The Michigan winter of 1981–82 was a long and hard one. Signs of winter remain on the spring afternoon of 08 April 1982 as Norfolk & Western Railway train SC-1, the “Super Charger” from Detroit to Kansas City, rounds the curve into Adrian, blowing its horn for the Academy Road crossing.
Leading the train is NW SD45 #1743, built by EMD in 1967. These high-nose units were a common sight on this line at the time.
Not much has changed at this location today (link to Google maps below). Double-track remains, only the line poles to the left have disappeared. Yet the railroad is now operated under the Norfolk Southern banner, and there’s not an SD45 to be seen.
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