott Company in Worthington, Ohio, glints in the morning sun at Adrian, Michigan on 09 October 1978. The LCRC had started operations in autumn 1977 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Hillsdale 1908

    Hillsdale 1908

    Hillsdale was the “hub” of the network of New York Central secondary lines in southeastern Michigan. The Toledo-Elkhart “Old Road” ran through Hillsdale, and branch lines headed out in all directions. Here we find a nice vintage shot from Hillsdale, […]

     
 

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