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Short Line Railroading In Alabama

This EARY (Eastern Alabama Railway) train, seen in Sylacauga, AL, is seen switching on the West end of town behind Wendy's. This is on the old southern-most leg of the L&N Mineral Belt Line that went from Gadsden, AL down through Annistion, Talladega, Sylacauga and then swung West over to Calera where it met up with the S&NA Line. Now, this line only runs between Gantts Jct. just West of downtown Sylacauga up to Bemiston just outside (South) of Talladega. Interchange partners are NS in Sylacauga and CSX in Talladega.
Actually Chris, these two motors, the 3890 and 3891, are originally Southern Rwy. engines. The 3890 was built as SOU 2811 in March 1970. It transended over to NS and then RailAmerica purchased and numbered it the 739. Then Carolina Piedmont Railroad took it and numbered it the 3890. The 3891 has basically the same history. RailAmerica took it from NS and numbered it the 738. Carolina Piedmont renumbered it the 3891.
 

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