- Alabama Southern Railroad
Infobox SG rail
railroad_name=Alabama Southern Railroad
Columbus, Mississippito Birmingham, Alabama
November 6, 2005
Pittsburg, KansasThe Alabama Southern Railroad reporting mark|ABS is a class III railroadthat operates in the southern United States.
ABS is one of several
short linerailroads owned by the Watco Companies.
The ABS consists of convert|85|mi|km of track between
Columbus, Mississippiand Birmingham, Alabama, with trackage rightsover Kansas City Southern/ CSXbetween Brookwood, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama. The line interchanges with the Kansas City Southernat Columbus, MS. It also interchangeswith the Norfolk Southernat Tuscaloosa, Alabamaand with CSX at Birmingham, Alabama.
The tracks were leased to
Watco Companiesby 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, Mississippito Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Warrior Branch between Tuscaloosa and Fox, Alabama, and the Brookwood Branch from Brookwood Junction to Brookwood, Alabama.
The entire line from Columbus, MS to Brookwood, AL was formerly operated by the
Kansas City Southernwith the Columbus and Greenville Railwayreporting mark|CAGY, having trackage rights over the line.
The line was originally constructed by the
Mobile and Ohio Railroadwhich 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 Centralon August 10 1972resulting in the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
March 31 1986, the MidSouth RailCorp. reporting mark|MSRC, purchased convert|373|mi|km of track, which included this line, from the Illinois Central Gulf. On January 1 1994the Kansas City Southern bought out Midsouth Rail.
*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.
List of United States railroads
List of Alabama railroads
Watco CompaniesList of all of Watco's railroads
* [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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