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Michigan History Conference Seeks Presenters

February 23, 2022

The Michigan Railroad History Conference has issued a call for papers for its 2022 conference to be held in Sept. 17 in Ludington, Michigan.

The conference is seeking six presenters to talk about various aspects of Michigan’s railroad heritage.

Each presentation should be 30 to 45 minutes long and be content oriented rather than simply a collection of  photographs.

Interested individuals should contact Doug Johnson, chairperson, by March 15 at or at Chair at MRHC, P.O. Box  16235, Lansing, MI 48901. 

Presentation proposals should include a suggested title and brief description of the topic to be covered. The conference committee will review submissions and select presentations to provide a well-rounded quality program.

Michigan Conference Seeking Presenters

November 29, 2021

The Michigan Railroad History Conference has issued a call for papers for its 2022 event to be held Sept. 17 in Ludington, Michigan.

Papers may focus on any aspect of Michigan railroad history with presenters giving a 30-to-50 minute presentation about their topic.

The presentation should be content oriented rather than photography oriented. Presentation proposals are being accepted through March 1, 2022.

Those interested in presenting should submit a suggested title, a brief description of the topic to be covered in the paper, and brief background information on the author(s) to or by mail to MRHC, PO Box 16325, Lansing MI 48901.

A selection committee will review all submissions and select presentations to provide a well-rounded quality program.

The conference will be held at the United Methodist Church of Ludington. Although the conference is usually held every other year, the 2021 conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the 16th conference with the 15th conference in Ann Arbor drawing more than 100 attendees.

ELHS to Hold Annual Symposium in Marion Sept. 27-28

August 5, 2019

The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society will hold its annual symposium in Marion, Ohio,  on Sept. 27 and 28 featuring feature modeling clinics and slide shows.

Registration will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday with a tour of AC Tower set for 4 p.m.

Dinner will be on your own. The first of two slide shows during the symposium titled The EL Through the Lens of Joseph Slanser will begin at 8 p.m.

If time permits ELHS members will be allowed to show their own slides and digital images in a member’s night format following the Slanser show.

On Saturday, Marion Union Station will open at 8 a.m. A modeling clinic presented by John Sweicki titled Modeling the Lackawanna by K Line in O scale will begin at 10 a.m.

A lunch break is scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be followed by two model railroading clinics.

Frank Bongiovanni will present Bashing and Scratching Structures at 1 p.m. followed by John Sweicki, Model Airbrushing With Paint That Cannot Be Airbrushed at 2:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the second part of the program featuring images of the El made by Joseph Slanser will begin.

Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at The Warehouse Restaurant with a program at Marion Union Station at 8 p.m. titled The Other Railroads of Marion.

The registration fee for the symposium is $48 per person and included dinner on Saturday night.

Michigan History Conference to be in Ann Arbor

August 5, 2019

The 15th Michigan Railroad History Conference will be held on Sept. 20-22 in Ann Arbor at Washtenaw Community College.

The registration fee is $65 if paid before Sept. 1 and $75 after that date.

Headlining the conference on Sept. 21 will be featured speaker Kevin Keefe, former editor of Trains magazine and the author of the Mileposts column published on the Classic Trains website.

Keefe’s presentation is titled: How the Michigan Central got to Chicago and Personal and Professional Reflections on a Life with Trains.

Other presenters and their programs include: Mark Hildebrandt, Electric Trolleys of Washtenaw County; Nick Korstange, Wood, Water and Wheels–Logging by Rail and Water; Jefferson Seaver,  A Peculiar Lumber Tramway; E. Ray Lichty, History and Sale of the Pere Marquette/C&O/CSX Carferry Services; Ford Cotton, Rail Service Through Ewen from the DSS&A to the Soo Line and into History; Rahn Stokes, Jackson Yard: Viewpoint of the Second Shift Yardmaster in the Early Seventies; and Dean Pyers, Train Robberies in Michigan.

There will be two field trips, both of which have additional charges.

On Sept. 20 there will be a tour of railroad operations at Greenfield Village and the Michigan Central Depot in Detroit that is limited to 25 people.

It will begin at The Henry Ford where the curator of transportation will discuss the role of railroad history at Greenfield Village.

There will be a walk through the DT&M roundhouse moved from Marshall, Michigan, where an active shop performs collection maintenance and restoration.

Additional structures that tour attendees will see include the coaling tower, water tower, manually-operated turntable and ash dump.

Lunch will be at the Cork and Gabel Restaurant in Detroit (included in the field trip fee of $75) where the construction manager for the Michigan Central Station project will describe plans for rehabilitation of Michigan Central Station.

The depot is now owned by Ford Motor Company and is the focus of its facilities devoted to development of autonomous vehicles.

There will be a brief walk through parts of the station with the points to be seen dependent on construction work underway.

On Sunday, another field trip will be held to view the remains of the Jackson-Ann Arbor electric railways.

Two companies (Hawks–Angus and Boland–Foote syndicates) competed to provide interurban service between Ann Arbor and Jackson

Their tracks were never more than three miles apart and crossed each other in five places.

This tour, led by Norm Krentel and Doug Johnson, will follow one line from Ann Arbor to Jackson and the other back to Ann Arbor.

There will be a stop at the Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake.

The fee for this bus tour is $30 and it will depart from the Washtenaw Community College parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

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Ohio Rail Conference Set for Sept. 29 in Dennison

September 18, 2018

Five Northeast Ohio railroad historians will give presentations at the 2018 Ohio Rail Conference to be held Sept. 29 in Dennison, Ohio.

Among the presenters is Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders who will give a program titled The 3‑C Route: Past, Present, and Potential. Also presenting will be ARRC member Blaine Hays with a program titled Northern Ohio Interurbans.

Other presenters and their programs include: The New York Central’s M‑497 Jet‑powered RDC by Don Wetzel; What Ohio Lost with the Creation of Conrai by Sheldon Lustig; and The Lake Erie, Alliance & Wheeling Railroad by Chip Symes.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and be held at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and the Masonic Hall.

The registration fee is $20 and includes a light or boxed lunch. There will also be tours of the Depot Museum.

Checks made payable to Ohio Rail Conference should be sent to Ohio Rail Conference, 526 Superior Ave. East #320, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1964.

For further information, contact Sheldon Lustig at 440‑823‑7762 or by e‑mail at LELLAW@EX100.COM