Gulf, Florida & Alabama Railway (1912-1922)

Muscle Shoals, Birmingham & Pensacola Railway (1922-1928)

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: 

Years of Operation: 1912-1928

Predecessor Roads: Southern States Lumber Co.

Successor Roads: St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco)

Miles Operated: 147.29 + 11.63 mile Gateswood Branch

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

6/30/1914: Locomotives: 7. Cars: 10 passenger, 2 combination, 60 box, 130 flat, 20 coal, 2 service.

6/30/1919: Locomotives: 10. Cars: 9 passenger, 1 combination, 2 baggage & mail, 75 stock, 87 flat, 31 rock, 14 box, 7 caboose, 14 service.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Gulf, Florida & Alabama Railway was chartered on February 6, 1911 in Florida for 99 years, and acquired the railroad of the Southern States Lumber Company, extending from Cantonment, FL to Local, AL, 64.0 miles, late in 1911. The first section of road was put into operation on January 1, 1913, and opened as a common carrier on the same date. The company was given a grant from the City of Pensacola comprising three city blocks of waterfront for piers, warehouses, etc. In 1922 the name was changed to Muscle Shoals, Birmingham & Pensacola Railway. The road was absorbed into the FRISCO in August 1928.

The Gulf, Florida & Alabama was operated in two divisions: Southern Division Pensacola, FL to Mexia, AL, and Northen Division Mexia, AL to Kimbrough, AL. It connected with the Southern Ry., at Kimbrough, AL, the Louisville & Nashville at Atmore, AL, and the Louisville & Nashville and the Pensacola, Mobile & New Orleans at Pensacola, FL.

The company granted trackage rights to the Southern States Lumber Company, from Pensacola northward for 90 miles; the Vredenburgh Sawmill Company, between Vredenburgh and Atmore and 50 miles north or south of either junction; Russ & McCaskill, between Barrineau Park, FL and Gateswood, AL, and C. Y. Mayo, from Barrineau Park, FL 120 miles northward. The branch from Gateswood Jct. to Gateswood was leased to Russ & McCaskill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER By Gil Hoffman:

1              4-6-0               Schenectady             4364                    8-1895                     57                    17x24                      108000

Purchased from Lake Shore & Michigan Southern #5094, in 7-1913.

Built as Lake Shore & Michigan Southern #285, renumb. #5094 in 1905.

 

2              4-6-0               Brooks                                                     -1890                     57                    17x24                      126000

Purchased secondhand, in 1912.

 

3              4-6-0               Brooks                                                     -1892                     57                    17x24                      126000

Purchased secondhand, in 1913

 

4              4-6-0               Brooks                                                     -1895                     57                    17x24                      126000

Purchased secondhand, in 1913.

 

5              0-4-0               Wabash R.R.                                       -1889                     52                    16x24                        60000

Purchased from Fitz-Hugh Luther Co., Chicago, IL, in 1912.

Built as Wabash Ry. #28; to Fitzhugh-Luther Co., in 12-1908.

 

6              4-6-0                                                                                 -1895                                             17x24                      128000

Purchased secondhand, in 1913.

 

7              4-6-0               Schenectady             4362                    8-1895                     57                    17x24                      108000

Purchased from General Equipment Co., in 1913.

Built as Lake Shore & Michigan Southern #225, renumb. #5092 in 1905; to General Equipment Co., in 4-1910.

 

8              2-8-0               Pittsburgh                 1756                    11-1897                   51                    20x26                      140000

Purchased from General Equipment Co., in 11-1915.

Built as Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Youghiogheny #271, renumb. #9400 in 1907; to General Equip. Co.

To Muscle Shoal, Birmingham & Pensacola #8, in 1922. Renumb. #870 in 1926.

Sold to St. Louis San Francisco #870, in 1928. Scrapped 12-1937.

 

9              2-8-0               Pittsburgh                 1943                    6-1899                     51                    20x26                      140000

Purchased from General Equipment Co., in 11-1915.

Built as Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Youghiogheny #279, renumb. #9408 in 1907; to General Equip. Co.

To Muscle Shoal, Birmingham & Pensacola #9, in 1922. Renumb. #871 in 1926.

Sold to St. Louis San Francisco #871, in 1928. Retired 11-1936.

 

10            2-6-0               Altoona                     2081                    8-1899                     62                    20x28                      144500

Purchased from General Equipment Co., 4-1918.

Built as Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore #77; to Pennsylvania R.R. #5077, in 1903, renumb. #05077 in 1-1917; to General Equipment Co.

 

11            2-6-0               Altoona                     2168                    1-1901                     62                    20x28                      144500

Purchased from General Equipment Co., 4-1918.

Built as Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore #197; to Pennsylvania R.R. #5197, in 1903, renumb. #05197 in 1-1917; to General Equipment Co.

 

12            2-8-0               Brooks                       3629                    9-1900                     63                    21x30                      174000

Purchased from General Equipment Co., 12-1919.

Built as Lake Shore & Michigan Southern #739, renumb. #5739 in 1905; to General Equipment Co.

 

14            2-8-0               Brooks                       3632                    9-1900                     63                    21x30                      174000

Purchased from General Equipment Co., 12-1919.

Built as Lake Shore & Michigan Southern #744, renumb. #5744 in 1905; to General Equipment Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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