New Book Features the Rails Around Thumb

Local author releases new book featuring stunning collection of vintage photographs
Rails around the Thumb
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March 13, 2012 - PRLog -- New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series is Rails Around the Thumb by local author T.J. Gaffney. The forward is written by the editor of Classic Trains Magazine, Kevin Keefe. Discover how important railroads once were to Michigan’s Thumb region in this wonderful collection of images.

Although the area is best known for its agrarian roots, the railroad operations were involved in so much more from light industries that fed the auto industry to shipments of fish from Saginaw Bay into eastern markets. Return to a time when everyone knew the route of the “Polly-Ann,” local citizens identified the time of day by the sound of a train whistle and the arrival of a train crew nearly doubled a town’s population.

Many of the images in this book have never been seen before or if so only in a family’s living room, soon to be returned to grandpa’s trunk in the attic. These images surfaced to introduce future generations to what railroading in the Thumb once was. In an age when many of these railroad lines have disappeared, it can be hard to believe how many once crisscrossed this area.

Highlights of the book include:
•   Shows the unique relationship between the communities in the Thumb and the railroads they served
•   Displays images of several stations that still exist to this day and every railroad that ever operated in the Thumb area
•   Offers images from the author’s private collection

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or  

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit

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