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Business from the auto industry and other sources in Detroit, gathered up the preceding day, leaves that metropolis in the early morning on DC-7, a manifest schedule calling for afternoon arrival at Gibson yard on the IHB. This Sunday edition of the…

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Detroit-Chicago train no. 355 brakes into the station at Niles, headed by J-3a Hudson 5425. Though declining steadily and way down from the immediate postwar level, passenger business was still reasonably good at the time on the 280-mile "corridor"…

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Redball CD-4 hustles into Niles behind F7 units 1676-2435-1667. This is a Blue Island-to-Dewitt schedule operating via Detroit, and its 74 cars include perishables handled by the IHB on the 3:00 AM cutoff from western connections at Chicago. The…

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Alco U-2 7368 is pictured in the clutches of a hostler at Botsford enginehouse in Kalamazoo (note the engineer's backrest). This is another NYC town, albeit with some competition from the Pennsylvania's GR&I and a Grand Trunk branch up from their…

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Manifest freight TL-2, the Central's prime service to its prominent automotive customers in Lansing, arrives in that city behind 4-8-2 2973. A portion of the train's 69-car consist originated in Stanley yard at Toledo, and the balance was added at…

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Helper 7526 will be cut away from extra 3100 west on the fly just around the curve. The train will pick up speed quickly behind the agile 4-8-2 on the first leg of its 190-mile run to the IHB's Gibson yard in Hammond, Indiana. The prosaic 0-8-0 will…

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A short but stiff grade beginning just west of Jackson station and extending westward through a residential area of the city lifts the main line out of the valley of the Grand River. Steam-powered freight trains of any consequence got rear-end…
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