Railroad Repair Gang

Railroad Repair Gang (HM21VV)

Location: Brighton, MI 48116 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 31.773', W 83° 47.133'

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Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes

The iron horse arrived in Brighton in 1871. Brighton's future growth and success was off to a good start with this new transportation service running through town. The railroad depot was built about 600 feet beyond this artwork. The push-pull handcar was used for daily maintenance and frequently stored at the depot. Pumping the handle up and down would generate the energy to travel down the tracks. These carts, made of steel, were extremely heavy and quite difficult to get moving and hard to stop using the foot brake. A section repair gang would maintain about 10 miles of track. One notable story was how a gang of thieves used dynamite to blow open the Brighton Depot safe and escaped to Plymouth using this railroad cart.

Original Art by: Susan Sanderson
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HM NumberHM21VV
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByBrighton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 271222 N 4712335
Decimal Degrees42.52955000, -83.78555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.773', W 83° 47.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 46.38" N, 83° 47' 7.9800000000002" W
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Area Code(s)810, 313, 586, 517, 248,
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 582-598 W Main St, Brighton MI 48116, US
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