Tomme Maile lives near the rail yard on Mills Street in Kalamazoo - so close, he says, he can smell the diesel from his house.
The short-line railroad Grand Elk puts trains together there. Maile says he’d always known it as Botsford Yard. But sometime in the last few years he noticed the name had changed to Gearhart.
“I was kind of concerned that rich history would be lost with the name change,” he says, noting that the yard has been around a long time.
Maile wanted to know: how long has there been a rail yard on Mills Street, and why the new name?