Alabama Central Railway

Standard Gauge 60-lb rail

Headquarters: Montgomery, AL

Years of Operation: 1903-1939

Predecessor Roads: none

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: Booth, AL to Autaugaville 8.265 miles

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

6/30/1916: Locomotives: 1. Cars: 2 passenger, 1 freight.

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Alabama Central Railway was incorporated in Alabama on December 12, 1903, with authorized capital stock of $100.000. At the time of incorporation only $25,000 in stock was issued. The line was initially operated at a loss for several years. J. W. Dimmick purchased a part interest in the road and finally became sole owner. He spent about $60,000 of his own money to equip and operate the road. Dimmick died in 1911. 

The line extended from Booth, AL southerly and westerly to Autaugaville, AL, 8.265 miles. It connected with the Mobile & Ohio Railroad at Booth. The railroad was constructed in 1904. Business was supplied from numerous lumber mills at Autaugaville.

 On December 18, 1935, the Alabama Central Railway applied to the ICC for permission to abandon the portion of its line from Autaugaville easterly toward Forrester, 2.3 miles. This line had not been in operation for more than a year. The mills at Autaugavile had all cut out and had been dismantled leaving this section of line with no traffic. Permission was granted on February 28, 1936.

On December 14, 1938, the AC Ry., applied to the ICC for permission to abandon its remaining line from Booth in a southerly direction to Forrester, AL, approximately 5.34 miles. At the time no regular train service was maintained, and operations were conducted for freight only, passenger service having been discontinued on January 1, 1931. The main source of traffic was a sawmill at Forrester which had been dismantled and removed not long before the application for abandonment. Permission was granted on February 6, 1939.

REFERENCES

 1.  ”Alabama Central Railway,” Valuation Docket No. 10, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 106, p. 211-17.

2.  “Alabama Central Railway Abandonment,” Finance Docket No. 11050, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 212, p. 325.

3.  “Alabama Central Railway Abandonment,” Finance Docket No. 12266, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 230, p. 623.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1st 1

 

4-4-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

16x24

 

56

 

70000

 

Mobile & Ohio #

Alabama Central Ry. #1, in 1904.

 

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #174

Sherman Brothers Lumber Co. #21, Fountain, FL,

on 9/3/1912.

 

2nd 1

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

7420

 

9/1884

 

18x24

 

50

 

90000

 

Brierfield Coal Co. #1, Brierfield, AL

Louisville Southern #25

Southern Ry. #765, in 1896

Danville & Western Ry. #12, in 10/1901

New ALCO boiler in 9/1905.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #151

Alabama Central Ry. #1, on 4/15/1911.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 187

 

In service 1/22/1917.

 

12

 

4-6-0

 

Pittsburgh

 

1103

 

1/1890

 

18x24

 

50

 

116000

 

Louisville, St. Louis & Texas Ry. #12

Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Ry. #12, in 5/1896.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #554

Alabama Central Ry. #12, in 3/1926.

 

 

 

10

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

30198

 

2/1907

 

16x24

 

50

 

94000

 

Kentwood & Eastern Ry. #10, Kentwood, LA

Philip A. Ryan Lumber Co. #3, Lufkin, TX, by 12/1922.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1712

Alabama Central Ry. #10, on 9/28/1936.

Baldwin class 8-26 D 171

 

Twin Seams Mining Co. #1, Kellerman, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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