The Lawndale Railway &
                                 Industrial Company

     According to company records, the Lawndale Railway was built with the assistance of a leased engine, an old Class "A" Climax, rented from the Golden Valley Lumber Company in nearby Thermal City, North Carolina. The railroad did have an option to purchase this engine, but never chose to exercise it.
    Schenck, while fond of buying used boxcars, insisted on having a new locomotive, and a new Porter 0-4-4T "Forney" style engine was purchased to serve the line.
     Number One, shown to the left, is seen here pulling an excursion on three-rail track leading into Shelby. Until 1925, the Lawndale used dual-gauge track on either the Southern, and then the Seaboard, to travel its final miles into Shelby.

     As reliable as #1 was, she was too light to handle all of the traffic generated by the mills. In 1908, a secondhand engine, a large 2-6-0 Grant was purchased. In a 1952 interview, roadmaster Hague Metcalfe mentions that this engine came to the railroad already numbered "3", and consequently, there never was a Lawndale Number Two.
      However, Number Three, weighing in at nearly twice the weight of Number One, was nothing more than a mechanical headache, and she was ditched from the roster in 1908. Note that in the photo to the right, she is on the ground!

     In 1908, the Lawndale Railway invested in brand new motive power once again, settling on Number 4, a Vulcan 2-8-0 Consolidation. Number 4 (above, left) proved so successful that Number Three was promptly removed from the property, and an identical engine, Number 5 (above, right) was ordered. After #5's arrival in 1909, Number One was sold to a dealer, and the pair of Vulcan's served the Lawndale Railway & Industrial Company continuously until the end of the railroad in 1945. The only major rebuild ever documented on either engine came in the middle of the Great Depression, when Frank Coffey, late of the Carolina & North-Western, "robbed parts off of one to keep the other one running.," eventually doing a complete rebuild on both  locomotives.

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