Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad


In 1897, the Mobile & Ohio Railroad chose to route through Pickens County, Alabama by way of Reform, Alabama - rather than the county seat of Carrollton - since the Reform route would be faster. Having failed in their appeal to the M&O, leading citizens of Carrollton set up a corporation to connect their city with the railroad; this was chartered by the State of Alabama as the Carrollton Short Line Railway in June 1897. John Taylor Cochrane, who had constructed the Tuscaloosa Belt Line, began building this new railroad.


atn_state The Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad was a short line railroad operating within the state of Alabama. It was founded in 1897 as the Carrollton Short Line Railway in order to link the city of Carrollton with a Mobile & Ohio connection at Reform. Through various mergers and expansions, the railroad eventually reached the port of Mobile. In 1948, the railroad was purchased by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, who operated the ATN as a separate entity until 1971, when it was absorbed into the Frisco system.

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