Alabama Midland Railway

Alabama Midland Railway engine no. 515, Tom Solomon photo

Alabama Midland No. 515. (Tom Solomon Photographs, Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. Records, RG030. Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.)

Most of the line between Bainbridge and Montgomery was constructed in the late 1880s by the Alabama Midland Railway under the direction of Montgomery businessman Joseph Washington Woolfolk with the financial help of Henry B. Plant. Plant had been seeking an Alabama extension for his Savannah, Florida & Western Railroad, which then ended at Bainbridge, and the Alabama Midland provided the opportunity. Soon after the new line opened in 1890, his Plant Investment Company purchased it and made it a part of the Plant System.

In the 1894 edition of The Official Railway List, the Alabama Midland reported operating 209 miles of railroad, 18 locomotives, and 490 cars.

Alabama Midland/Plant System locomotive

Ten-wheeler built by Richmond Locomotive Works for the Plant Systems's Alabama Midland Railway.

1892 map (191K)

Suggested Reading:

Wayne Cline. Alabama Railroads. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.

Dudley S. Johnson. Early History of the Alabama Midland Railroad Company. The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History, October, 1968, p. 276-287.

 


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