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This was abandoned sometime in the 1980s or early 90s. Of course this was several years after the Illinois Central merger.
The line from Tuscaloosa to Maplesville was abandoned by the Illinois Central Gulf in the early 1980's. Southern Ry acquired the segment from Maplesville to Autauga Creek (just south of Prattville) and Seaboard (now CSX) acquired the segment from Autauga Creek to Montgomery. In 2011, the Maplesville to Autuaga Creek segment was acquired by the new Autauga Northern RR.
This was an old GM & O line to Montgomery. It is still in service just a couple of miles south of Tuscaloosa to serve local industry. The line is active south of Maplesville as NS purchased it to allow access to Montgomery customers. You can follow it pretty well from Google earth. I think it was pulled up in the mid 80's. The GMO ran a section of the Gulf Coast Rebel to Montgomery on this line. The GMO sign is still on the side of the rail bridge as you enter Prattville. The depot in Prattville still stands but boarded up. Hope this helps.
The line is owned by NS and leased by short-lines today. Alabama Southern and Autauga Northern railroad companies, subsidiaries of Watco. The rails are in-place and were not removed in 1980's. The last IC trains rumbled through Prattville in the early 80's and the line fell silent throughout the 1980's. The possibility for some group to run excursion train from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery's Amtrak Station since Union is no longer operational for on-boarding and off-boarding passengers.
Passenger service on this line ended in 1952. The line was very active with freight interchanged between the GM&O and the SAL at Montgomery. However, after the ACL-SAL merger in 1967, traffic patterns changed and the volume of freight on the line -- aside from the large paper mill near Prattville -- entered an irreversible decline.
Rails still extend a short distance south of Tuscaloosa to reach industrial shippers who are active as of June 2013. Alabama Southern operates this spur.
The bridge over the Cahaba River at Centreville was removed, although the depot was renovated and moved to a new location. Rail also still extends about one-third of a mile
north of Maplesville, but there appear to be no active freight shippers on that spur.
CSX holds title to the segment from the paper mill south into Montgomery, including the former GM&O West End Yard. Norfolk Southern holds title to the segment from Maplesville to the paper mill. Autauga Northern leased the NS portion and operates it; Autauga Northern also has trackage rights over the CSX portion.
Just across the norfolk southern kansas city southern diamond there are some local factories and there is two rails that split off from the main line that are not ocuppied
What is now the Alabama southern railroad there is road that is near a chicken factory called peco there's a road the tracks go through the road but are abandoned it
Along highway 139 near Prattville the old gm&o from Tuscaloosa crossed the highway. Right along the right of way there is still a old signal light and post but of course no tracks. If you follow the row on down you will see where the old gm&o used to meet up with another rail line near a warehouse.
Also if you go on Google maps you can follow it from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery Alabama you can still see the path very well in many places. The Illinois central gulf took the Tuscaloosa Montgomery line up in 1986.
Go to this website to see pictures ic/ICG/gm&o just type it in. It should be the first link. Click it and you will see pictures of Illinois central gulf and gulf mobile and Ohio units in Alabama. Keep looking until you see a Illinois central unit with a man sitting in the cab rolling slowly through eoline Alabama it is three pictures of the train and the old railroad. The next to pictures should be a caboose on the end of that train.
This is another abandment in tuscaloosa. This is the old Louisville Nashville line that used to come from Birmingham Alabama to Tuscaloosa but was abandoned in 1984. You might recall if you ever been to Tuscaloosa there is the old l&n depot in down town tuscaloosa. On the old gm&o now Alabama southern railroad just before you cross the old long wooden bridge over the warrior river the old l&n split off from the gm&o and headed up through downtown Tuscaloosa. It headed on up pass old Bryce hospital then toward the Alabama southerns industrial warrior branch. The old bridge is still across the Alabama southern railroad at the new connection.
Do any of you know who originally built the railroad that runs through Prattville Alabama?
The Tuscaloosa-Prattville-Montgomery line opened in 1898 as part of the Mobile & Ohio RR. It later merged into the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (GM&O) which in turn merged into the Illinois Central Gulf (ICG).
There was also the Montgomery & Prattville RR, opened in 1895. It passed through what's now Millbrook and connected with the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) at Prattville Junction, which is roughly where CSX crosses the Alabama River Parkway today. The L&N purchased the M&P in 1896. This line into Prattville was abandoned in the 1930s. Hardly a trace of it remains today.
Thanks for the information!