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Homer mystery

Unread postby SousaKerry » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:15 am

So a guy at work is telling me of a tale of an abandoned locomotive out West of Homer on the old Air Line. From Google Maps you can see a structure there at 42.131212, -84.846311. From his description it sounds like an old grain mill or mine load-out facility. There are no roads near the location so the only access is walking the roadbed. From my quick poking around the internet I have come up blank on what it could have been. Does anyone have any ideas? The guy at work said he saw it one day while snowmobiling down the old ROW apparently the property owner is in jail for stringing up a cable across the ROW that decapitated a young boy on a quad some years back.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B007'52.4%22N+84%C2%B050'46.7%22W/@42.1311155,-84.8478307,586m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.131212!4d-84.846311
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby Hogger1225 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:50 pm

That's an old coaling tower. Went by it hundreds of times before the line was abandoned.
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby NS3322 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:40 pm

SousaKerry wrote:So a guy at work is telling me of a tale of an abandoned locomotive out West of Homer on the old Air Line.


Did he describe the condition?
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:41 pm

It's a blip on the map southwest of Homer known as Clarendon. Here's some more info on the wonderful resource RRHX page:

http://michiganrailroads.com/clarendon-mi-coaling-tower

There have been a few other threads on this board in the past about the NYC Air Line, also referencing the coaling tower. Input "Clarendon" into the search box at upper right and research away!

Also, a few photos ca. 2010 of the Clarendon coaling tower near the bottom of this page: http://flickrhivemind.net/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?method=GET&search_domain=Tags&search_type=Tags&photo_type=100&sort=Date%20Posted,%20new%20first&photo_number=50&originput=nycrr&textinput=nycrr&noform=t&page=38&sorting=Interestingness&tag_mode=all (not my photos)
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby SousaKerry » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:27 pm

Well the guy has a way of exaggerating his stories and most of them I think involve alcohol so it is not the most reliable source. Probably somebodies old farm truck parked under it and he thought it had to be a loco.

Before he came to work here he worked at the Ethanol plant in Albion, me thinks he sampled a little too much product.
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:06 am

For those tracking this line the power company has contracted a company to log out the ROW. Right now west of Three Rivers you can really see it along M-60. I've lived here since 1955 and it was never maintained like this. I would call it a 100 year cutting. If there are power lines running by the structure you would be able to see it someday.
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby NS3322 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:19 pm

Does anyone know if it is possible to walk to the coaling tower?
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Re: Homer mystery

Unread postby justalurker66 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:15 am

There appears to be a private driveway off of "P Drive South" that leads back to the tower via the vacated ROW.
The property the tower is on is listed as a "vacant residential" zoned property under an individual's name.
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