Bay Line Railroad

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Bay Line Railroad
Bay Line Railroad logo.png
BAYL 8100.jpg
A Bay Line Railroad box car rolls through Fredericksburg, Virginia, on a CSX freight.
HeadquartersPanama City, Florida
Reporting markBAYL
LocaleFlorida Panhandle and southeastern Alabama
Dates of operation1994 (1994)
PredecessorAtlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Length103 miles (166 km)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Bay Line Railroad (reporting mark BAYL) is one of several short line railroad companies owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. It operates between Panama City, Florida, and Dothan, Alabama, including a branch from Grimes to Abbeville, Alabama, reached via trackage rights on CSX's Dothan Subdivision between Dothan and Grimes. The line interchanges with the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad at Cottondale, Florida, and with the CSX Dothan Subdivision near Dothan, Alabama. It also interchanges with the Chattahoochee Bay Railroad in Dothan.

A wide variety of commodities is carried, including aggregates, brick, cement, chemicals, coal, food and feed products, forest products, metallic ores and minerals, steel, and scrap.[1]


The company's main line between Panama City and Dothan was constructed in 1906–1908 by the Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railroad (ASAB).[2] The Abbeville branch was constructed in 1887–1893 by the Alabama Midland Railway and came under the control of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902.[3] CSX Transportation, eventual successor to the ACL, sold the line to the Abbeville–Grimes Railway Company (AG) in 1989.[4] This company was merged with the Bay Line Railroad on June 26, 1996.[5]

The Stone Container Corporation had owned the ASAB since 1987.[6][page needed] Effective January 1, 1994, it sold the assets of the railroad to Rail Management Corporation, which created the new Bay Line Railroad company to operate it.[7] Genesee & Wyoming acquired all the assets of Rail Management on June 1, 2005, including the Bay Line Railroad.[8]


  1. ^ "Bay Line Railroad". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  2. ^ Moody's 1921, p. 352
  3. ^ Owen 1921, p. 71
  4. ^ Lewis 1991, p. 8
  5. ^ "STB Finance Docket No. 19936". 21 June 1996. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  6. ^ Smiley 1989
  7. ^ Lewis 1996, pp. 40–41
  8. ^ "Genesse & Wyoming to Acquire Assets of Rail Management Corporation". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 26 November 2010.


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