Alabama Railroads is the first comprehensive, illustrated history of the railroad in Alabama. Cline traces the development of all the major lines as well as the most prominent short lines, from the day in 1832 when the first horse-drawn cars rolled over primitive tracks at Tuscumbia, until the night in 1971 at Sylacauga when the final operating order was issued for one of the 20th century's most famous streamliners. Along the way we meet the varied cast of colorful characters who pioneered the railway system that serves the state today. With more than 100 rare and vintage illustrations from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Alabama Railroads places Alabama's rail heritage in a national context and allows students of southern history as well as railroad enthusiasts to view this Deep South state from an entirely fresh perspective.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 1420 g
Dimensions: 210 x 278 x 28 mm
"Thanks should be given to Cline by all railroad historians for this book. The reader will discover that Alabama has an important place in the development of America's railroad system."
--John W. Corns, President, Birmingham Railroad Heritage
"Cline's profusely illustrated Alabama Railroads fills an important gap in southern railway history. His survey of Alabama's railroad development will long serve as the standard work on the subject. It is an engaging read, full of southern entrepreneurs in pursuit of profits, their successes and failures in building major railways in the state and many minor ones as well, and an engaging tale of the birth of Birmingham's iron and steel industry."--James A. Ward, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga