Eastern Alabama Railway
|Locale||Talladega, Alabama to Sylacauga, Alabama|
|Dates of operation||November 26, 1990–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||26 miles (42 km)|
|Headquarters||Boca Raton, Florida (corporate); Sylacauga, Alabama (operations)|
The Eastern Alabama Railway (reporting mark EARY) is one of many short line railroad companies owned by Genesee & Wyoming. On November 26, 1990, the line was sold by CSX to the Eastern Alabama Railway, a subsidiary of Kyle Railways. Kyle Railways later sold the EARY to RailAmerica in 2002 and RailAmerica was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming in 2012.
The line, which is 26 miles (42 km) long, was constructed 1883 as a narrow gauge railroad known as the Anniston and Atlantic Railroad. On July 19, 1889, the Anniston & Atlantic Railroad became part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad under the Alabama Mineral Railroad. The L&N became part of the Seaboard System in 1982 and the CSX in 1986.
The EARY also operated a separate line running from Wellington to Anniston, Alabama. The Wellington line was abandoned in November 1992. The Wellington line was also former Louisville & Nashville track and ran through Alexandria - Mahlep - Gladden Jct - Leatherwood - Blue Mountain.
- Talladega, Alabama Interchange with the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX
- Bemiston, Alabama
- Sycamore, Alabama
- Sylacauga, Alabama Location of Enginehouse and interchange with Norfolk Southern
- Gantts Quarry, Alabama
Summary of Operations
- Anniston and Atlantic Railroad 1883 - 1889
- Louisville and Nashville Railroad/Alabama Mineral Railroad: 1889 - 1982
- Seaboard System Railroad: 1982 - July 1, 1986
- CSX Transportation: July 1, 1986 - November 26, 1990
- "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing. June 2010.
- Edward A. Lewis, American Shortline Railway Guide 5th ed., (Kalmbach Books, 1996).
- Mike Walker, SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Southern States (Steam Powered Publishing & SPV, 2001) Ownership and detail of rail line.
- North America Railroad Map Software v 2.13, (Railway Station Productions, 2004)