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Alabama Central Railroad

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The nine-mile Jasper to Marigold line of the Alabama Central depended on coal and when that was depleted, the #29 and a second engine stopped interchange at Jasper with the Frisco, the Southern, and the Illinois Central.

John Krause, Rails Through Dixie

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The Alabama Central Railroad served a coal mine about 10 miles from Jasper, Al, where it made a connection to the Frisco (St. Louis San Francisco) and other mainline roads. It hauled coal, most of which went to the generating plants of the Alabama Power Company. The line stabled several 2-8-0 steamers as late as 1960, as well as a wooden ex-Illinois Central caboose. Boomer #29 had a long southeastern shortline heritage: ex Onieda & Western, Chattahoochee Valley, and Birmingham Southern.

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Alabama Central #29

  • builder:American Locomotive Company
  • arrangement:2-8-0 Consolidation
  • built:Sep 1923, Alco #65287
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • ex Birmingham Southern #35
    ex Birmingham Rail & Locomotive
    ex Chattahoochee Valley #35
    ex Oneida & Western #29
  • Alabama Central #28

  • builder:American Locomotive Company
  • arrangement:2-8-0 Consolidation
  • built:Jun 1902, Alco #25196
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • ex Oneida & Western #28
  • Alabama Central #698

  • builder:ALCO Brooks
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten Wheeler
  • built:1906
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • ex Frisco #698
  • Rolling Stock

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    This page was updated on 2016-04-16