Alabama Railroad

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Alabama Railroad
Reporting mark ALAB
Locale Alabama
Dates of operation 1991 (1991)
Predecessor CSX Transportation
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length 48 miles (77 km)
Headquarters Monroeville, Alabama
Website Official website

The Alabama Railroad (reporting mark ALAB) is a class III railroad as reported by the AAR. The ALAB is headquartered in Monroeville, Alabama and is owned and operated by Pioneer Railcorp of Peoria, Illinois. The railroad operates 48 miles (77 km) of railroad from Flomaton, Alabama to Peterman, Alabama.

History[edit]

The route of the Alabama Railroad was originally constructed over several years (between 1880–1901) as the Pensacola & Selma Railroad and quickly became a part of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad network. The original line proceeded north from Corduroy, Alabama to Selma, Alabama. That portion of the line was abandoned by the Seaboard System prior to the merger with CSX in 1986. There was also a L&N branch that went to Camden from a junction just northeast of Corduroy that was abandoned prior to the merger into the Seaboard System in 1986. The remainder of the line north of Peterman, Alabama was abandoned approximately 1994 to include an 800+ foot tunnel built in 1899 located at Tunnel Springs, Alabama. The ALAB connects with CSX Transportation at Flomaton, Alabama. The railroad serves three industries located in Monroeville, Alabama and stores railcars for other railroads. The ALAB serves Temple Inland with outbound shipments of particle board and veneer, a cement powder transload operated by Gate Precast, and Harrigan Lumber after its re-opening in 2010. The railroad operates three EMD GP20 locomotives on a bi-weekly basis. The Alabama Railroad had several bridges and trestles found to be deficient in late 2016, and subsequently the railroad has had an embargo placed on loaded freight cars. Many empty surplus oil tank cars have been placed into strorage on the ALAB's tracks and the storage fees now oompose much of the company's revenue. Tracks through the Tunnel Hill tunnel and northwards have been removed; a local plan exists to make the tunnel part of a rails-to-trails project. [1]

Route[edit]

The Alabama Railroad operates 48 miles (77 km) of railroad from Flomaton, Alabama to Peterman, Alabama.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ tTRAINS magazine article, FEB 2017
  2. ^ "2013 Alabama Rail Directory" (PDF). Alabama Department of Transportation. June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

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