niGH-LIGHTS OF THE LAWDALE RAILW MD INDUSTRIAL CCMPANY By—Jim Osborne (The foUovdng article v/as published in a recent issue of the Shelby Daily Star. Tliinking that some of you boys might enjoy it also, vte are re-printitig it in your ovm iLittle paper.) A little'railroad idth a big official nane, almost as long as its ten miles of twisting, rollin.g narrov/ gaxi^ track, has chugged to a halt after 43 consecutive years of faithful service ?nd the chapter is written on the Lawndale Railway cjid Industrial Company. Ti\icl^ have displaced steam for locomotive transport in the inexorable march of progress. In the early days of the grovrth of CloveH^d Mill lUid Power Company, the. late MAJOR H,F. SCKiHCX foresaw the need of a more efficient method of trriisporting finished products of his mill mid rJLso the in*-co:rdng supplies, between Lawndale and Shelby, which v;ere being hauled by v;ay of v/agon-train at that time. As a result of his wish for more efficient end faster service, the railroad crjne into being in the latter part of 1899, V/HEN 0RG.^T2ING THE railv;r.y company, there developed consider*T.ble discussion, "fer pjid ag‘in” the use of the standrj:*d tract. But LIAJOR S'CKEMCI^ settled the question, once and for all, by using one of his favorite expressions to emphasize his decision, "By doggies, I don^t \irxit my freight coxs traveling rJl over the country”; hence, the narrov; gauge road, believed to be the of its kind, in this section of the country, started out v/ith tvjo verj'' small engines, loiown as the ONE and WO SPOT. Theyviere similar in size to any small logging engines. There were five or six boxcars,•four "flat" cars, with removable sides, that could be used for hauling coal, bricks, heavj^ timber, machinery, etc. It was a frjiiiliar rxid amusing sight to see this traiii, stop pjiyv'/here along the lino, at a convenient cordwood pile, for refueling. In 1903, the road, vras converted from a private Line to a public carrier adding two passenger cars and three "suiraner coaches," the latter, being "frcsh-air" passenger cars, TTith open sides, having all the advrJitages of "Amos n» Mdy's taxi-cab"—^plus rxi occasional cinder in yx.j\ir eye. Many young courtin' couples preferi^^d this type of car, hoping that the cinders would be plentiful, thus providing them the extreme pleasure of removing the common offender, from their adored onc*s eye, at close qiiai'tors. Soon, due to both passenger and freight revenue, being heavy, it became necessary to establish a strict schedule-leaving Lawndale at 9:00 A.M. arriving in Shelby at 10:00 A.M.—^then leaving Shelby at 2sCO P,M. and arriving at Lawndale at 3;00 p.m.—making two station stops, between the two terminals. Double Shoals and Metcalf, THIS TRAIls V/AS MAJOR SCHEMCK^S "prido n* joy," and during his lifetime, the engineer had strict orders to blow the v^.istle when within a mile of the Lawndale station to give the MAJOR ample time to gather his hat and wall-cing cane in order that he mi^t meet the train, rain or shine. One day, he failed to hear the "station-blow" and missed meeting the train, which irked him to such m extent that he gave prompt orders at the machine shop to make him a v/histle, big enough and loud enough that it could be heard for miles around. Needless to say, he never was knovm to miss the train, after that. HAIG METCALF is the one and only employee that seirved during the entire history of* the road, having supervised the laying- of the originiil track; since its con^letion, he had chargc of all transferring of freight and the up-keep of the road. In any emergc:ncy he was conplete master of the situation—^he tolerated no advice from either his section crew or the train employees-—-and curious bystanders wejre given advance notice that he had no time to answer "fool questions." (con»t. on next page)

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