Located at the end of the Erie & Kalamazoo, Michigan’s first railroad, Adrian, Michigan was long an important railroad town. Located on the “Old Road”, the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern’s original route between Toledo and Chicago, the town was also a hub for several LS&MS (later New York Central) branch lines.
The Old Road was severed west of Adrian in the 1960s, and through traffic on the New York Central disappeared. But the NYC Old Road stub into Adrian remained busy, with numerous local customers, and the town was also an origin point for locals serving branches to Ida, Clinton, and Morenci.
The New York Central disappeared into the Penn Central Transportation Company in 1968, but when photograph Edward Hodges visited in April 1974, there was still a lot of local rail business. The photos below were taken taken in the vicinity of the Penn Central yard office.