result of the failed Penn Central merger, Conrail was formed
from a number of eastern railroads, and their power often made
it to Michigan. In the photo above, a former Central Railroad
of New Jersey SD-40-2 No. 6051, leads eastbound hot shot train
NY-4 on the Air Line branch of Conrail at C.P. 2, which was near
Spring Arbor. The Air Line branch was operated by centralized
traffic control (CTC) from Jackson to Elkhart, Indiana.
December, 1976. Doug Leffler photo.