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

 
 
  • Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    Photo day—Bidwell Street Crossing

    It Is Saturday, June 6, 1987, and a southbound Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service is just crossing Bidwell Street in the city of Tecumseh, Michigan. The train is led by the SMR’s 35-ton Plymouth locomotive #57 (lettered for the long-gone […]

     
  • Photo Day—The Plymouth at Budd

    Photo Day—The Plymouth at Budd

    On a snowy Saturday in January 1987, the Southern Michigan Railroad’s 35-ton Plymouth switcher makes a foray onto the Budd Company siding, just south of Clinton, Michigan. The switcher had been restored the previous year, and was running solo this […]

     
  • Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    Christmas in Tecumseh 1987

    In the 1980s, a Christmas tradition in Tecumseh, MI was the annual “Christmas Walk”, sponsored by the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce. Held on a Saturday evening, local shops stayed open late, the streets were decorated, Santa was present, and people […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Photo day—obey the signs!

    Photo day—obey the signs!

    A Southern Michigan Railroad passenger service, led by Plymouth locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 arrives at Brown Street in Tecumseh, Michigan on 06 June 1987. To the right are vintage signs from the New York Central days, providing […]

     
  • Replicating an NYC speeder

    Replicating an NYC speeder

    The mid to late-1980s was the age of the railway motor car on the Southern Michigan Railroad, which owned the line between Clinton and Lenawee Junction, Mich. The recent large sales of used motor cars by the Norfolk and Western […]

     
  • The Staib Road shuffle

    The Staib Road shuffle

    On 31 May 1987, the southbound Southern Michigan Railroad “caboose train” (made up of Plymouth switcher #57 and 1-2 caboose cars) has just crossed Staib Road, heading for Tecumseh. The single-ended siding at Staib (which once served Tecumseh Crop Service) […]

     
  • Photo day—Fall Festival 1986

    Photo day—Fall Festival 1986

    The parade is over, and the 1986 Clinton (Mich.) Fall Festival is coming to an end. At the Southern Michigan Railroad, the day isn’t over. A crowd of parade-goers is now descending on railroad, ready to ride back to their […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
 

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