Robert Michalka is a life-long resident of Rochester, Michigan. Having been employed by the Rochester Paper Mill and now retired superintendent for the Adrian & Blissfield Railroad, he is an avid railroad enthusiast. His passion for trains began as a small child when an engineer on a steam locomotive waved to him at the Main Street railroad crossing in Rochester.
This experience and many more would inspire Robert to begin his collection of DUR-related materials. He has painstakingly assembled this narrative over the past twenty three years, traveling as far as Arizona to collect film negatives to complete this project. A dedicated member of the Rochester Historical Commission for the past twenty five years, Robert’s work is a testament to historical preservation and education.