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Sumter & Choctaw Railroad

Reincarnation of a Southland short line engine added much to the total of the afficionado's happiness when Middletown & New Jersey, a tourist line, rehabilitated Sumter & Choctaw's 2-6-2 #103 which thereby was spared from accumulating more rust and vines at its storage track at the Bellamy, Alabama, yards of American Can Company. Jersey rejuvenators thoughtfully included floppy white extra flags, once in vogue for unscheduled runs.

John Krause, Rails Through Dixie, 1965

Alabama shortline

A small lumber mill road serving two namesake counties in western Alabama, the Sumter & Choctaw Railroad was owned by Allison Lumber Company, the lumber mill operation at Bellamy -- on U.S. 80 west of Demopolis. At one time, the little pike was no longer than the four mile long connection track out to the Southern Railway. The mill operated two Baldwin steamers as late as the early 1960s. Remarkably, both locomotives exist today in storge in two different railroad museums in the north. The SC also operated a small motorcar when passenger service was provided.

See also our complete Sumter & Choctaw shortline collection

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