Alabama Warrior Railway

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Alabama Warrior Railway
Reporting markABWR
LocaleBirmingham, Alabama
Dates of operation2009 (2009)
PredecessorJefferson Warrior Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length15 miles (24 km)
HeadquartersBirmingham, Alabama
WebsiteOfficial website

The Alabama Warrior Railway (reporting mark ABWR) is a terminal railroad in Birmingham, Alabama. The railroad operates within the confines of Walter Industries in North Birmingham. It began operations on August 7, 2009, and is owned and operated by Watco Companies of Pittsburg, Kansas.


The ABWR operates 15 miles (24 km) of railroad.[1] Its route dates back to the Marylee Railroad, which was founded in 1895. The Jefferson Warrior Railroad had operated it since 1985. The ABWR began operating on August 7, 2009.[2] The railroad hauls approximately 9,000 carloads annually and interchanges with the CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and BNSF Railway.[1] On June 24, 2014, Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on reality series Survivor: Blood vs. Water and employee of the railroad, was killed by a derailment in Birmingham.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "2013 Alabama Rail Directory" (PDF). Alabama Department of Transportation. June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Alabama Warrior Railway launched". Railway Gazette. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^ Puente, Maria (2014-06-25). "Ex-'Survivor' contestant reported dead in train wreck". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  4. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (2014-06-25). "'Survivor' Contestant Caleb Bankston Dead At Age 26 Following Railway Accident". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-06-25.

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