BRILLIANT Branch

Discussion in 'Birmingham Subdivision' started by PaulJ, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Mike, I am glad you found our site to be a valuable resource. I like to think we have one of the best railroad sites on the 'net, especially considering the fact it is supported solely through voluntary contributions and generous submission of materials and resources by everyone here.
     
  2. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    I'm thinking of representing the Brilliant Branch, or at least the interchange at Winfield, on my next layout.
    1. Were there any industries/freight on the Brilliant Branch other than coal at any time from it's construction until it's dismantlement?
    2. What was/is a "carload of staves" that I read about in the Interstate Commerce Commision Report below, starting at page 37...
    https://books.google.com/books?id=1...q=Illinois Central Winfield Brilliant&f=false
     
  3. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Wooden staves were used to make barrels. The cooperage business was an important source of revenue for many railroads. Prohibition had a negative impact on this business, and hence the railroads.
     
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  4. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    Thanks, Karl. I've never heard of any traffic on the Brilliant branch other than coal. Apparently someone near the line was making staves and shipping them to Paducah in 1918. What type of freight cars were used to ship staves?
     
  5. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Brandon, more than likely boxcars would have been used to ship staves.
     
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