Three Notch Railroad

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Three Notch Railroad
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Reporting mark TNHR
Locale Southern Alabama
Dates of operation 2001
Predecessor Alabama and Florida Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Length 36 miles (58 km)
Headquarters Andalusia, Alabama

The Three Notch Railroad( reporting mark TNHR) runs from a connection with CSX Transportation at Georgiana to Andalusia, Alabama, 36 miles (58 km). This short line railroad was created in 2001 and is currently a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming.

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In April 2011, the Three Notch was named as one of the three railroads to be purchased by RailAmerica from Gulf and Ohio Railways for $12.7 million. [1] [2] RailAmerica was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming in 2012.

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History

The route was built in 1901 as the Alabama and Florida Railroad consisting of 109 miles (175 km) from Georgiana, Alabama to Graceville, Florida. It was operated by the Louisville & Nashville between 1901–1982 and Seaboard System from 1983-1986. The section between Geneva, Alabama and Graceville was abandoned January 16, 1984. The remaining line between Georgiana and Geneva was purchased by Gulf & Ohio Railways on July 28, 1986 and renamed to the Alabama and Florida Railroad. The purchase included the 7.8 miles (12.6 km) Andalusia and Conecuh Railroad from Andalusia to Gantt, Alabama. [3]

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The railroad to include 86 miles (138 km) of trackage was purchased by Pioneer Railcorp on November 23, 1992. 36 miles (58 km) of trackage from Georgiana to Andalusia, Alabama was sold back to Gulf & Ohio and named Three Notch railroad on June 11, 2001. This sale included the lease on the Andalusia & Conecuh Railroad. [4] The Alabama and Florida Railway connected with Three Notch Railroad at Andalusia before abandonment of the remaining A&F in 2011.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Three Notch Railroad". 7 May 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  2. "RailAmerica to Acquire Gulf and Ohio's Three Alabama Short Lines". Progressive Railroading. 11 April 2011.
  3. Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide (5 ed.). Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 292. ISBN   0-89024-290-9.
  4. "STB Finance Docket No. 33981". 29 June 2001. Retrieved 9 September 2010.