Eastern Alabama Railway
|Eastern Alabama Railway|
|Locale||Talladega, Alabama to Sylacauga, Alabama|
|Dates of operation||November 26, 1990–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||26 miles (42 km)|
|Headquarters||Boca Raton, Florida (corporate); Sylacauga, Alabama (operations)|
The Eastern Alabama Railway (reporting mark EARY) is one of many short line railroad companies owned by RailAmerica. On November 26, 1990, the line was sold by CSX to the Eastern Alabama Railway, a subsidiary of Kyle Railways. Kyle Railways later sold the EARY to RailAmerica in 2002 and the EARY is still operated by RailAmerica as a subsidiary.
The line, which is 26 miles (42 km) long, was constructed 1883 as a narrow gauge railroad known as the Anniston and Atlantic Railroad. On July 19, 1889, the Anniston & Atlantic Railroad became part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad under the Alabama Mineral Railroad. The L&N became part of the Seaboard System in 1982 and the CSX in 1986.
The EARY also operated a separate line running from Wellington to Anniston, Alabama. The Wellington line was abandoned in November 1992. The Wellington line was also former Louisville & Nashville track and ran through Alexandria - Mahlep - Gladden Jct - Leatherwood - Blue Mountain.
- Talladega, Alabama Interchange with the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX
- Bemiston, Alabama
- Sycamore, Alabama
- Sylacauga, Alabama Location of Enginehouse and interchange with Norfolk Southern
- Gantt's Quarry
Summary of Operations
- Anniston and Atlantic Railroad 1883 - 1889
- Louisville and Nashville Railroad/Alabama Mineral Railroad: 1889 - 1982
- Seaboard System Railroad: 1982 - July 1, 1986
- CSX Transportation: July 1, 1986 - November 26, 1990
- "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing). June 2010.
- Edward A. Lewis, American Shortline Railway Guide 5th ed., (Kalmbach Books, 1996).
- Mike Walker, SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Southern States (Steam Powered Publishing & SPV, 2001) Ownership and detail of rail line.
- North America Railroad Map Software v 2.13, (Railway Station Productions, 2004)