Alabama & Northwestern Railroad

Standard Gauge 40 and 60-lb. rail

Headquarters: Pine Hill, AL

Years of Operation: 1912-1934

Predecessor Roads: Vredenburgh Saw Mill Co.

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: 24.373

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

6/30/1919: Locomotives: 1. Cars: 1 combination, 1 motor car.

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Alabama & Northwestern Railroad was incorporated in Alabama on January 8, 1912, for the purpose of purchasing or constructing and operating in the southern part of the State of Alabama. The date of organization was January 8, 1912. Authorized and outstanding capital stock was $160,000, the majority of which was owned by John T. Cochrane.

 The line extended from Pine Hill, AL in a general westerly direction to Coxheath, AL, 24.373 miles. It connected with the Southern Railway at Pine Hill. The country traversed was slightly rolling. The track was laid with 50 and 60-lb. rail, both new and relay, with full earth ballast. There were 55 timber bridges on the line. The shop was at Pine Hill, AL.

 About 16 miles of road, extending from Pine Hill to Van Sale, AL, was purchased from the Vredenburgh Saw Mill Company on January 8, 1912. This line had been built in 1885 as a logging road and was sold in 1903 to the Vredenburgh Saw Mill Company, which operated a sawmill at Pine Hill that cut out in 1911.The remaining 9.373 miles of line was built partly by company forces and partly by the Cox Lumber Company.

 The main business of the railroad was hauling lumber products. By the early 1930s most of the timber near the line had been cut and business was in a steady decline. Passenger service was discontinued in 1932. On March 16, 1934, the railroad company applied to the ICC for permission to abandon its entire line. At that time the railroad owned 2 secondhand locomotives and a caboose and rented freight cars, as needed, from the Southern Railway. Two round trips weekly were made. Permission for abandonment was given on June 23, 1934.

REFERENCES

 1.  ”Alabama & North Western Railroad Company,” Valuation Docket No. 656, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 116, p. 602-9

2.  ”Alabama & Northwestern Railroad Company Abandonment,” Finance Docket No. 10399, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 202, p. 4-6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

10

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

6424

 

10/1882

 

17x24

 

49

 

80000

 

St. Louis Bridge Co. & Tunnel R.R. #16,

St. Louis, MO. Built as 0-6-0.

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis #16, on 7/30/1889.

Converted to 2-6-0.

Vredenburgh Saw Mill Co. #3, Pine Hill, AL,

by 3/1908.

Alabama & Northwestern R.R. #10, in 12/1911.

Baldwin class 6-28 D 27

 

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #248

Durden Lumber & Crate Co. #4, Williston, FL,

on 6/8/1916.

 

11

 

4-6-0

 

Lehigh Valley

 

 

10/1874

 

18x26

 

50

 

87800

 

Lehigh Valley R.R. #184 Comet

Built at Weatherly Shops.

Rebuilt 12/1896 at Weatherly Shops.

Re. #1290 in 1905.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #95

Alabama & Northwestern R.R. #11, on 6/24/1913.

 

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #369

Miller-Bent Lumber Co. #44, Poley, AL,

on 5/12/1919.

 

12

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

B4444

F4578

 

9/1891

 

18x24

 

56

 

100300

 

Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Ry. #134

Re. #169 in 1915.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #320,

on 8/15/1916.

Alabama & Northwestern R.R. #12, in 11/1916.

Cost $3,500.

 

Boiler from NC&StL #113.

Still owned 3/16/1934.

 

?

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

29980

 

1/1907

 

18x24

 

54

 

120000

 

Morelia & Tacambaro R.R. #10, Mexico

Returned to Baldwin. Rebuilt as straight stack coal burner, for sale to:

Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City R.R. #10,

on 2/22/1907.

New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago R.R. #10,

in 12/1909.

Gulf, Mobile & Northern R.R. #10, in 1/1917.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Alabama & Northwestern R.R., on 5/8/1928.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 473

 

Still owned 3/16/1934.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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