“A Brief History of the Indiana, Alabama & Texas Railroad,” published by The DeFeo Groupe, an Atlanta-based content creation firm and publisher of Railfanning.org, focuses on the development and operation of the railroad, including the decade before the railroad formally formed. The book will be available starting in August.
By all accounts, August 6, 1860, started as a typical Monday. But, by the time Benjamin Bartle eased the locomotive W. B. Munford onto the bridge crossing the Cumberland River in Clarksville, Tennessee, he was entering the annals of history. His train was the first to cross the bridge, a major hurdle in building a vital portion of the rail line linking Memphis and Louisville.