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Marianna & Blountstown Railroad

The Route of Many Bumps

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The daily southbound freight of the Marianna & Blountstown, in the Indian summer of steam, heads out of Marianna, Florida, at sunrise on its country occasions of cotton and turpentine.

Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, The Age of Steam, 1957

mbrc_state Formed in 1909, the diminutive Marianna & Blountstown Railroad offered shortline service between its namesake towns in the Florida panhandle. Passenger service was offered until 1929, steam motive power was in use as late as 1947, and the road handled agricultural and lumber products until it abandonment in 1972. Interchange with the Louisville & Nashville was maintained at Marianna. At 29 miles in length, the little MBRY was Florida's shortest common-carrier railroad.

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For 63 years (1909-1972), the Marianna and Blountstown Railroad was Calhoun County's link to the commerce of the nation. Until 1929, the M&B (also affectionately known as "Many Bumps" or "Meat and Bread") provided passenger service, carried mail, agricultural products, manufacturing goods, and building products. In the early years, logging spur lines extended into remote areas of the county and millions of board feet of long-leaf pine lumber were shipped from local sawmills. During its operation, the 29-mile-long line was Florida's shortest railroad. Steam locomotive #444 was in operation when the M&B's first diesel engine arrived in 1947 and rests today on the exact location of the old M&B roadbed. Climb aboard the historic locomotive and caboose and visit the Depot Museum.

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Motive Power

Marianna & Blountstown #70

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • built:Jun 1914, Baldwin #41463
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 17x26" cylinders, 56" drivers
  • blt Georgia Coast & Piedmont #70
    to Georgia Car & Locomotive#433
    to Marianna & Blountstown, 1920
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    Marianna & Blountstown #444

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • built:1911
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 16x24" cylinders, 56" drivers
  • blt for Brinson Railroad #444
    to Savannah & Northwestern #444
    to Savanah & Atlanta #444
    to Marianna & Blountstown, 1935
    on display at Blountstown FL
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    Marianna & Blountstown #75

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:70 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:1947
  • series:193 produced 1946-58
  • engine:CB FWL-6T (6 cyls, 660 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Marianna & Blountstown #75
    to Whisler Equipment
    to Iowa Terminal #75, 1967
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    Rolling Stock

    Lagniappe

    General Electric ad

    collection

    Saillard correspondence / Apr 2002

    Links / Sources

    This page was updated on 2017-07-31