Let's hope a train doesn't come along before they get off the track. Seems to be a strange way to go hunting.
I wonder if those are de-mountable rail wheels on that "T"
That's what I was thinking, Norm. The whole thing is a little odd.
These types of commuter travel and hunting trips for food at logging camps,were common on the small back woods railroads in the day. That would be a load for that number of people plus supplies in that car.
Killed by a bad song. A type of hunting that is seldom used anymore. Considered inhumane by 1929.
So, the guy with the guitar lulled the deer to sleep & they stacked them on the trailer??
Trailer looks a lot like a Fairmont trailer, normally hitched behind a Fairmont railway motor car; although that front trailer wheel looks odd.
I have a later version of that trailer with my Fairmont M-9 motorcar--and to keep it T relevant, it's piled high with old T wheels w/bad spokes.
The officious looking guy wearing a suit in the center is obviously the Division Superintendent. The other guys are no doubt lesser officials like trainmaster, roadmaster, and maybe a section foreman or two. I know a little about railroad "hunting partys" like that!
Another neat T railcar!
The guy holding the guitar looks like he could be the local game warden!!
I suspect Harold has it on the money. Looks like a logging spur line.
That T must have a basement. 4 in the seats..4 in the basement.
I don't think that is a T. It looks like a '24/early'25 Studebaker coach. I had a late'25/'26 Studebaker coach for several years. They had the longer roof-line/visor by then, but the earlier car, though close design otherwise, had the short visor.
There are other marques it could be. That was a common design for midsize cars at that time. But except for the visor? It sure looks like my old Studebaker, headlamps, fenders, and cut around the windows.
Great photo! Thanks Gary, and all.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Railroad History of Michigan
"A hunting trip on the Nahma & Northern, date unknown. Nine hunters, including one playing the guitar and one behind the camera,, proudly pose for this photo with a load of deer on the trailer and on the running board of the motive power of the day. [Glenn Lamberg photo] "
Seems like field dressing was not a top priority back in the day.
John, "parts is parts"
Jay, i was just a little surprised to see that, even the Indians knew that you had to clean it immediately or the meat would be ruined. That first big buck in the foreground appears to be gut shot, which in itself would render the meat useless if that is indeed what it looks like, but i could be wrong looking from this advantage.
Yeah, That is one big white tail. Those look like some experianced hunters and I don't think they would fail to field dress it. Looks like the rib cage may have been prop open to air it out. A gut shot won't spoil the meat if field dressed within a reasonable time. 45 years of deer hunting.
Looks like a company hunting trip using RR equipment.
The caption on this photograph identified it as the the Nahma and Northern railway. It was located in Delta county Michigan in the upper peninsula. The rail line ran from Namah to various logging camps in the area. There were about 60-75 miles of track with 5-6 locomotives one of which is still on display in Namah.
When I was a young lad my great grandfather told me of his hunting trips to the UP of Michigan. He and 5-6 friends (one of which was a doctor) would load all their equipment and supplies onto a train in Fowlerville, MI (about 30 miles SE of Lansing) and travel to the UP crossing the Straits of Mackinaw by ferry. Once at the UP rail destination they would detrain and hire a local with horses and wagon to carry their party into the deep woods. After the season was over the local would pick them up, sometimes with sleds as it had usually snowed by then. I would imagine his party would be very similar to that pictured.