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Old Alabama
Great photos of vintage railroading in the Yellowhammer State
Photo Album By: Will Ebbert
 
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Photo ID: 780393

The daily freight to Tuscaloosa and Artesia approaches the yard limits behind GP38-2 9613 (bought new by the merged company), assisted by an ex-IC GP40 and an ex-GM&O GP30. That GP38-2 - built in... (more)

Railroad: Illinois Central Gulf
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: ICG 9613
Train ID: ICG 30
Photo Date: October, 1975


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By: David Harris

Added: Aug 26, 2021

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Photo ID: 780392

For the last few years, CSX has not been able to decide what to do with the line from Montgomery down through Dothan and Thomasville to Waycross. They don't seem to want it, but can't seem to let... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: GE U36B
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 1778
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 26, 1975


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By: David Harris

Added: Aug 26, 2021

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Photo ID: 778093

A lot of second-generation geeps look alike, so you could easily overlook this rare gem. ASAB 507 is the only GP39 on their roster. That may not seem like a big deal, but it is also one of only 2... (more)

Railroad: Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP39
Location: Dothan, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: ASAB 507
Train ID: ASAB switcher
Photo Date: September 14, 1974


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 31, 2021

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Photo ID: 777512

Once again an SCL locomotive fronts Amtrak's Floridian. This time, though, it is not due to the failure of one of the antique inherited E-units. Instead, SCL 1823 was added after the lead unit wa... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: GE U36B
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 1823
Train ID: Amt Floridian
Photo Date: July 07, 1973


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 24, 2021

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Photo ID: 777104

Typical early-CSX mix of paint schemes, with a U30C in the short-lived 'CSX Transportation' scheme.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8139
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 06, 1988


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 19, 2021

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Photo ID: 776706

Working for closely affiliated company Western Railway of Alabama, Georgia Railroad GP7 1019 switches industry tracks almost in the shadow of downtown.

Railroad: Georgia Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP7
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: GARR 1019
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 21, 1975


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 14, 2021

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Photo ID: 776389

After dropping a transfer at S&NA Yard (L&N & SCL), the crew heads engine-light back to the former GM&O West End Yard. The sun is setting old Alcos like 1108, but they have hung on in the EMD-hea... (more)

Railroad: Gulf, Mobile & Ohio
Locomotive: Alco RS-1
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: GMO 1108
Train ID: ICG transfer
Photo Date: July 01, 1973


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 10, 2021

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Photo ID: 776254

In 1973, you rarely had to wait long to see railroad action in Opelika. There were lots of local rail customers, Southern and Western Railway of Alabama interchanged daily, and a Southern branch ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP35
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 2710
Train ID: Sou 46
Photo Date: December 14, 1973


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 08, 2021

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Photo ID: 776251

In the 1970s L&N stopped outlining the yellow letters and numerals on their diesels in black, while also going to a paler shade of yellow. That resulted in the markings almost disappearing into t... (more)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: LN 1012
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1981


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By: David Harris

Added: Jul 08, 2021

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Photo ID: 775492

Southern 2544 leads five more GP30s, plus a GP35 and a GP38 on an eastbound train.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 2544
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 1975


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By: David Harris

Added: Jun 28, 2021

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Photo ID: 774977

Once upon a time, Opelika generated enough traffic that most freights would at least make a quick pick-up/set-out. That has just happened in the photo, and 135 is again underway for Birmingham, w... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 3144
Train ID: Sou 135
Photo Date: February 14, 1981


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By: David Harris

Added: Jun 21, 2021

Views: 3,807
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Photo ID: 774830

Southern inherited a line from Columbus, GA to Montgomery when they took over Central of Georgia, but the handwriting was on the wall. By the time of this photo, traffic was shrinking as Family L... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 5166
Train ID: Southern 72
Photo Date: November, 1975


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By: David Harris

Added: Jun 19, 2021

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Photo ID: 773485

Members of the two long-range locals (46 is working just around the curve west of the depot) mingle at the depot, and a few hit the Coke machine in the old waiting room. If I recall, the sodas (d... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 2737
Train ID: Sou 45
Photo Date: June, 1976


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By: David Harris

Added: Jun 03, 2021

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Photo ID: 772967

In 1974, the Southern/Western Railway of Alabama crossing in Opelika was still first come, first served. On this spring day long-range local 45 gets their man to the crossing first, so WofA local... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Sou 2582
Train ID: Sou 45
Photo Date: April 09, 1974


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By: David Harris

Added: May 28, 2021

Views: 4,342
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Photo ID: 771551

L&N 1030 and 1031 aren't much past their tenth birthdays, but they are already mostly relegated to service on secondary trains, like this long-distance local heading south from S&N Yard. On the r... (more)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: LN 1030
Train ID: L&N south local
Photo Date: February, 1974


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By: David Harris

Added: May 11, 2021

Views: 1,632
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