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The Lowell & Southern Railroad was also in LaSalle County about 8 miles south of Utica on State Route #178.

This Railroad served the  Ristokrat Clay Product Co. brick factory at Lowell Illinois.  The single track main line extends northerly from a point near Leonore to Lowell a distance of 3.698 miles. They had yard tracks and sidings which amounted to 0.367 miles. All together just a little over four miles of track which included five switches. The property was operated by the CB&Q RR as agent for the L&S RR. They were incorporated on Nov 18, 1925 and lasted until 1981 when the last clay bricks were made there.

Below is the only information I could find (thanks to Steve Shutt) on this little railroad. I had never heard of it before Steve mentioned it and we took a little road trip with our friend Will to search for remnants of the railroad. We went to the old brickyards and I snapped a few photos which I have toward the bottom of this page.
 The article below I have no idea the source. If anyone knows please contact me.
 Any other help or pictures of this operation would be highly appreciated. Sorry for the poor quality of the magazine article. I did enlarge the reading sections separately below.


Lowell would be to the left about 3 miles






Buildings and Structures in Lowell Brickyard
Photos by Ray Tutaj Jr.



The KIlns are the circular structures
This is where the clay brick were baked

The Kiln ovens

Inside a Kiln in Lowell

In the ceiling of the kiln

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