Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola Railroad (1910-1913)

Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad (1913-1931)

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Brent, AL

Years of Operation: 1910-1931

Predecessor Roads: none

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: 16 miles Brent to Jericho, AL

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

                  6/30/1918: Locomotives: 1. Cars: 6 freight

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola Railroad was incorporated in Alabama on July 26, 1910, and was taken over by the Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad on December 23, 1913. The latter company was incorporated in Alabama through articles of association on December 23, 1913, filed with the probate judge of Bibb County, AL, who issued the certificate of incorporation on January 1, 1914. The railroad was incorporated for the purpose of acquiring the Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola Railroad. The date of organization was December 23, 1913.

 The Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola extended from Brent, AL in a southwesterly direction to Jericho, AL, 16 miles. The segment from Brent to Blue Girth, AL, 8 miles, was built prior to 1913 by the Suttle & Weaver Land & Lumber Company and was sold to the Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola.  This line passed to the Birmingham, Selma Mobile on December 23, 1913. The line from Blue Girth to Ellards, AL, 4.6 miles, was built during 1916-17. By the early 1920s the line had been extended to Jericho, AL. At Brent the line connected with Mobile & Ohio Railroad. 

The Birmingham, Selma & Mobile traversed a low, flat land covered by timber. There were 42 pile-and-frame trestles along its length. The main line was laid with new 50-lb. and relay 56-lb. rail, which was owned, and with new 40-lb. and relay 60-lb. rail leased from the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.

On December 3, 1928, the ICC granted the Birmingham, Selma & Mobile permission to build two new branch lines from Jericho, AL, one extending west and northwest for 22 miles, and the other extending southeast for 10 miles to Joyce Hill. The purpose of these branches was to haul pine timber in that area. Neither was ever built, however, and in November 1931 the railroad suspended operations.

REFERENCES

 

1.  ”Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad Company,” Valuation Docket No. 585, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 116, p. 110-24.

2.  ”Construction of Extension and Branch Line by Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad Company,” Finance Docket No. 7090, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 150, p. 28-31.

3.  ”Deficit Status of Birmingham, Selma & Mobile Railroad Company,” Finance Docket No. 4623, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 249, p. 265-6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

0-4-4F

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

11x16

 

 

 

42000

 

Unknown.

Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola #

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #814, on 7/21/1911, in trade on #803.

Louisiana Hardwood Lumber Co. #1, Morgan City, LA, on 7/22/1911.

Globe Packing Box Co., Honey Island, LA,

on 2/8/1913.

 

803

 

0-4-4F

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

11x16

 

 

 

42000

 

Unknown.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #803

Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola #803,

on 7/21/1911. Cost $2,500 with $800 in trade on Rhode Island Forney.

 

Birmingham, Selma & Mobile #803,

on 12/23/1913.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #327

Brandon Lumber Co. #3,St. Marys, GA,

on 12/11/1919.

 

1000

 

0-4-4F

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

12x16

 

 

 

48000

 

Unknown.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #428

King Lumber Co. #1, Prentice, AL,

on 3/6/1906.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1000

Birmingham, Selma & Pensacola #1000,

on 6/12/1913.

 

Birmingham, Selma & Mobile #1000,

on 12/23/1913.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #328

Brandon Lumber Co. #2,St. Marys, GA,

on 6/19/1919.

 

297

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

9794

 

2/1889

 

15x18

 

36

 

64000

 

Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis #5

(Nashville & Tuscaloosa Division)

Built 36" gauge.

Rebuilt to standard gauge #197 in 1894.

Re. #297 in 1904.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #322,

on 10/24/1916.

Birmingham, Selma & Mobile #297,

on 12/5/1916. Cost $4,500.

Baldwin class 10-24 E 132

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

 

 

 

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