History of an Indiana railroad
The Fairland, Franklin, & Martinsville Railway 1846 - 1973
By Darrell J French.
Softcover 6x9", 238 pages. 2019.
"This story starts in the year 1846, when local folks sought to establish a railroad and train service to ship goods in and out of their counties, in order to bring prosperity to the citizens.
"Central Indiana was thought to have an unlimited supply of hardwoods, a necessary product for the building of America. The railroad faced many hardships and went through several owners before being absorbed by the Big-Four RR. Co. It was then taken over by the New York Central RR Co, which merged with the Pennsylvania RR. Co. in 1968. That Penn-Central RR Co. was the final owner and shut the small Indiana railroad down in 1973.
"The story contains information about the construction, maintenance, and all operations during the 127 year life span of this small railroad. Accompanying information and stories of associated enterprises and the people involved are included. The way in which everyday life and events in America affected the operations are also within. Interviews with twenty-two individuals involved with this railroad are included. They contain interesting facts and details of everyday life around the railroad, which cannot be found in other writings. This account is written with intent that the non-railroad person can read, understand, and learn about the railroad almost as well as those familiar with railroading."
About the author
"Local Railroad Historian. Founding member of "Morgan County History Partnership" of Morgan County, IN. Established an “Old Town Tin Works” at Morgan County's "Old Town Waverly Park" living history park. Demonstrates Tin Smithing to park visitors and to school groups at educational events."