From Classic Trains Magazine and used with permission as
noted below. Enjoy, and thanks to Thomas Lawson Jr. for the information.
One of the most interesting aspects of Birmingham railroading
was the proliferation of industrial lines around the District.
Fortunately, Thomas Lawson, Jr., historian, author and photographer has
preserved this information. A sample of his work was recently published in
There are other articles on some of these industries on
Birmingham Rails, but this article does a great job of summarizing some of the
major operations at the close of the era of steam, and in many cases the close
of the industrial lines themselves.
Birmingham Rails wishes to thank Robert McGonigal, the Editor
of Classic Trains for permission to post this article on the web. Also be
sure to look for Thomas Lawson's book on Logging Railroads of Alabama.
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