Warrior River Terminal Co.

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Birmingham, AL

Years of Operation: 1926-1941

Predecessor Roads: Ensley Southern

Successor Roads: 

Miles Operated: Fairfield, AL to Birmingport, AL18.130 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

12/31/1928: Locomotives: 3. Cars: 40 gondolas, 11 work.

2/29/1932: Locomotives: 5 (1 ouf of service). Cars: 102 gondolas, 11 work.

12/31/1937: Locomotives: 2. Cars: 102 gondolas, 10 work.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Warrior River Terminal Company was incorporated in Alabama on January 18, 1926, as the Port of Birmingham Railway. On February 12, 1926, the name was changed to Warrior River Terminal Company. On April 28, 1926, the company purchased the property of the Ensley Southern Railroad. The Warrior River Terminal Company was controlled by the Inland Waterways Corporation through ownership of its capital stock.

 The line extended from a connection with the Birmingham Southern and the Southern Railway at Ensley Junction (Fairfield), on the outskirts of the city of Birmingham, in a northwesterly direction to Birmingport, a landing on the Little Warrior River, 18.130 miles. The company also had trackage rights over 1.98 miles of the Birmingham Southern at Ensley Junction.

 The country traversed for the first 6 miles was rolling, while the remainder was rough and rugged. The line followed closely along Short Creek for the first few miles. The principal industry was the manufacture of iron and steel. The road derived most of its revenue from hauling ore, sulphur, timber, sugar and other miscellaneous commodities from the Inland Waterways Corporationís boats operating on the Warrior River to its connections at Ensley Junction. Most of the ore was destined for the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company, owners of large mills near Birmingham.

 In December 1928 the main line was laid chiefly with 75 and 80-lb. rail. The tracks were ballasted principally with cinders and crushed slag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

0-6-0

 

Porter

 

6021

 

3/1918

 

18x24

 

48

 

104000

 

U. S. Army, Aberdeen, MD

Warrior River Terminal Co. #1, in 1928.

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1850

Solvay Process Co., Hopewell, VA, on 3/30/1937.

 

2

 

0-6-0

 

Porter

 

6157

 

3/1918

 

19x26

 

50

 

122000

 

U. S. Army Ordinance Dept. #5, Washington, DC

Warrior River Terminal Co. #2,

in 11/1929.

 

Mississippi Warrior Service Co. #5, Memphis, TN

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Southern Phosphate Corp. #4, Ridgewood, FL,

on 12/2/1937.

 

3

 

0-4-0T

 

Porter

 

5980

 

11/1917

 

14x20

 

40

 

72000

 

Re. from #100.

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1803

Edgmoor & Manetta Ry. #5, Lando, SC,

on 4/10/1941.

 

100

 

0-4-0T

 

Porter

 

5980

 

11/1917

 

14x20

 

40

 

72000

 

Watertown Arsenal, Watertown, MA

Warrior River Terminal Co. #100, in 1927.

 

Out of service 2/29/1932.

Re. #3.

 

300

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

1917

 

21x28

 

56

 

166000

 

Unknown.

Warrior River Terminal Co. #300, in 1928.

 

In service 12/31/1937.

 

301

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

47566

 

1/1918

 

21x28

 

56

 

166000

 

Built as: United States Government, for France #449. Diverted to:

Norfolk Navy Yard, on 1/17/1918.

Warrior River Terminal Co. #301,

in 3/1929.

Baldwin class 10-36 E 1781

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1847

Gaylord Container Corp. #301, Bogalusa, LA,

on 2/28/1941.


 

 

 

 

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