With its new line now open the railroad began building west and in doing
so created the Western Rail Road Company of Alabama in which the
M&WP system became part of. It reached Selma in 1870 and five years
later jointly came under the ownership of the Georgia Railroad and CoG. After the Georgia Railroad had control of both railroads they
became marketed as the West Point Route in 1886, a name which would come
to define the two systems for the rest of their days. Although both
had separate identities under the banner they were
essentially operated as one railroad, in conjunction with their parent's
routes to the west.
As small as both railroads were, operating a total of 225 miles they
surprisingly saw very fine passenger trains traversing their territory!
The most famous trains were owned by other larger railroads like the
Southern and Louisville & Nashville connecting such cities as New
Orleans, New York and other points north and south. Still, even though
the West Point served as a through route for these trains it saw
some of the finest to operate in the south that included all-Pullman
service, parlors, observations, diners, you name it! After the West Point came under total control of the
Atlantic Coast Line in 1944 it operated mostly independently until the
formation of Family Lines System in 1972. At this point the railroad
was still on the books but had mostly lost its identity.
Atlanta & West Point Diesel Locomotive Roster
|1005||EMD||FP7||1||1949 (Ex-WRoA #502)|
|675||Baldwin||DS-4-4-1000||1||1949 (Ex-Georgia #921)|
|4978||EMD||GP16||1||1951 (Ex-ACL GP7 #246)|
Western Railway of Alabama Diesel Locomotive Roster
|520||EMD||GP7||1||1950 (Ex-SAL #1734)|
|4977, 4979||EMD||GP16||2||1951-1952 (Ex-WRoA #524, Ex-ACL GP7 #141)|
Georgia Railroad Diesel Locomotive Roster
|1005||EMD||FP7||1||1949 (Ex-A&WP #551)|
|1019-1020||EMD||GP7||2||1950 (Ex-A&WP #571-572)|
|4975||EMD||GP16||1||1954 (Ex-Georgia #1042)|
|6051-6052||EMD||GP38-2||2||1980 (Ex-SCL #6051-6052)|
Steam Locomotive Roster (Including both the A&WP and WRoA)
Class A: This class included the railroads' roster of 4-6-0 Ten-wheelers.
Class C: This class included the railroads' roster of 2-8-0 Consolidations.
Class E: This class included the railroads' roster of 0-6-0 switchers.
Class F: This class included the railroads' roster of 2-8-2 Mikados.
Class G: This class included the railroads' roster of 0-8-0 switchers.
Class M: This class included the railroads' roster of 4-8-2 Mountains.
Class P: This class included the railroads' roster of 4-6-2 Pacifics.
Lines System was merely a marketing tactic which brought together the
allying railroads of the Louisville & Nashville, Clinchfield,
Seaboard Coast Line, and included a number of other smaller lines (such
as the Georgia Railroad, Atlanta & West Point Railroad, and Western
Railway of Alabama). With this came a new livery applied to all of the
railroads (with sub-lettering stenciled under locomotive cabs
identifying company). This marketing scheme
also was short-lived, lasting only from 1972 until 1982 when these
railroads merged together formally to create the Seaboard System (itself
a very short-lived railroad). After this point the West Point Route
remained on the books until 1986 when it formally dissolved into the
Seaboard System and soon after becoming part of CSX.
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