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Southfield Ironworks Narrow Gauge RR, Southfields, NY

This view shows the remains of a narrow gauge railroad spanning a small stream at the Southfield Ironworks in Southfields, NY. The ironworks connected with the Erie RR via the Southfield Branch RR, which ran a total distance of one mile! The purpose of the narrow gauge railroad is unclear. An old map of the ironworks complex shows a coal shed on one side of the stream and a grist mill, stamping mill, and sawmill on the other. The narrow gauge railroad was possibly used to shuttle coal from the shed to the mills.

Photographed by Rich Kugel, February 9, 2008.
Added to the photo archive by Rich Kugel, April 15, 2008.
Railroad: Erie RR.

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