Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad

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Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast Railroad
Station Byromville Georgia LOC fsa 8a03451.jpg
Byromville, Georgia AB&C station in 1938.
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Reporting markAB&C
Dates of operation1887–1945
SuccessorAtlantic Coast Line Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length640 miles (1,030 kilometres)

The Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad was organized in 1926 to replace the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway. The AB&C was controlled by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, which owned a majority of the stock. In 1944 it reported 763 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 33 million passenger-miles; at the end of that year it operated 639 miles of road and 836 miles of track.

Passenger services[edit]

It had day and night services on its Atlanta (starting at Terminal Station), Cordele and Waycross division. A branch from that division, breaking off at Fitzgerald, carried sleeping cars from Atlanta to Thomasville. It had an overnight night train from Birmingham, Alabama (the ABC's own Eleventh Street station)[1][2] continued to Manchester, Georgia, Fitzgerald, Thomasville, Waycross and Brunswick. Another division carried trains from Atlanta to Brunswick.[3]


In 1946 the AB&C was bought by the ACL and then became the latter company's Western Division.


  1. ^ "Index of Railroad Stations, 1484". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 64 (9). February 1932.
  2. ^ Great Union Stations: Birmingham's Passenger Trains of the Past
  3. ^ "Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad, Tables 1, 2, 3, 4". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 64 (9). February 1932.