Express Rail Service from Port Huron to Detroit, Bay City & Grindstone City
Bad Axe
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Grain Elevator

Bad Axe Depot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Axe, Michigan - The city's unusual name dates to the time of its settlement. While surveying the first state road through the Huron County wilderness in 1861, Rudolph Papst and George Willis Pack made camp at the future site of the city and found a much-used and badly damaged axe. At Pack’s suggestion, Papst used the name “Bad Axe Camp” in the minutes of the survey and on a sign he placed along the main trail. Bad Axe became a city in 1905.  (Wikipedia)
Bad Axe
was serviced by two railroads until 1951, the C&O (Pere Marquette) and the GTW. The GTW discontinued service in April, 1951. Today, rail service is provided by the Huron & Eastern Railroad. Above - Prototype photos taken in 1994.showing the track side and north end of the station.     All photos by David Held.

 

Bad Axe

Entering Bad Axe

 

Bad Axe industries served by the Port Huron & Northern Railroad.

Background structures at Bad Axe were built using a foam core base. Appropriate styrene or wood siding material, doors, windows and roof details were then added.  Bad Axe Lumber & Hardware was refurbished from the NASG Sponsored Citrus Shed structure kit. Appropriate signage was made on the computer and attached. The Bad Axe Station is a Wiseman Model Services kit altered slightly to fit the space. The wooden structure next to the station is Bill's Train Shop model of EBT Cole's Station. Grain silos were fabricated from 4 inch PVC pipe with styrene structural shapes and Rix Roof Top Vents & Cyclones added.

 

GTW #7529

 

The time is 1957. Bad Axe is serviced regularly by the PH&N RR, the C&O and the GTW. Occasionally, a NYC or PRR "Vacation Special" passes through on it's way to Detroit, Bay City or Grindstone City.

 

 

 

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Bad Axe  looking South

 

 

Below - Passenger train departing Bad Axe on the PH&N RR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GTW #7529 switching

 

 

 

 

Left & Above. - Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7529 goes about its switching chores with a cut of grain loaded box cars from the Farmers Co-Op siding at Bad Axe.
4 Photos below. - A local freight on its way to Port Huron arrives from Grindstone city.

 

 

#406 entering Bad Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#406 at Bad Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Right - Heading north, PM #1225 enters Bad Axe after leaving Bay Port The local freight will drop several grain cars at Bad Axe and make its way to Kings Mill and Grindstone City where it will lay overnight and return to Port Huron in the morning.