East Aberdeen to Aberdeen

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(Forwarded from the Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham Railroad)

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The StL&SF passenger depot that once served East Aberdeen; in later years, it served as a work house for crews of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during construction of the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway. Today, it sits vacant, succumbing to nature.The grand BNSF through-truss bridge over the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway still stands, abandoned. Photo by Matthew Nichols, March 2011.

This short abandoned route was first built by the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad in the late 1880s as a spur off of their Memphis-Columbus mainline being built through East Aberdeen. The spur crossed the Tombigbee River and into Aberdeen proper.

In the 1980s, as the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway was under construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the line was under the control of the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway, who had to relocate the spur where it crossed the Tombigbee River in order to facilitate the new waterway's construction.

Today, the 2nd routing of this spur has been abandoned by BNSF.

The St. Louis - San Francisco (Frisco) was acquired by the Burlington Northern in 1980. Perhaps the new line was built in the 1970s, or was it started by the Frisco and finished by the BN? God bless.

Cbalducc
Cleveland, MS
5/8/2012

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