Seaboard Railroad of Alabama (1890-1900)

Tombigbee & Northern Railway (1900-1904)

36" Gauge

Headquarters: Fairford, AL

Years of Operation: 1890-1904

Predecessor Roads: none

Successor Roads: Tombigbee Valley

Miles Operated: Main line (SRRofAL): Nannahubba, AL to Turners, AL, 33 miles; branch: David’s Lake to River Junction, 6.75 miles.

Main line (T&NRy.): Nannahubba, AL to Turners, AL, 33 miles; Turners to Higdons, AL, 5 miles — total, 38 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

12/31/1891: Locomotives: 6. Cars: 1 passenger, 2 baggage, etc., 4 box, 1 stock, 105 flat, 5 caboose, 16 other.

6/30/1897: Locomotives: 6. Cars: 3 passenger, 4 box, 2 stock, 10 flat, 78 other.

6/30/1898: Locomotives: 5. Cars: 3 passenger, 4 box, 2 stock, 10 flat, 2 tank, 76 logging.

6/30/1902: Locomotives: 5. Cars: 1 passenger, 1 baggage, etc., 10 box, 2 stock, 10 flat, 75 lumber.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Seaboard Manufacturing Company built a large yellow pine sawmill at Fairford in Washington County, AL about 1888 together with a 36-inch gauge logging railroad. This railroad was chartered in Alabama on January 20, 1890, as the Seaboard Railroad of Alabama. The line was completed from Nannahubba, AL northward to Tuscarora, AL, 24.25 miles, in 1891. The line was extended to Turners, AL, 33 miles, in 1898. 

S. T. Prince of Mobile, AL was appointed receiver of the railroad on July 6, 1896, and the road sold at foreclosure on May 10, 1897, to trustees of the bondholders. The receiver was discharged on June 7, 1897, but continued to operate the railroad as agent for the purchasers. On January 17, 1900, the company was succeeded by the Tombigbee & Northern Railway

The Tombigbee & Northern Railway was succeeded by the Tombigbee Valley Railroad on March 5, 1904. The railroad was widened to standard gauge by June 1904.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

  

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-4-0

 

Porter

 

466

 

12/1881

 

10x16

 

40

 

36000

 

Montgomery Southern Ry. #1 Le Grand, Montgomery, AL

Montgomery & Florida Ry. #1, Montgomery, AL, in 5/1886.

Seaboard Railroad of Alabama #1, in 1890.

 

Tombigbee & Northern Ry. #1, Fairford, AL,

on 1/17/1900.

Tombigbee Valley R.R. #1, Fairford, AL,

on 3/5/1904.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Baldwin Lumber Co. #1, Baldwin, LA, on11/7/1905.

 

3

 

0-4-2T

 

Porter

 

1019

 

2/1889

 

8x14

 

30

 

22500

 

Seaboard Manufacturing Co. #3, Calvert, AL

Lettered “Mobile & Fairford Railway” on tank.

Seaboard Railroad of Alabama #3, in 1890.

 

Last parts order 7/5/1918.

 

7

 

2-6-0

 

Grant

 

 

 

 

 

13x18

 

40

 

44000

 

Texas & St. Louis #

Seaboard Railroad of Alabama #7,

by 12/1891.

 

Tombigbee & Northern Ry. #7, Fairford, AL,

on 1/17/1900.

Tombigbee Valley R.R. #7, Fairford, AL,

on 3/5/1904.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Cooke-Grafton Lumber Co. #2, Wesson, MS,

on 10/20/1909.

 

22

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

4888

 

12/1879

 

13x20

 

42

 

44000

 

Cairo & St. Louis R.R. #22

St. Louis & Cairo R.R. #22, on 2/1/1882.

Mobile & Ohio R.R., on 2/1/1886.

Seaboard Railroad of Alabama #22,

by 12/1891.

Baldwin class 8-20 D 26

 

Tombigbee & Northern Ry. #22, Fairford, AL,

on 1/17/1900

Tombigbee Valley R.R. #22, Fairford, AL,

on 3/5/1904.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Smith Sons Lumber Co. #5, Magazine, AL,

in 1/1906.

Smith-McGowin Mill Co. #5, Magazine, AL,

on 7/30/1908

 

 

 

 

 

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