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

 
 
  • Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    Dashing through the snow—in a Plymouth!

    The first piece of full-sized railroad equipment owned by Southern Michigan Railroad Society (not counting the track cars which were accumulating at the time), was the 35-ton Plymouth locomotive. It was donated by the Hayes-Albion Company in Albion, Michigan, and […]

     
  • Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    Photo day—SMRS work crew at Tecumseh in 1984

    It looks like the weather in Tecumseh on Saturday, 08 December 1984 was pretty nice as this Southern Michigan Railroad crew set out to work on some maintenance tasks on the line. Here, at Shawnee St. in Tecumseh, they have been […]

     
  • Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    Photo day—MRC visits the SMRS

    It’s 06 September 1986, and a busload of members of the Michigan Railroad Club set out from Dearborn, Michigan on one of the club’s “mystery” trips, today for a visit and ride on the Southern Michigan Railroad. The SMR prepared […]

     
  • Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    Santa arrives in Clinton—SMRS 1983–84

    In the early 1980s, the Village of Clinton, Michigan held a “Christmas Walk” on the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year. Being civic-minded, the newly formed Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS) worked with the village to bring Santa to town each year […]

     
  • Photo day—SMRS at night

    Photo day—SMRS at night

    A Southern Michigan Railroad train, with locomotive O&M #57 and caboose NYC #21692 is seen northbound, just south of Tecumseh, Michigan, on 17 October 1987. The “Yard Limit” sign indicates the start of the Tecumseh yard, where the train must […]

     
  • Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    Photo day—at Tecumseh Junction

    It’s early days for the Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS). Our first piece of rolling stock was a Fairmont M19 motor car, #M-76, donated by Thelma Miller of Dundee, Michigan. Her late husband had worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad, […]

     
  • SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)—addendum

    In follow-up to the post SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986), I located two more photographs from the 1986 Tours:     And even more interesting, a photo from the original 1985 Color Tours showed up! In this year, most dates were rained out, […]

     
  • First run for the SMRS

    First run for the SMRS

    The last Conrail train over the Clinton Branch operated from Clinton to Lenawee Junction in March 1982. After this, the disused line quickly became overgrown with weeds and brush. The Southern Michigan Railroad Society had been formed in 1982 to try […]

     
  • SMRS gets some A5s

    SMRS gets some A5s

    In the mid 1980s, the Norfolk and Western Railway was in the process of retiring its track motor cars (speeders) from service. The cars were being replaced by hi-rail trucks, and the retired cars were sent to the N&W yard […]

     
  • SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)

    SMRS Fall Color Tours (1986)

    The Southern Michigan Railroad started scheduled services over the north part of its line between Tecumseh and Clinton in the summer of 1985. Following the end of the summer season in that year, the Society planned to use the more […]

     
 

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