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Package includes every book and DVD from the series ‘Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan,’ including:

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan: Volume 1 Introduction to Metropolitan Detroit Railroads, 1975 to 2000

“This is a color photography book about the railroads of Detroit between the years 1975 and 2000. Few cities in the United States changed as much as Detroit during this 25-year period. During that quarter century Detroit went from being an industrial powerhouse to practically nothing. The loss of industries also shuttered many of the factories and industries in Detroit that the railroads once served. Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 1 captures the last of the glory days of Detroit railroading at the end of the 20th Century in words and color photographs. Volume 1 of this series of books on Detroit’s Railroads introduces us to all the railroads serving the metropolitan Detroit area in the years 1975 to 2000. Class 1 railroads such as Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, Detroit & Toledo Shore Line, Grand Trunk Western, Chesapeake & Ohio, Conrail and Norfolk & Western before they were merged into larger railroads are covered. Also covered in Volume 1 are Detroit’s shortline railroads including Detroit Terminal, Wyandotte Terminal, Detroit Connecting, Delray Connecting and, further north a bit, Port Huron & Detroit Railroad. Industrial railroads serving the many individual factories and business in Detroit are also included. Most of these railroads are gone now, either as a result of mergers and consolidations of the railroads after deregulation of the industry or because of the loss of industry in the Detroit metropolitan area. Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 1 brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan: Volume 2, Across the Detroit River by Carferry and Tunnel to Canada, 1975 to 2000

“This is Volume 2 of a series of photography books about the railroads of Detroit between the years 1975 and 2000. Volume 2 introduces us to all the railroads serving Windsor, Ontario, Canada, located across the Detroit River from Detroit. Canada railroads, such as Canada National, Canada Pacific, Essex Terminal and VIA Rail, are covered as are the Canadian operations of the Detroit railroads, Conrail, Chessie and Norfolk & Western. Also covered is how the railroads got to Canada from Detroit via the Detroit River Carferries and Tunnel. Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 2 brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the last century when they were still so very interesting and so many.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan: Volume 3, Detroit Terminal Railroad

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. Detroit Terminal Railroad was a shortline, “terminal” railroad that formed a semicircle around the City of Detroit serving Detroit’s industries. Formed in 1905 to extend rail service to the then rural area north of Detroit, the City of Detroit and its industries grew out to it, making Detroit Terminal a very busy and prosperous railroad until the deindustrialization of Detroit starting in the 1960’s. Volume 3 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan chronicles the last days of the Detroit Terminal Railroad in 1981 before it was merged into Conrail, as witnessed and photographed by the author.”
Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 4: Detroit’s Short Line Railroads 1975 to 2000

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 4 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about Detroit’s Short Line Railroads during the years 1975 to 2000. Covered in Volume 4 are Wyandotte Terminal Railroad, Wyandotte Southern Railroad, Detroit Connecting Railroad, Essex Terminal Railroad, Port Huron & Detroit Railroad, Detroit Connecting Railroad and Coe Rail. See these railroads, four of which are no longer in existence, as they were in color and black and white photographs taken by the author.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 5: Detroit Transit Railway

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 5 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about the Detroit Transit Railway. Detroit Transit Railway was a one-mile long urban branchline of Conrail “street running” through the streets of Detroit’s Warehouse District. It was 19th Century railroading in the late 20th Century until Conrail abandoned it in 1981. Volume 5 takes you street-side to witness the Detroit Transit Railway in action in both color and black and white photographs taken by the author.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 6: Unusual, Unknown and Obscure Railroading in Detroit, 1975 to 2000

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 6 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about Detroit’s Unusual, Unknown and Obscure Railroad Operations during the years 1975 to 2000. Covered in Volume 6 are Detroit’s industrial railroads, belt lines and urban branchlines, towers, both interlocking and crossing types, and railroad bridges. See these unusual, unknown and obscure railroad operations as they were in color and black and white photographs taken by the author.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 7: Detroit River Carferry and Tunnel Operations

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 7 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about the Detroit River Carferry and Tunnel Railroad Operations during the years 1975 to 2000. The Detroit River was a natural boundary between Detroit and Canada and Detroit’s railroads sailed over the River and ran underneath it to reach Windsor, Ontario on the other side. Both the Carferry and Tunnel operations were fascinating and exciting to see and are covered extensively in this book in both color and black and white photographs taken by the author.”

Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan Volume 8: SEMTA Commuter Trains

“The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 8 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about the commuter trains that ran between Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan. They were operated by the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA) and ran on Grand Trunk Western Railroad’s Holly Subdivision tracks. This suburban commuter train operation is extensively covered between 1975 and their end of operations in 1983 in both color and black and white photographs taken by the author.”

SEMTA Commuter Train Movies

“Home movies of South Eastern Michigan Transportation Authority’s Detroit to Pontiac (Michigan) commuter trains running on Grand Trunk Western Railroad taken in February 1977. Made with a Super 8 home movie camera, the narrated eight minutes of winter footage show rare action shots of many commuter trains in the Detroit suburbs of Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills. Also included are GTW freight trains running in between the commuter trains.”

Filmed and narration by Byron Babbish

Total run-time is 8 minutes. Originally shot on Super 8mm format.

About the Author

Byron Babbish is a railroad photographer, writer and historian. He has written books and articles on railroads and has had many of his railroad photographs published. A retired attorney, his time is devoted to teaching law, playing violin and writing.