Does anyone know who the original customers were on the line(s) the Huron & Eastern started with? Not necessarily the line west of Bad Axe, but the lines to Croswell, Harbor Beach and Sandusky? Does anyone know what the carloadings were in the early days, where I could find the information, or have a good estimate of what the carloadings were?
Relating to the Sandusky branch specifically, does anyone have any decent photos of the track layout in Sandusky, or the current (or former) customers at the time the HESR starting serving the branch? I know Fred (Maddog) shared a photo of the Art Train in Sandusky, but outside of personal recollection and the occasional gem I find in an old plat book or newspaper, I haven't seen many photos of what things used to look like in town. Unfortunately, most of my personal recollections date back to after the branch was abandoned.
I've heard multiple people state that the paint scheme used by the railroad before the Rail America scheme came about was reminiscent of the Pere Marquette's paint scheme, but there appear to be some variations between the PM and what the HESR used. Does anyone know if the HESR had their locomotives hand painted, or if stencils were used for the lettering on the long hoods, and the smaller heralds on the ends of the hoods? Would anyone know if the letters on the sides of the (long) hoods came from a particular font, or if it was something designed uniquely for the railroad's locomotives?
I'd appreciate any and all information you guys can offer. As I think these things through a little more, I may have a few additional questions as well.
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