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Alabama Central Railroad

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 Japer with the Frisco, the Southern, and the Illinois Central.

John Krause, Rails Through Dixie

Alabama shortline

As noted by Krause above, the Alabama Central Railroad served a coal mine about 10 miles from Jasper, Al, where it made a connection to the Frisco (SLSF) and other class one 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, not to mention a handsome wooden ex-IC caboose. Boomer No. 29, shown below, had a long southeastern shortline heritage to boast: ex Onieda & Western, Chattahoochee Valley, and Birmingham Southern.

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