Alabama has a rich railroading history beginning in 1830 when the General Assembly of Alabama chartered the the first railroad in the state, the Tuscumbia Railroad. The Tuscumbia Railroad connected the town of Tuscumbia, AL to what is now Sheffield on the Tennessee River. Since 1830, railroads became a major form of transportation for people as well as goods. Many towns came to be because of the railroad and railroads enabled young Alabama (the 22nd state to join the Union on December 14, 1819) on to develop a thriving economy.
Although many railroads and routes no longer exist, Alabama still has a strong railroading presence through various shortlines as well as Class I railroads. We encourage you to learn more of our railroading past as well as our railroading future!