List of Alabama railroads

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The following railroads have operated in the State of Alabama.

Class I Railroads[edit]

Class II Railroads[edit]

Class III Railroads[edit]

Terminal Railroads[edit]

Industrial Railroads[edit]

Passenger Railroads[edit]

Museum Railroads[edit]

Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Abbeville–Grimes Railway AG 1989 1994 A&G Railroad
Abbeville Southern Railway ACL 1892 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
A&G Railroad AG 1994 1996 Bay Line Railroad
Alabama Central Railroad 1906 1961 N/A
Alabama Central Railroad SOU 1871 1881 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
Alabama Central Railway 1903 1939 N/A
Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad SOU 1868 1877 Alabama Great Southern Railroad
Alabama and Florida Railroad AFLR 1986 1992 Alabama and Florida Railway
Alabama and Florida Railroad 1937 1942 N/A
Alabama and Florida Railroad Louisville and Nashville Railroad 1898 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Alabama and Florida Railroad L&N 1850 1868 Mobile and Montgomery Railroad
Alabama, Florida and Gulf Railroad 1917 1937 Alabama and Florida Railroad
Alabama, Florida and Southern Railroad 1910 1917 Alabama, Florida and Gulf Railroad
Alabama Great Southern Railroad AGS SOU 1877 Still exists as an operating subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway
Alabama Industrial Railroad AIRI 1984 1985 Huntsville and Madison County Railroad Authority
Alabama Midland Railway ACL 1887 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
Alabama Mineral Railroad L&N 1890 1903 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Alabama and Mississippi Railroad A&M 1902 1922 Mississippi and Alabama Railroad
Alabama and Mississippi Rivers Railroad SOU 1850 1864 Selma and Meridian Railroad
Alabama Northern Railway ABN 1904 1925 Ashland Railway
Alabama and North Western Railroad 1912 1934 N/A
Alabama Southern Railroad 1985 1985 N/A Never operated (acquired property of Sumter and Choctaw Railway)
Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad SLSF 1918 1971 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad SLSF 1906 1913 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railway
Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railway SLSF 1913 1918 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad
Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad SOU 1848 1866 Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad
Alabama Terminal and Improvement Company ACL 1889 1889 Alabama Midland Railway
Alabama Terminal Railroad ACL 1907 1916 Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway
Alabama and Tombigbee Railroad 1898 N/A
Alabama Transit Company SOU 1869 1870 Elyton and Aberdeen Railroad
Alabama Western Railroad IC 1905 1913 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Americus, Preston and Lumpkin Railroad SAL 1884 1888 Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railway
Andalusia and Conecuh Railroad ACRC 1983 Still exists as a lessor of the Three Notch Railroad
Andalusia, Florida and Gulf Railway 1919 1925 N/A
Anniston and Atlantic Railroad L&N 1883 1890 Alabama Mineral Railroad
Anniston and Cincinnati Railroad L&N 1887 1890 Alabama Mineral Railroad
Anniston Terminal Railroad L&N 1888 1890 Anniston and Cincinnati Railroad
Ashland Railway 1925 1940 N/A
Atlanta and Birmingham Air Line Railway SAL 1903 1909 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad ACL 1905 1916 Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway
Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway ACL 1916 1927 Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad
Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad ACL 1927 1946 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railway A&SA, ASAB 1906 1993 Bay Line Railroad
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL ACL 1902 1967 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Bay Minette and Fort Morgan Railroad L&N 1904 1921 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Belt Line Railway ACL 1889 1943 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Birmingham and Atlanta Air Line Railway SAL 1902 1903 East and West Railroad
Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad 1890 1919 N/A
Birmingham Belt Railroad SLSF 1899 1968 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Birmingham Mineral Railroad L&N 1884 1904 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Birmingham, Selma and Mobile Railroad 1913 1931 N/A
Birmingham, Selma and New Orleans Railway L&N 1886 1902 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Birmingham, Selma and Pensacola Railroad 1910 1913 Birmingham, Selma and Mobile Railroad
Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennessee River Railway SOU 1889 1895 Northern Alabama Railway
Birmingham and Southeastern Railway B&SE 1911 1965 N/A
Birmingham and Tennessee River Railroad SOU 1884 1885 Sheffield and Birmingham Railroad
Birmingham Terminal Company BTC CG/ IC/ SAL/ SLSF/ SOU
Birmingham and Tuscaloosa Railroad L&N 1915 1915 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Brierfield, Blockton and Birmingham Railway SOU 1889 1889 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Burlington Northern Inc. BN 1980 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN 1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Cahaba, Marion and Greensboro Railroad SOU 1860 1868 Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad
Canton, Aberdeen and Nashville Railroad in Alabama IC 1898 1913 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Carrollton Short Line Railway SLSF 1897 1906 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad
Central of Georgia Railway CG CG 1895 1971 Central of Georgia Railroad
Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad CHAT 2003 2006 Chattahoochee Bay Railroad
Chattahoochee and Gulf Railroad CG 1899 1948 Central of Georgia Railway
Chattahoochee Valley Railroad 1895 1900 Chattahoochee Valley Railway
Chattahoochee Valley Railway CHV 1900 1992 N/A
Chattanooga Southern Railroad SOU 1896 1911 Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railroad
Chattanooga Southern Railway SOU 1890 1895 Chattanooga Southern Railroad
Cheney Railroad CHNY 1989 1996 N/A
Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad IC 1913 1951 Illinois Central Railroad
Cincinnati, Selma and Mobile Railway SOU 1881 1890 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Columbus, Fayette and Decatur Railroad SOU 1871 1881 Georgia Pacific Railway
Columbus and Western Railway CG 1880 1888 Savannah and Western Railroad
Decatur, Chesapeake and New Orleans Railway L&N 1887 1893 Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway
DeKalb and Western Railroad 1916 N/A
East Alabama Railway CG 1880 1888 Savannah and Western Railroad
East Alabama and Cincinnati Railroad CG 1868 1880 East Alabama and Cincinnati Railway
East Alabama and Cincinnati Railway CG 1880 1880 East Alabama Railway
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad SOU 1881 1886 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway SOU 1886 1894 Southern Railway
East and West Railroad SAL 1894 1903 Atlanta and Birmingham Air Line Railway
East and West Railroad of Alabama SAL 1882 1893 East and West Railroad
Eastern Railway of Alabama ACL 1901 1906 Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad
Elyton and Aberdeen Railroad SOU 1870 1882 Georgia Pacific Railway
Ensley Southern Railway SOU 1900 1926 Southern Railway, Warrior River Terminal Company
Escambia Railroad
Eufaula and East Alabama Railway CG 1887 1888 Savannah and Western Railroad
Eufaula and Clayton Railway CG 1883 1888 Savannah and Western Railroad
Florence Bridge Company SOU 1832 1850 Memphis and Charleston Railroad
Florence Railroad and Improvement Company L&N 1888 1897 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Florida and Alabama Railroad
Florida, Alabama and Gulf Railroad 1911 1919 Andalusia, Florida and Gulf Railway
Gadsden and Attalla Railroad SOU 1876 1904 Southern Railway
Gadsden and Birmingham Railroad SOU 1910 1911 Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railroad
Gainesville and Mississippi Railroad GM&O 1852 1854 Mississippi, Gainesville and Tuscaloosa Railroad
Georgia and Alabama Railroad GAAB 1989 1995 Georgia Southwestern Railroad
Georgia and Alabama Railway SAL 1895 1902 Seaboard Air Line Railway
Georgia Pacific Railroad SOU 1876 1882 Georgia Pacific Railway
Georgia Pacific Railway SOU 1882 1894 Southern Railway
Georgia Western Railroad SOU 1860 1877 Georgia Pacific Railroad
Girard Railroad CG 1845 1854 Mobile and Girard Railroad
Goodwater and Birmingham Railroad CG 1886 1887 Columbus and Western Railway
Gulf, Florida and Alabama Railway DWR SLSF 1911 1922 Muscle Shoals, Birmingham and Pensacola Railway
Gulf and Mississippi Railroad GMSR 1985 1988 SouthRail Corporation
Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad GM&N GM&O 1915 1940 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O, GMO GM&O 1940 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Gulf Ports Terminal Railway 1916 1926 N/A
Gulf Terminal Company GM&O/ SOU
Hartford and Slocomb Railroad HS 1953 1992 H&S Railroad
Hayneville and Montgomery Railroad
H&S Railroad HS 1992 2006 Chattahoochee Bay Railroad
Huntsville and Elora Railroad L&N 1887 1887 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1899 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG 1972 1988 Illinois Central Railroad
Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad L&N 1881 1887 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Inland Waterways Corporation 1948 1966 Birmingham Southern Railroad
Jefferson Warrior Railroad 1985 2009 Alabama Warrior Railway
Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad SLSF 1887 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kansas City Southern Railway KCS 1994 2005 Alabama Southern Railroad
Long Branch Coal Railroad L&N 1901 1957 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Louisville and Nashville Railroad L&N, LN L&N 1871 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Manistee and Repton Railroad L&N 1910 1965 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Marion Railroad SOU 1854 1858 Marion and Cahaba Railroad
Marion and Alabama River Transportation Company SOU 1850 1854 Marion Railroad
Marion and Cahaba Railroad SOU 1858 1860 Cahaba, Marion and Greensboro Railroad
Mary Lee Railroad 1985 Jefferson Warrior Railroad private
Meridian and Bigbee Railroad MBRR, MB 1952 1997 M&B Railroad
Meridian and Bigbee River Railway 1917 1952 Meridian and Bigbee Railroad
Memphis and Birmingham Railroad SLSF 1886 1887 Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad
Memphis and Charleston Railroad SOU 1850 1898 Southern Railway
Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway L&N 1893 1897 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Mississippi and Alabama Railroad 1922 1950 N/A
Mississippi Central Railroad MSC IC 1921 1924 N/A Trackage rights over the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad to Mobile
Mississippi, Gainesville and Tuscaloosa Railroad GM&O 1854 1870 Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Mobile and Alabama Grand Trunk Railroad SOU 1866 1886 Mobile and West Alabama Railroad
Mobile and Bay Shore Railway GM&O 1898 1903 Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Mobile and Birmingham Railroad SOU 1895 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway
Mobile and Birmingham Railway SOU 1887 1895 Mobile and Birmingham Railroad
Mobile and Girard Railroad CG 1854 1895 Central of Georgia Railway
Mobile and Great Northern Railroad L&N 1856 1868 Mobile and Montgomery Railroad
Mobile and Gulf Railroad MG 1925 N/A
Mobile, Hattiesburg and Jackson Railroad GM&O 1887 1888 Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City Railroad
Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City Railroad GM&O 1888 1909 New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad
Mobile and Montgomery Railroad L&N 1868 1874 Mobile and Montgomery Railway
Mobile and Montgomery Railway L&N 1874 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Mobile and Northwestern Railroad GM&O 1870 1891 Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City Railroad
Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O 1848 1940 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Mobile Terminal and Railway Company SLSF 1910 1913 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railway
Mobile and West Alabama Railroad SOU 1885 1887 Mobile and Birmingham Railway
Mobile and Western Railroad GM&O 1906 1907 Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Montgomery Railroad ACL/ L&N 1834 1842 Montgomery and West Point Railroad
Montgomery and Eufaula Railroad CG 1860 1879 Montgomery and Eufaula Railway
Montgomery and Eufaula Railway CG 1879 1895 Central of Georgia Railway
Montgomery and Florida Railway ACL 1886 1888 Northwestern and Florida Railroad
Montgomery, Hayneville and Camden Railroad L&N 1890 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Montgomery and Prattville Railroad L&N 1895 1896 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Montgomery Southern Railway ACL 1880 1886 Montgomery and Florida Railway
Montgomery and West Point Railroad ACL/ L&N 1843 1870 Western Railroad of Alabama
Muscle Shoals, Birmingham and Pensacola Railroad MSBP SLSF 1924 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Muscle Shoals, Birmingham and Pensacola Railway MSBP SLSF 1922 1924 Muscle Shoals, Birmingham and Pensacola Railroad
Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad L&N 1850 1873 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway N&C, NC L&N 1873 1957 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Nashville and Decatur Railroad L&N 1866 1990 CSX Transportation
Nashville, Florence and Sheffield Railway L&N 1887 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
New and Old Decatur Belt and Terminal Railroad L&N 1890 1892 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad L&N 1866 1871 New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1909 1915 Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad L&N 1871 1881 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
New Orleans and Selma Railroad L&N 1866 1868 New Orleans and Selma Railroad and Immigration Association
New Orleans and Selma Railroad and Immigration Association L&N 1868 1886 Birmingham, Selma and New Orleans Railway
North Alabama Railroad L&N 1900 1910 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
North East and South West Alabama Railroad SOU 1853 1868 Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad
Northern Alabama Railway SOU 1895 1939 Southern Railway
Northwestern Railroad of Alabama SOU 1854 1868 Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad
Northwestern and Florida Railroad ACL 1888 1889 Alabama Terminal and Improvement Company
Oak Grove and Georgetown Railroad
Oneonta and Attalla Railroad L&N 1900 1905 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Opelika and Talladega Railroad CG 1854 1861 Opelika and Tuscumbia Railroad
Opelika and Tuscumbia Railroad CG 1861 1866 Savannah and Memphis Railroad
Pensacola, Mobile and New Orleans Railway 1907 1917 Gulf Ports Terminal Railway
Pensacola and Selma Railroad L&N 1880 1880 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Pine Belt Southern Railroad PBRR 1995 2001 N/A
Plant System ACL 1894 1902 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Richmond and Danville Railroad SOU 1889 1894 Southern Railway
Rome and Decatur Railroad SOU 1882 1889 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad SLSF 1903 1916 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
St. Louis – San Francisco Railway SLSF SLSF 1916 1980 Burlington Northern Inc.
Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railway SAL 1888 1895 Georgia and Alabama Railway
Savannah, Florida and Western Railway ACL 1901 1902 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Savannah and Memphis Railroad CG 1866 1880 Columbus and Western Railway
Savannah and Western Railroad CG 1885 1895 Central of Georgia Railway
Seaboard Air Line Railroad SAL SAL 1946 1967 Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Seaboard Air Line Railway SAL 1900 1945 Seaboard Air Line Railroad
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad SCL 1967 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Seaboard System Railroad SBD 1983 1986 CSX Transportation
Selma and Gulf Railroad L&N 1858 1879 Pensacola and Selma Railroad
Selma and Greensboro Railroad SOU 1878 1881 Cincinnati, Selma and Mobile Railway
Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad SOU 1868 1878 Selma and Greensboro Railroad
Selma and Meridian Railroad SOU 1864 1871 Alabama Central Railroad
Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad SOU 1866 1880 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
Sheffield and Birmingham Railroad SOU 1885 1887 Sheffield and Birmingham Coal, Iron and Railway Company
Sheffield and Birmingham Coal, Iron and Railway Company SOU 1887 1889 Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennessee River Railway
Sheffield and Tuscumbia Railroad L&N 1895 1896 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Sheffield and Tuscumbia Street Railway L&N 1886 1895 Sheffield and Tuscumbia Railroad
South and North Alabama Railroad L&N 1854 1914 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Southern Railway SOU SOU 1894 1990 Norfolk Southern Railway
Southern Alabama Railroad SUAB 1988 2001 Conecuh Valley Railroad
Southern Alabama Railroad L&N 1899 1899 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
SouthRail Corporation SR 1988 1994 Kansas City Southern Railway
Southwestern Railroad CG 1859 Owned by Central of Georgia Railway; still exists as a lessor of Norfolk Southern Railway operating subsidiary Central of Georgia Railroad
Southwestern Alabama Railway ACL 1896 1901 Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
Sumter and Choctaw Railway SC 1904 1983 Alabama Southern Railroad (never operated)
Sylacauga and Wetumpka Railroad
Talladega and Coosa Valley Railroad 1883 1890 Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad
Tallassee and Montgomery Railway 1895 1912 Birmingham and Southeastern Railway
Tennessee and Alabama Railroad L&N 1887 1887 Nashville, Florence and Sheffield Railway
Tennessee and Alabama Central Railroad L&N 1853 1866 Nashville and Decatur Railroad
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railroad SOU 1911 1922 Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway TA&G, TAG SOU 1922 Still exists as an operating subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway
Tennessee Coal and Iron Railroad
Tennessee and Coosa Railroad L&N 1844 1891 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Tennessee Valley Railroad SOU 1848 1851 Memphis and Charleston Railroad
Tombigbee and Northern Railway
Tombigbee Valley Railroad SLSF 1904 1913 Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railway
Tredegar Mineral Railway SAL 1891 1900 East and West Railroad
Tuscaloosa Mineral Railroad L&N 1910 1915 Birmingham and Tuscaloosa Railroad
Tuscumbia Railway SOU 1830 1850 Memphis and Charleston Railroad
Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad SOU 1832 1847 Tennessee Valley Railroad
Tuskegee Railroad TK 1860 1963 N/A
Tyson Railroad TSNR 1989 1992 CSX Transportation
Union Springs and Northern Railway 1901 1911 Birmingham and Southeastern Railway
Vicksburg and Brunswick Railroad CG 1867 1879 Eufaula and Clayton Railway
Vredenburgh Saw Mill Company
Warrior River Terminal Company 1926 1948 Inland Waterways Corporation
Warrior Southern Railway 1901 1938 Twin Seam Mining Company Owned by Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Washington and Choctaw Railway 1910 1927 N/A
Western Railroad of Alabama ACL/ L&N 1860 1883 Western Railway of Alabama
Western Railway of Alabama WA ACL/ L&N 1883 2002 CSX Transportation
Wills Valley Railroad SOU 1852 1868 Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad
Winchester and Alabama Railroad SOU 1850 1875 Memphis and Charleston Railroad
Woodstock and Blocton Railway L&N/ SOU 1906 Still exists; owned by CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway but operated by the latter
Woodward Iron Company private
Yellow River Railroad L&N 1887 1906 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Electric railways

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

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