The Jackson Branch
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That is incorrect. Southern Michigan Railroad Society operates the railroad from Clinton, Michigan to Raisin Center, Michigan a distance of 13.65 miles. We are a railroad historical society and operating museum. We do have a locomotive as well as a few cars to haul passengers down our line. The equipment at Lenawee Junction is SMRS equipment and belongs to the society, and NOT a private entity, exception being the GTW caboose.
Before some one puts information out there. It helps to make sure it is true.
I am a brakemen for the SMRS. We have have 2 44 tonner 1 CSS&SB number 1 a NYC bay window and a NH cupola caboose. a open air gon. a Plymouth switcher and the only one ever made GMDH-3. The line from jackson to clinton was taken out in the 60's by The NYC.
The railroad runs 13.5 miles from Clinton, Michigan, through Tecumseh, Michigan, to Lenawee Junction, Michigan. This line is the second railroad constructed in the State of Michigan, and the first branch line. It was originally the Palmyra Jacksonburgh Railroad, running between Palmyra (near Lenawee Junction) and Jackson, Michigan.
Southern Michigan Railroad route map
The railroad also runs 5 miles between the towns of Clinton and Tecumseh and 6.5 miles from Tecumseh to the rural railroad junction of Raisin Center, then two more miles to rural Lenawee Junction, an interchange with the freight and passenger Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road. Most trains operate between the two towns, permitting stopovers. In October, "Fall Color Tours" use the longer 6.5-mile segment to Raisin Center.
A notable feature of the line is Bridge 15, a Howe deck truss bridge listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The SMRS did not pull out the section of track from Clinton to Jackson! This was abandoned ca. 1965, and scrapped by the NYC.
The last Conrail freight train on the line operated in March 1982.
I would like to know what year did this line start up