Columbus and Western Railway
Organized in 1880, the C&W was founded to connect Columbus, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama. The same year, the C&W started by purchasing the Savannah and Memphis Railroad, which ran 66 miles (106 km) between Opelika and Goodwater, Alabama. Two years later, it purchased a 55-mile (89 km) branch of the Western Railroad of Alabama between Columbus and Opelika. In 1888, the C&W constructed the final leg of the line from Goodwater to Birmingham and later that year merged into the Savannah and Western Railroad.
- Cox, Jim (10 November 2010). Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South. McFarland. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7864-6175-2.