The Escambia Railroad was owned and operated by the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company
to serve its sawmill in Century, Florida in the northwestern part of
the state. The line began operation around 1900 and remained in use
through the 1950s before trucks replaced the railroad. At its peak the
Escambia Railroad operated about 55 miles of track heading northward
into southern Alabama and its rich timber holdings. The railroad
interchanged its traffic with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
Manistee & Repton Railway
The Manistee & Repton Railway was owned by the Manistee
Mill Company based in Monroe, Alabama. The railroad began operations in
1907 and was one of the larger logging lines in the state operating some
45 miles of track. The M&R remained in use until the 1970s and a
few miles of the railroad are still active under shortline Alabama
Marbury & Kingston Railway
The Marbury & Kingston Railway was owned by the Marbury Lumber Company
beginning operations around 1892 in Autauga County where they owned
some 35,000 acres of timber reserves. It remained in use only until
1912 when operations were suspended.
Mobile & Gulf Railroad
The Mobile & Gulf Railroad was owned by the W. P. Brown &
Sons Lumber Company and operated a 10 mile railroad from Brownsville,
Alabama to a connection
with the GM&O. The M&G operated between 1914 and 1984 and
still used steam until the very early 1970s.
Oak Grove & Georgetown Railroad
The Oak Grove & Georgetown Railroad was owned by M. L.
Davis which operated a sawmill at Oak Grove, Alabama and used the
railroad to haul logs. It began
operations in 1904 and closed in 1927 when the sawmill ended production.
Perdido Pole Road
The Perdido Pole Road was originally constructed by the
Wallace, Sanford & Company which had built a sawmill near Wilson.
It began operations in 1886 using a five-foot gauge line over a
five-mile railroad. It remained in use through the early 20th century.
Seaboard Railroad of Alabama
The Seaboard Railroad of Alabama was owned by the Seaboard Manufacturing
Company, which had constructed a sawmill at Fairford. The railroad
began operations in 1890 as a three-foot narrow-gauge and eventually
connected Nannahubba with Turners, Alabama in 1898, a distance of around
33 miles. The railroad itself fell into receivership in 1897 becoming
the Tombigbee & Northern Railway in 1900 and again was renamed the
Tombigbee Valley Railroad in 1904. It was switched to standard gauge
that same year but suspended operations before 1905.
Sumter & Choctaw Railroad
The Sumter & Choctaw Railroad was owned by the Allison Lumber Company
beginning operations in 1901. It served a lumber mill near Bellamy and
at its length operated nearly 30 miles of track reaching nearby timber
holdings. The railroad remained in use all of the way through the
Washington & Choctaw Railroad
The Washington & Choctaw Railroad was originally owned by the E. W. Gates Lumber Company.
It began operations in 1901 and eventually connected Yellow Pine
(where a sawmill was located) with Bolinger, Alabama tapping the area's
timber reserves. The railroad changed hands a number of times before
discontinuing operations by 1927.
Finally, for additional reading about the state's once prolific logging operations please click here. This page lists each individual company, their location, the years in which they operated, and more.
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