The roots of the Mobile & Birmingham Railroad trace back to the Mobile & Alabama Grand Trunk Railroad Company, which built a railroad from Mobile to the Tombigbee River. The line was completed in September of 1873, but just one year later, the company was declared bankrupt and the line of railroad was abandoned. In 1887, the Mobile & Birmingham (which was originally chartered as the Mobile & West Alabama Railroad Company) received its charter and the road was reopened from Mobile to the Tombigbee.

The Mobile & Birmingham Railway experienced financial difficulties which led to its reorganization in 1895 as the Mobile & Birmingham Railroad. Finally, in 1899, all properties of the Mobile & Birmingham Railroad were leased to the Southern Railway Company, and has been operating as a part of the Southern Railway Company ever since.






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