A post relating to the Penn Central Transportation Company

 
 
  • Winter's End—Clinton, MI 1979

    Winter’s End—Clinton, MI 1979

    Spring was not far away when Edward Hodges photographed Conrail’s Clinton Local at Clinton, Mich. in March of 1979. It is likely a weekend day, as no crew is present and the train is tied down with locomotive idling on […]

     
  • The last winter of the Clinton Branch—40 years later

    The last winter of the Clinton Branch—40 years later

    by Jeffrey Dobek Photos—the author, except as noted A filing with the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 16, 1981 signaled the coming end of Conrail freight service on the Clinton Branch between Lenawee Junction and Clinton, Michigan: Although press reports […]

     
  • Photo day—Amtrak's "St. Clair" at Detroit (1973)

    Photo day—Amtrak’s “St. Clair” at Detroit (1973)

    Amtrak train #363, the westbound “St. Clair”, stirs up the dust as it crosses Central Ave. at the west end of Livernois Yard in Detroit on the afternoon of July 6, 1973. Classic cars spice up the scene, and in […]

     
  • Photo day—Westbound at Vickers

    Photo day—Westbound at Vickers

    Conrail caboose #21215 brings up the rear of a westbound freight train at Vickers Crossing at Toledo (Northwood), Ohio on March 3, 1984, finishing a crossover movement between main tracks. The train has just passed over the diamonds of the […]

     
  • Shades of red in downtown Tecumseh

    Shades of red in downtown Tecumseh

    It’s a sunny fall day as the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s GE 44-ton switcher #75 leads a northbound Fall Color Tour train across Chicago Boulevard (M-50) in downtown Tecumseh, Michigan on 05 October 1996. Despite the green light, traffic on […]

     
  • Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Lumbering out of Lenawee

    Photos by Edward Hodges Grey skies portend the future of Conrail’s Clinton Branch at Lenawee Junction, Michigan on December 15, 1981. Ed Hodges was on-hand to capture the northbound departure of this short freight train. A carload of lumber for […]

     
  • 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—All black in Toledo

    Photo day—All black in Toledo

    Conrail GP38-2 #8006, along with a sister also still in Penn Central black, lead a northbound train approaching the Nebraska Avenue crossing in Toledo, Ohio on 24 August 1982. The lead locomotive was built by EMD for Penn Central in […]

     
  • Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    Photo day—Spring weather near Tecumseh

    The leaves on the line side trees are coming out as Conrail’s “Clinton Local” approaches Tecumseh, Michigan on 21 May 1981. The train had just crossed the River Raisin trestle and was leaning into the curve behind Paul’s Trailer Court […]

     
  • Photo day—PC lives on at Clinton

    Photo day—PC lives on at Clinton

    Conrail had been in existence for four months already in August 1976 when Edward Hodges photographed equipment for the Conrail Clinton Local behind the Budd Company plant at Clinton, Michigan. Yet the equipment is still in untouched Penn Central paint, a […]

     
 

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