Alabama Southern Railroad


Alabama Southern Railroad

Infobox SG rail
railroad_name=Alabama Southern Railroad
logo_filename=
logo_size=
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marks=ABS
locale=Columbus, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama
start_year=November 6, 2005
end_year=present
hq_city=Pittsburg, Kansas
The Alabama Southern Railroad reporting mark|ABS is a class III railroad that operates in the southern United States.

ABS is one of several short line railroads owned by the Watco Companies.

The ABS consists of convert|85|mi|km of track between Columbus, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama, with trackage rights over Kansas City Southern/CSX between Brookwood, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama. The line interchanges with the Kansas City Southern at Columbus, MS. It also interchanges with the Norfolk Southern at Tuscaloosa, Alabama and with CSX at Birmingham, Alabama.

The tracks were leased to Watco Companies by the Kansas City Southern effective November 6, 2005, resulting in the formation of three railroads; the Arkansas Southern Railroad, Louisiana Southern Railroad, and the Alabama Southern Railroad. The Alabama Southern consists of the Kansas City Southern's Tuscaloosa Branch, which includes the Tuscaloosa Subdivision east of Columbus, Mississippi to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Warrior Branch between Tuscaloosa and Fox, Alabama, and the Brookwood Branch from Brookwood Junction to Brookwood, Alabama.

History

The entire line from Columbus, MS to Brookwood, AL was formerly operated by the Kansas City Southern with the Columbus and Greenville Railway reporting mark|CAGY, having trackage rights over the line.

The line was originally constructed by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad which was purchased through a foreclosure sale by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad (GM&O) on August 1 1940. The GM&O merged with the Illinois Central on August 10 1972 resulting in the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

On March 31 1986, the MidSouth Rail Corp. reporting mark|MSRC, purchased convert|373|mi|km of track, which included this line, from the Illinois Central Gulf. On January 1 1994 the Kansas City Southern bought out Midsouth Rail.

Sources

*Press Release Announcing Alabama Southern Railroad July 20, 2005 [http://www.watcocompanies.com/news/press_releases/2005/07-20-05%20KCS%20Watco%20News%20Release.pdf]
*The Historical Guide to North American Railroads - 2nd ed., (Kalmbach Books, 2000) for info on the Class I mergers.
* [http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/003/281ewkja.asp?bitPrintable=1 Trains.com] Information on MidSouth Rail
*SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Southern States by Mike Walker (Steam Powered Publishing & SPV, 2001) Ownership and detail of rail line.

ee also

*List of United States railroads
*List of Alabama railroads
*Watco Companies List of all of Watco's railroads

External links

* [http://www.watcocompanies.com/Railroads/ABS%20(Alabama)/ABS%20main%20page.htm Official Page]
* [http://www.watcocompanies.com/Railroads/ABS%20(Alabama)/ABS_map.htm Route Map]


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