The mission of the Clinton Northern Railway is to preserve the history of the railroad and its impact on small town America at the turn of the century and beyond.

Jun 03 2011

Restoration moves along

The work crew of the CNR has been working on the restoration of the caboose as weather has permitted. They have reached a point where they can start putting the siding on the car, which will give it back it's real caboose look. The floor has had it's rotted parts removed and new ones laid down. Of course the public is not aware of that kind of work being done so it often would appear that nothing is being done, so doing the outside work will show that progress is being made.

Apr 13 2011

Getting for a Grand Re-Opening (GRO)

Time has marched on, May is nearly here, the weather has started it warm cycle and thoughts of opening the St. Johns Depot and cars are glowing with excitement. The GRO is planned for May 1 and plans are evolving.
The RR work crew has been spotted doing what looks like a dance around the caboose, threatening to do some real work on the caboose called, "Scrappy". The siding appears to have been removed revealing ages of rot. This rot is being removed and transported elsewhere-thanks to the city of St. Johns.

Mar 24 2011

Spring, right?

As I stare out the window I see ice sparkling on the tree limps, I see steam coming up from the street, as the bright sun shines through the ice on the limps causing drips of water and warms the street to the point of water vapor wisping down the street in the cold wind. Such confused messages.

It was anticipated that we would be working on the caboose (Scrappy by name), but the weather got in the way for early morning hammers and grinders.