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Century-Old Michigan Roundhouse Razed

May 14, 2021

CSX is going ahead with razing the former Port Huron & Detroit roundhouse in Port Huron, Michigan.

Part of the century-old building had collapsed in April. Razing of the structure began last Monday.

The roundhouse has long been vacant and demolition had begun in 2018 but was halted due to environmental concerns.

Efforts by a historical society to preserve the building were dropped because of the cost.

Michigan Roundhouse May be Razed

April 5, 2021

CSX may demolish a roundhouse in Port Huron, Michigan, after a portion of it collapsed last week.

The roundhouse had been built in 1920 by the Port Huron & Detroit.

Dismantling of the building had started in 2018 but had been halted over environmental concerns.

The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society had considered seeking to purchase the roundhouse and restoring it but decided against that.

Dan Meinhard, president of the historical society, said a wall of the roundhouse likely collapsed during high winds during a storm.

“When you have a huge wall like that, that’s basically a free-standing wall, it’s basically a big sail,” Meinhard said.  

Meinhard said the decaying structure is a hazard because it’s unstable.

Although CSX has posted no trespassing signs on the property, the roundhouse has been visited by urban explorers and homeless people.

Michigan Society Acquires Historic Locomotive

January 8, 2015

 

Shown with former Port Huron & Detroit Alco S2 No. 52 are (from left) Sandy Duffy, T.J. Gaffney, Aaron Farmer, and Bruce Sawdon.

Shown with former Port Huron & Detroit Alco S2 No. 52 are (from left) Sandy Duffy, T.J. Gaffney, Aaron Farmer, and Bruce Sawdon.

The Michigan-based Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society has acquired Alco S2 No. 52 from Knoxville Locomotive Works.

One of two Alco units delivered new to the Port Huron & Detroit in August 1945, No. 52 will join restored PH&D caboose No. 62. An anonymous donor made the acquisition possible.

Knoxville Locomotive Works will store No. 52 for two years or until a suitable facility is ready in Michigan.

The PH&D plans to restore the locomotive cosmetically to its pre-1984 condition and place it on static display.

For more information on the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society, go to phdrailroad.com.