NP, TAR 2/25/1864

From the Talladega Alabama Reporter
February 25, 1864
Important Railroad Branch
   The Centreville (Ala.) Enquirer says a branch railroad is being built commencing at Ashby (formerly known as Centreville Depot,) and is designed to run to the Bibb Iron Works and from thence to the rich coal and iron regions on the Cahaba river, and ultimately to Elyton, Jefferson county. The route has been surveyed, grading has been commenced, and the iron will soon be laid to the Iron Works, if not the whole. We look upon this work as a most important one, as it will develope the resources of a section of country, which in mineral value is not surpassed by any in the Confederacy. It will give Bibb a prominence which no other county has yet or ever will attain in manufactures and coal and iron. As a friend of progress we are glad to see this interprise going on, and predict its early completion; it is in the hands of three parties -- private individuals, the Government, and the Alabama & Tennessee {River} Railroad.