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I discovered the PH&D with a forgotten cohort in July of 1982. In December of 1984, the PH&D was purchased by CSX.

The PH&D operated three Alco switchers: S-1 #52; S-2 #60; and S-4 #62. I never saw the 52 outside of the Roundhouse.

I was shooting Kodachrome 64 - each slide cost me just shy of a quarter for film, postage and processing. I was making $4-5 dollars an hour at the time. And I lived over 300 miles away. 30+ years later, I wish I'd shot more... I have too many memories of the people that made the railroad what it was, and too few pictures of them. That said, I shot in low light, bad light and back light! I still keep in touch with a couple of former employees. Doesn't seem like 30+ years ago...

The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society's Facebook Page can be found here.

These images have been reprocessed in late 2019 (better monitor, software, etc.). I didn't crop the originals - that gives you the opportunity to crop as you'd like.

As I was reprocessing, I noticed that these images got the freezer treatment - I froze the film until I could afford processing. Some of the images were frozen for over two years before they were processed and seen. Gives a new appreciation to digital, doesn't it!

These images appear in my book "The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad and Connections in Color, 1982-1984 (Second Edition). Click on the Books tab for details, or go to Amazon to purchase a copy.
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