Georgia resident Todd DeFeo recently published the first complete history of the Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad.
DeFeo published the book through his company, the DeFeo Groupe, an Atlanta-based content creation firm and publisher of railfanning.org, one of the most popular websites dedicated to the hobby of train watching.
“A Brief History of the Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad” is available at railfanning.org.
The Indiana, Alabama and Texas emerged from an early 1880s proposal to build a line between Mobile, Alabama and Evansville, Indiana. Despite its grand plans, the railroad completed only about 30 miles of narrow-gauge track from Clarksville toward Princeton, Kentucky, primarily in Montgomery County and Christian County, Kentucky.
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad bought the railroad in 1886 and converted the line to standard gauge. The Louisville and Nashville abandoned the route, later known as the Clarksville and Princeton Branch, relegating it to the history books.
DeFeo also published “A Faster Means of Locomotion: A Brief History of Streetcars in Clarksville, Tennessee.”
A street railroad, in one form or another, operated in Clarksville from 1885 until 1928. Several companies operated streetcars in the city during its brief but dizzying history.
DeFeo has written books on the Western and Atlantic and the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville railroads and the Northeast Corridor. For more information about the books, including ordering information, visit railfanning.org.