By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor
During my swing through Michigan I stopped by some small museums with static displays. They didn’t happen to be open when I visited, so I didn’t try to write feature stories about them. Nonetheless, they are typical of the large amount of railway preservation that’s out there, reminding people of the history of their communities.
The Whitehall Caboose Museum on the Lake Michigan side of the state is operated by the local chamber of commerce. The restored Pere Marquette depot houses the local visitor center. The caboose is out back.
Inland, the Sanford Centennial Museum is an historic village of nine buildings that were transported to the site. Among them is the 1870 Pere Marquette depot. Displayed alongside it on a short length of track is a small industrial loco, two cabooses and a boxcar.
I stopped by the Saginaw Railway Museum at a bad time. It wasn’t open and the light was all wrong for photos, so I must apologize to its volunteers for an inadequate presentation.
Indiana bonus photos
The return trip took me through Chicago, so I decided to use old Highway 12 through Gary. The industrial landscape of northern Indiana is a pretty amazing place. Beside a roadside park in downtown Gary is this Elgin Joliet & Eastern 2-8-2.
A set of South Shore Line MUs were parked above it and the contrast was too good to pass up.