You might have recognized a local celebrity in a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory on CBS.. It's all the result of a very fortunate chain of events.
Rail U.S.A. Museums & Trips is an illustrated guide map produced by Bella Terra Publishing featuring more than 1,200 locations across the country where railfans can find railroad museums, depots, scenic railroads, train watching locations and more.
In each map is 16 original watercolor illustrations. One of the watercolor illustrations commissioned for the latest Central States guide is of Durand Union Station featuring Pere Marquette 1225 chugging on by.
The artist behind the painting is James Mann, and his work was featured on this year's Orchard Supply Hardware calendar. The California-based company's calendar features the work of a different railroad artist each year, Rail U.S.A. wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
It just so happens that the OSH calendar was used as set dressing on a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, and the calendar, which is hanging on the refrigerator behind Sheldon and Amy, is opened to the page featuring "the Queen of the Rails," our very own, Durand Union Station.
Rail U.S.A. Museum & Trips guide maps can be purchased at the Durand Union Station and Michigan Railroad History Museum gift shop and online store, as can notecards and 8x10 and 14x11 prints of the painting.
The Durand toddler found beaten, burned and abused in a case authorities called the worst they'd ever worked, is at home and on the mend. It all began on February 15th. Natalie's paternal grandmother, Shannon Hart, told Durand Now this week:
"Natalie is recovering very well. She has amazed us. She is out of the hospital and in temporary custody while her dad completes all the steps CPS would like him to. She has a cast on her left arm from her wrist to her shoulder and she also has a cast from just under her ribs all the way to her ankle on both legs. She is unable to walk or crawl at this time.