I know that I have posted about the Ann Arbor Railroad here before. One of its railyards is near where I work and occasionally I will see the engines parked there. Tonight was one of those nights.
This is an Electromotive GP-38 Model Engine. This represents most of the current Ann Arbor Railroad's inventory.
The Second Engine is an Electromotive GP-39-2 and was owned by Union Pacific at one point.
The current iteration of the Ann Arbor Railroad was started in 1988. It is a short-line connector railroad that connects Ann Arbor and Toledo. It mostly carries automotive related cargo but there are other cargoes that it carries. It is a direct descendent of the Michigan Interstate Railroad and not so direct descendent of the original Ann Arbor Railroad.
The original Ann Arbor Railraod was chartered in 1895 as a successor to the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan Railway. In 1905, it was acquired by the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton which went bankrupt 3 years later. The Ann Arbor remained independent for many years afterwards. It went from Toledo to Frankfort Michigan. In 1963, it was acquired by the DT&I again which itself was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Eventually, the Penna merged with the New York Central and was later absorbed into Conrail. The Ann Arbor itself went bankrupt in 1976 and was taken over by the State of Michigan. Eventually, it was privatized and became the current Ann Arbor (although a shell of its former glory).