Forty-one years ago, on a sunny 23 June 1983, I was in Adrian, Michigan and had a chance to photograph the Lenawee County Railroad doing some switching in the area of the their main office and engine house on E. Michigan Street. The motive power being used this day was Alco RS-1 #3 “Howard D. White”, ex-Washington Terminal Railroad #43, which had entered service the previous autumn.

LCRC #3 switches storage cars at the siding under the Center Street bridge (later destroyed by fire).

LCRC #3 switches storage cars at the siding under the Center Street bridge (later destroyed by fire).

LCRC #3 switches storage cars at the siding under the Center Street bridge (later destroyed by fire).

LCRC #3 switches storage cars at the siding under the Center Street bridge (later destroyed by fire).

LCRC #3 switches cars in the Adrian yard.

LCRC #3 switches cars in the Adrian yard. By this time, many of the freight cars seen on the LCRC (including their own boxcars) were storage cars, as business was down.

LCRC #3 switching storage cars on the siding to the Jackson Iron & Metal Company.

LCRC #3 switching storage cars on the siding to the Jackson Iron & Metal Company.

LCRC #3 switching storage cars on the siding to the Jackson Iron & Metal Company.

LCRC #3 switching storage cars on the siding to the Jackson Iron & Metal Company. The track going upgrade led to the Hoover Universal Company.

As LCRC #3 switches the Jackson Iron & Metal siding, LCRC #2 "George Crane" is moved out of the engine house siding.

As LCRC #3 switches the Jackson Iron & Metal siding, LCRC #2 “George Crane” is moved out of the engine house siding.

 

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