A post relating to the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS)

 
 
  • Photo day—Sutton Southbound

    Photo day—Sutton Southbound

    On the warm afternoon of 03 September 1985, a group of motor cars is southbound on the Southern Michigan Railroad. This location is located south of the River Raisin “high bridge”, as the line enters an s-curve heading towards Raisin […]

     
  • Photo day—Night crossing in Clinton

    Photo day—Night crossing in Clinton

    On the winter evening of 07 February 1987, Southern Michigan Railroad Plymouth 35-tonner O&M 57 poses with an ex-N&W Fairmont M19 motor car #64553. The Plymouth had returned from a day trip to Tecumseh, and was ready to be put […]

     
  • Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    Edward D. Hodges, Sep. 17, 1938–Jan. 12, 2020

    I received word this morning from Tecumseh, Michigan of the passing of my long-time friend and contributor to this blog, Edward D. Hodges, on Sunday evening. A railroad modeler, photographer, historian, traveller and all-around enthusiast, Ed’s love of railroading was […]

     
  • The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    The first train reaches Tecumseh—180 years ago

    Before August 2018 runs its course, I thought it appropriate to note that this month marks an even 180 years of the arrival of the first train in Tecumseh. The Palmyra & Jacksonburg Railroad a line constructed north from a […]

     
  • SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    SMRS summer service begins (1988 edition)

    Spring is a time to look back at how the SMRS entered the 1988 tourist season…   Summer Service Begins Originally published in “The Cross Tracks” winter 1988 issue By Jeff Dobek Saturday, April 30, 1988 will mark the start of […]

     
  • Clinton Yard—then and now

    Clinton Yard—then and now

    Since the early 1960s, when the section north to Manchester and Jackson was removed, Clinton, Michigan has served as the terminus of the Jackson (later Clinton) Branch of the New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. In the 1980s, the […]

     
  • The "Cut-Off" come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    The “Cut-Off” come to life—Michigan motor car adventures in the 1950s

    by Jeffrey Dobek photos from the Gary Zeitler collection This article originally appeared in Issue 34 of “The Speeder”, the publication of the Motor Car Collectors of America, in Autumn 1995. Over the last decade, the motor car hobby has grown, […]

     
  • Photo day—AApparation in the fog

    Photo day—AApparation in the fog

    On the foggy morning of 27 July 1986, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society’s ex-Ann Arbor Railroad RS-2 #303 has come to life. Pushing dead sister #301 and Jim Frye’s ex-GTW caboose, the veteran Alco has crept north for the first time […]

     
  • Final freight in Clinton

    Final freight in Clinton

    Conrail’s days as the operator of the Clinton Branch from Lenawee Junction to Clinton, Michigan were coming to a close at the beginning of 1982. The company had already applied to abandon the line, and the only active shippers remaining […]

     
  • Photo day—the SMRS ICE train

    Photo day—the SMRS ICE train

    No, this was not a tour by the German ICE train, but rather a trip made by members of the Southern Michigan Railroad on an icy day in January 1988. Starting from Clinton, a group of members set out with […]

     
 

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