Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Kansas City, MO

Years of Operation: 1887-1928

Predecessor Roads: Memphis & Birmingham RR

                                  Memphis & Southeastern RR

                                  Memphis, Birmingham & Atlantic RR

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

Miles Operated: 276.57 in 1891

Locomotives Owned: 41 as of 6-30-1891

Equipment

On June 30, 1891 owned 23 passenger cars, 6 baggage mail & express cars, 490 box cars, 50 refrigerator cars, 148 flat cars, 13 stock cars, 1040 hopper cars, 25 cabooses, and 4 other cars. 

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The Memphis Selma & Brunswick Railroad was formed in 1881 as a merger of the Memphis Holly Springs & Selma RR and the Selma Marion & Memphis RR, neither of which had laid any track yet. The Memphis Selma & Brunswick RR completed a railroad from Memphis to Holly Springs, MS, a distance of 43 miles, by 1885. On November 14, 1885, it was sold to the Memphis Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad. 

Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham Railroad was incorporated February 18, 1886, and was the consolidation of the Memphis & Birmingham Railroad, the Memphis & Southeastern Railroad, and the Memphis, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad. Only the last one had any operating trackage. The KCM&B completed the line from Memphis to Birmingham in 1887. A branch from Aberdeen Jct. (near Amory) to Aberdeen was completed in 1888. The KCM&B was leased to the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Ry in 1896. The KCFS&M was purchased by the St. Louis & San Francisco RR (Frisco) in 1901 and officially merged into the St. Louis-San Francisco in 1928. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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