One of the oldtimers came by my garage sale last summer and told me of working the elevator in Jeddo as a kid around 14 y/o. He would shovel / sweep feed out of the box cars. It was hot and dusty work in the summer.
As far as train frequency, I think it was no more than one train a day in each direction before the 1950s. Ag, coal, fuel, hay, stone, all would have been hauled on the line.
The rails were first laid in late 1878 by the Port Huron & Northwestern RR and reached Croswell from Port Huron by 1879. By 1882 the PH&NW RR incorporated the Port Huron & Southwestern Railroad and built the line from Port Huron to Almont.
By the end of the year, the PH&NW had laid track to Saginaw finally linking Port Huron to the Saginaw Valley through the junction at Zoin (south of Blaine and north of Atkins... now just ghost towns). By April of 1889 the PH&NW was merged into the F&PM RR. The PH&NW RR also built lines into Bad Axe, Harbor Beach which all were eventually converted to the standard gauge by the F&PM RR when they took over the PH&NW RR.
There are not many photos available of the line from Port Huron north to Croswell. There is a painting in the North Street Post Office of the depot by the RR tracks in which the PO was also located.
There also is not much left of the remains of the line south of Croswell or from Zoin to Yale (to Saginaw) segment. Much of the grade is visible but overgrown.
There is an old watering station at Atkins south of Zion off of Feick Rd. This sits along with the old ROW along with footings for the tank and heating buildings.
There is also the remains of the impoundment where the RR dammed up a small creek to hold water for the water tank.
In the center of the old impoundment is a cement monolith that must have controlled the water level with valves. It stands about 20ft+ tall and is surrounded by pickers and thorns.
This area is best viewable now in the winter.
We had a road rally on this line last year which was quite fun.
Amazingly, CSX still owns much of the ROW from Feick Rd north to Hewitt Rd. This includes the watering station and the impoundment. In all the one section between Metcalf Rd and Feick rd equates to around 16 acres of land... with no rail. My neighbor wanted to buy the ROW which bisected his farm and the RR said they would not sell it to them! They told him to sue if he was really serious about purchasing the land. He never did. I still cannot figure that out.
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