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Gulf Power Company

Florida Industrial

Mid-century, Gulf Power Company served the panhandle of Florida with electrical utility service. In the 1960s, they operated two pieces of track: One was a several mile connection from the Crist Steam Plant, an electrical generating station north of Pensacola, out to the Louisville & Nashville. The track was installed for construction purposes and Gulf Power utilized a small 0-4-0T tank locomotive for shuttling construction equipment and generating station parts between the mainline and the site. The second group of tracks served as a staging yard at another generating plant at River Junction, Fl. The River Junction station burned Alabama coal delivered by rail from the L&N. Throughout the 1950s, Gulf Power used an L&N 0-8-0 in the yard.