Sumter & Choctaw Railway

Allison Lumber Co.

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Bellamy, AL

Years of Operation: 1904-

Predecessor Roads: Allison Lumber Co.

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: 22.216 

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment:

6/30/1914: Locomotives: 7. Cars: 2 passenger, 5 box, 86 flat, 1 tank, 3 caboose, 14 service.

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The Sumter & Choctaw Railway was incorporated in Alabama on July 12, 1904, to acquire the railroad of the Allison Lumber Company, extending from Lilita to Whitfield, AL, and to construct and operate a railroad from Bellamy in a southerly direction to Steiner, AL. Through a charter amendment, dated April 22, 1911, the southern terminus was changed to Choctaw City, AL. The date of organization was July 12, 1904. The entire capital stock of $50,000 was owned by E. F. Allison and others, who comprised the board of directors of the Allison Lumber Company.

 The railroad connected with the Southern Railway at Lilita, AL. The country traversed from Lilita to Choctaw City was rolling and the longest trestle on the line was 1,500 feet. The line was built primarily to serve the parent Allison Lumber Company. In addition to freight service, passengers, mail and express were hauled.

The line from Lilita to Whitfield, AL, 10.00 miles, was bought from the Allison Lumber Company on August 3, 1904. The line from Whitfield to Choctaw City, 12.66 miles, was completed in 1911 and opened for operation on October 1, 1911. 

The Allison Lumber Company built it first sawmill, a small circular type, at Bellamy, AL in 1899. Initially the company was a partnership, but was incorporated in 1902. In June 1902 the sawmill cutting capacity was increased. This mill operated continuously until 1922 when it was replaced by a larger plant with an 8-ft. band head saw having a cutting capacity of 75,000 feet per day. The new mill cut both pine and hardwoods.

 

REFERENCES

 

1. “Sumter & Choctaw Railway Company,” Valuation Docket No. 426, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 110, p.405-18.

2. “A Word and Pictorial Sketch of the Allison Lumber Company’s Activities at Bellamy, Alabama,” Southern Lumberman, August 2, 1924, p. 44-56.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman

 

1

 

40-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

363

 

7/1891

 

3-11x12

 

32

 

57000

 

United Lumber Co. #3, Portage Creek, PA

Allison Lumber Co. #1, Bellamy, AL

Sumter & Choctaw Ry. #1

 

Allison Lumber Co. #1, Bellamy, AL,

by 6/30/1917.

 

9

 

0-4-2T

 

Porter

 

1828

 

2/1898

 

10x14

 

 

 

30000

 

Geo. W. Dimeling & Co., Lawshe, PA

Allison Lumber Co. #9, Bellamy, AL, ca. 1902.

Sumter & Choctaw Ry. #9, in 1904.

 

Retired by 6/30/1917.

 

100

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

5694

 

6/1881

 

13x18

 

43

 

46000

 

Minneapolis, Lyndale & Minnetonka Ry. #12 Dr. Wm. B. Hawkes.  Built 36" gauge.

Minneapolis Street Ry. #12, in 1889.

Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Ry. #322, in 1891.

Rebuilt to std. gauge, 9/1891.

Wisconsin & Chippewa Ry. #999., in 2/1897.

Marinette, Tomahawk & Western Ry. #999, Marinette, WI, in 6/1898. Re. #3.

F. M. Hicks Co., Chicago, IL, (dealer), in 7/1904.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Allison Lumber Co. #100, Bellamy, AL, in 6/1905.

Sumter & Choctaw Ry. #100

 

Scrapped ca. 1938.

 

7

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1916

 

6/1907

 

3-8x10

 

26½

 

47140

 

New, via Bellamy Supply Co.

 

Allison Lumber Co. #7, Bellamy, AL,

by 6/30/1917.

For sale 1/1926.

 

11

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2118

 

3/1909

 

3-8x10

 

27½

 

47600

 

Allison Lumber Co. #11, Bellamy, AL

Lettered “Sumter & Choctaw Ry. Co.”

 

Allison Lumber Co. #11, Bellamy, AL,

by 6/30/1917.

Scrapped ca. April 1928.

 

8

 

4-6-0

 

Rhode

Island

 

2364

 

8/1890

 

18x24

 

56

 

100000

 

Macon Construction Co. #223, Macon, GA

Macon & Birmingham Ry. #223, on 5/25/1896.

Georgia Southern & Florida #134

Hawkinsville & Florida Southern Ry., Macon, GA, in 1906.

Sumter & Choctaw Ry. #8, in 1914

 

In service 6/30/1917.

 

101

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

18719

 

2/1901

 

19x24

 

51

 

104000

 

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #408

Sumter & Choctaw Ry. #101, in 1916.

Baldwin class 8-32 D 599

 

In service 6/30/1917.

 

102

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

57778

 

4/1924

 

17x24

 

44

 

122000

 

New via Allison Lumber Co. Cost $23,330.

Baldwin class 12-28¼ E 26

 

Retired 6/1961 due to cracked boiler.

National Railroad Museum, Inc., Green Bay, WI, in 8/1964.

 

103

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

58754

 

10/1925

 

15x20

 

44

 

89000

 

New via Allison Lumber Co. Cost $16,900.

Baldwin class 10-24¼ D 160

 

Empire State Railway Museum, Middletown, NY, in 1961, for use in excursion service.

Valley R.R. #103, in 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

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