The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society will have the both of the Frog’s books – “Port Huron and Detroit Railroad and Connections in Color, 1982-1984” and the “Port Huron and Detroit Railroad in Black and White, 1984” – available at their 2015 HoboFest, September 11-12 2015.
All proceeds from the books available at HoboFest go to the Society for their maintenance, restoration and preservation activities.
These books are the first two creations in the “Through My Lens” series, and show the PH&D as I saw it from my first visit in 1982 until the last run on December 13, 1984.
To the best of my knowledge, these are the only two books ever published that focus on the PH&D.
The color book includes images of the PH&D from Tappan Tower to St. Clair, as well as the GTW, CN, and Chessie System (C&O/PM) in Port Huron.
The black and white book also covers the line from Tappan Tower to Sr. Clair and features photographs from the cab of PH&D Alco S-2 #60 and caboose #62 on a St. Clair run. Also included are topographic maps of the PH&D with photo locations, PH&D forms and a look at train orders from the Grand Trunk Western. Way back when, paper, not computers and smartphones ran the railroads, and it’s not often you can see how things used to be.
Can’t make HoboFest, but you still want the books (as only a complete set will do)?
The books are available at Laughing Frog Images (click the “Get Our Books!” link at the top of the page) and CreateSpace. For each book purchased through Laughing Frog Images or CreateSpace Laughing Frog Images will make a $5.00 donation per book to the PH&DRRHS.
The book is also available on Amazon, but due to the associated costs of selling through Amazon, there is no donation made to the Society.