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Tallassee and Montgomery Railway

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The Tallassee and Montgomery Railway was a railroad which operated between a connection with the Western Railway of Alabama at Milstead and the Tallapoosa River textile mill town of Tallassee, Alabama in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The railroad was built by the owners of the Tallassee Falls Manufacturing Company to transport the company's products to markets. Construction began in 1895 and the line began operation on February 6, 1896. In 1912 the Tallassee and Montgomery was purchased by the Union Springs and Northern Railway to become part of the Birmingham and Southeastern Railway system.

The Tallassee and Montgomery Railway through truss bridge over the Tallapoosa River near Milstead still stands and is easily visible from State Route 229 just north of I-85 exit 26.

HISTORY by Gil Hoffman: The Union Springs & Northern Railway was incorporated in Alabama on March 8, 1901, and was controlled by Winton M. Blount. Authorized capital stock was $100,000. On April 26, 1911, the name was changed by charter amendment to Birmingham & Southeastern Railway. On June 24, 1912, the company purchased the property of the Tallassee & Montgomery Railway. The B&SE was controlled by Winton M. Blount and F. J. Lisman.

The Tallassee & Montgomery Railway was incorporated in Alabama on August 10, 1895, and was controlled through stock ownership by the Tallassee Falls Manufacturing Company.

The line extended from Union Springs, AL in a northerly direction to Eclectic, AL, 46.894 miles. It connected with the Central of Georgia at Union Springs, the Seaboard Air Line at Fort Davis, and the Western Railway of Alabama at Milstead. The line from Union Springs to Fort Davis, 7.50 miles, was built by the Union Springs & Northern Railway and opened for operation in November 1901. From Fort Davis to Milstead, AL, 20.00 miles, was completed and in operation about June 1912, and from Tallassee to Eclectic, 14.42 miles, completed and in operation on June 15, 1913. The entire 41.92 miles of road between Union Springs and Eclectic was built under contract by W. M. Blount. The section between Tallassee and Montgomery, 6.28 miles, acquired from the Tallassee & Montgomery Railway on June 24, 1912, was constructed between September 1895 and March 1896.

The railroad traversed gently rolling country. The line contained 95 timber trestles and one metal bridge over the Tallapoosa River, consisting of two 150-foot through-truss spans on three granite piers. Nearly 75 percent of the rail was new 60-lb. rail. The remained was 60 and 56-lb. relay rail.

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Comments (16)

Kicaj on February 25, 2013

Faktycznie bardzo starty most LIKE :)

Serdecznie pozdrawiam Kicaj :)

João Paulo Coutinho on February 25, 2013

Bela foto.LIKE

Excellent, and of course i Like it!!!!!

Greetings and best wishes dear friend from Greece-Piraeus.


Corey Coyle on February 25, 2013

If this Bridge were over a river this size in Wisconsin. It would be a plate girder bridge. That's why I like the Railroad Bridges in The South there almost all Truss Bridges.

Corey Coyle

wmr36104 on February 26, 2013

Thank you Kicaj. Greetings.

wmr36104 on February 26, 2013

Thank you João Paulo. Greetings.

wmr36104 on February 26, 2013

Thank you Nikos. Good to hear from you. Greetings.

wmr36104 on February 26, 2013

That is an excellent observation Corey.

Reiner Dörrenbach on February 26, 2013

Well presented; I like it!

Best wishes, Reiner

Michael Bilodeau on February 27, 2013

Cool looking bridge, looking at the condition of this bridge, I would feel safe to say that it hasn't been used in years? :)

wmr36104 on February 27, 2013

Thank you Reiner for your comments and votes. Greeetings to you and yours.

wmr36104 on February 27, 2013

Hi Michael. Thank you for your comments. You are correct. I would bet that bridge hasn't see any traffic for fifty or more years. Greetings.

CHO PIGU on March 7, 2013

Hello my friend wmr36104!

Very nice scenery!!


ちょぴぐ Greetings from Japan。

wmr36104 on March 15, 2013

Greetingsd ちょぴぐ. Thank you so much for the kind comments and votes. Greeting to you and yours as well.

Roberto Chamoso on March 24, 2013

Very nice shot, Like.
Thanks for visit my galery.
Best regards from Spain.

wmr36104 on March 25, 2013

Greetings Roberto. Thank you for your kind comments and votes.

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