Rails Around the Thumb

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Discover how important railroads once were to Michigan's Thumb region in this wonderful collection of images. Although the area is best known for its agrarian roots, the railroad operations were involved in so much more, from light industries that fed the auto industry to shipments of fish from Saginaw Bay into eastern markets.Return to a time when everyone knew the route of the "Polly-Ann," local citizens identified the time of day by the sound of a train whistle, and the arrival of a train crew nearly doubled a town's population. Many of the images in this book have never been seen before, or, if so, only in a family's living room, soon to be returned to grandpa's trunk in the attic. These images surfaced to introduce future generations to what railroading in the Thumb once was. In an age when many of these railroad lines have disappeared, it can be hard to believe how many once crisscrossed this area.
ISBN: 9780738592169
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This book was written and researched by T.J. Gaffney, former executive director of the Steam Railroading Institute and owner of Streamline Historic Services. Many of the images come from his private collection or those of dear friends and fellow collectors.
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