In general, short lines tend to provide the most fascinating operations of any railroad.As local, centrally based companies they are much more down-home in nature, often friendlier (than large Class Is), and are just more fun to watch than the big roads.It operates west and south of Birmingham connecting Bessemer and Port Birmingham.The road has its own mechanical and locomotive shop.They also give you a look at what railroading used to be like decades ago, back during the nostalgic era.The information here features most Class III carriers operating throughout the United States and they have been conveniently broken down by state.
The railroad has a total of 75 miles of track and serves the local port moving everything from coal and scrap steel to automotive products and chemicals.
It is another G&W line with interchange connections including NS, KCS, and Columbus & Greenville.: The historic Meridian & Bigbee has been in service since the 1930s and still operates its original route from Montgomery, Alabama to Meridian, Mississippi.
It is currently owned by G&W and handles a wide range of freight.: This independent short line has operated since 1995 over about 41 miles of track on former Illinois Central trackage.
The route's heritage can be traced back to three predecessors including the L&N, Seaboard Air Line, and Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Its current traffic includes steel, rubber, cement, agriculture, and other freight.: This Watco property began service on November 20, 2005 and operates about 85 miles of track between Columbus, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama under lease with Kansas City Southern.
The property was formerly Gulf, Mobile & Ohio trackage.: Formerly known as the Jefferson Warrior Railway prior to August 7, 2009, this Watco property operates about 15 miles of track around the Birmingham area.