BIRMINGHAM'S PASSENGER TRAINS

OF THE PAST

Intercity passenger trains serving Birmingham in 1942, 1956, and 1971 immediately prior to the creation of Amtrak.


THE STATIONS

The major stations serving Birmingham, during the golden age of passenger trains.

Terminal Station
26th St. and 5th Ave.
Opened 1909, replaced 1969

Number of station tracks: 10
Interlocked switches controlled from Second Avenue Tower

Louisville & Nashville Station
1819 Morris Ave.
Opened 1886

Number of station tracks: 10 through
Non interlocked crossing (SR) and flagman north of station at 27th St.
Interlocked switches south of station at 13th St.

Birmingham Terminal Station was demolished in 1969, replaced with a new modest station at 2617 7th Ave. N, for the remaining trains.

The Louisville & Nashville Station previously was Union Station, and was used by all railroads until 1909, when most railroads moved to the new Terminal Station.


CENTRAL OF GEORGIA

(Terminal Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  2                        Macon           8:00
 10  Seminole              Albany GA       4:35        9:00 am
 52  City of Miami         Miami          10:07       10:40   14  11:25 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 53  City of Miami         Miami           7:18        4:55   13   3:10 am
  9  Seminole              Albany GA      11:30        6:10 pm
  1                        Macon           8:05


Passenger service discontinued in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak, last train was the City of Miami.


ILLINOIS CENTRAL

(Terminal Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 52  City of Miami         Chicago         7:28 am     5:15 am     3:40 am
 10  Seminole              Chicago        11:55 am     6:45 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  9  Seminole              Chicago         4:20 pm     8:35 am
 53  City of Miami         Chicago         9:57 pm    10:15 pm    11:05 pm


Passenger service discontinued in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak, last train was the City of Miami.


ST. LOUIS SAN FRANCISCO

(Terminal Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

106  KC Florida Special    Kansas City    12:15       12:05
108  Sunnyland             Springfield    10:25        9:45


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

107  Sunnyland             Springfield     7:15        7:00
105  KC Florida Special    Kansas City     1:30        4:25


Passenger service discontinued in 1967.


SEABOARD AIR LINE

(Terminal Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  6  Robert E. Lee         Washington      8:00        7:40
 10  Cotton States Spec.   Washington      1:50   34   1:40


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  9  Cotton States Spec.   Washington     11:20   33  10:35
  5  Robert E. Lee         Washington      8:35        8:25


Passenger service discontinued in 1969, last train was the Silver Comet.

Trains 33-34, the Silver Comet, replaced the Cotton States Special in 1947.


SOUTHERN RAILWAY

(Terminal Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 43  Queen And Crescent    New Orleans     7:20       11:15
 40  Sunnyland             Washington      7:30   30   7:25
 42  Pelican               Washington      7:30        7:30
 19  Goldenrod             Mobile         11:00        9:40
 47  Southerner            New Orleans     1:00        1:15    1   1:00 pm
  8  KC Florida Special    Jacksonville    2:15        4:40
 48  Southerner            New York        3:20        3:20    2   1:55 pm
 18  Birmingham Special    Washington      3:30        4:15
 11                        Columbus MS     4:00
 44  Queen And Crescent    Cincinnati      7:15
 41  Pelican               New Orleans     9:30        8:25
 12                        Atlanta        11:30       10:30


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 11                        Atlanta         5:30        5:50
 42  Pelican               New Orleans     7:00        7:05
 43  Queen And Crescent    Cincinnati      7:00
 16                        Columbus MS    10:30
  7  KC Florida Special    Jacksonville   11:55       11:15
 17  Birmingham Special    Washington     12:10        9:30
 47  Southerner            New York       12:55        1:05    1  12:45 pm
 20  Goldenrod             Mobile          2:50        2:35
 48  Southerner            New Orleans     3:15        3:05    2   1:40 pm
 44  Queen And Crescent    New Orleans     7:00        1:50
 41  Pelican               Washington      8:45        7:55
 39  Sunnyland             Washington      8:50   29   8:00


Southern Railway initially did not join Amtrak, and was required to continue operation of its remaining trains beyond 1971.


LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE

(Louisville & Nashville Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  5  Humming Bird          New Orleans                 6:05
 98  Pan American          Cincinnati      7:35        8:15    8   4:35 am
  1  Azalean               New Orleans     7:55        7:45
 16  South Wind            Chicago         8:12        5:27
 46                        Calera          8:25
  2                        Cincinnati     12:10       11:10
  3                        Pensacola       3:00        4:10
  6  Humming Bird          Cincinnati                  7:30
 99  Pan American          New Orleans     8:40        8:20    9  11:30 pm
  4  Azalean               Cincinnati      9:15        8:55
 15  South Wind            Miami           9:18       10:17
  8                        Cincinnati     11:30


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

  5  Humming Bird          Cincinnati                  5:55
  7                        Cincinnati      6:00
 98  Pan American          New Orleans     7:15        7:55    8   4:15 am
  1  Azalean               Cincinnati      7:35        7:20
 16  South Wind            Miami           8:05        5:20
  2                        Pensacola      11:50       10:50
  3                        Cincinnati      2:40        3:50
 47                        Calera          5:05
  6  Humming Bird          New Orleans                 7:20
 99  Pan American          Cincinnati      8:15        7:55    9  11:15 pm
  4  Azalean               New Orleans     8:50        8:30
 15  South Wind            Chicago         9:11       10:10


Passenger service initially retained by Amtrak in 1971, with the South Wind, which in its final years of independent operation had been combined with the Pan American.


ATLANTIC COAST LINE

(Eleventh Street Station)

Departures



No.  Name                  1942 Dest.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 23                        Manchester      3:15 pm


Arrivals



No.  Name                  1942 Orig.  1942 Time  1956 Time  1971 Time

 22                        Manchester     11:49 am


Passenger service discontinued in 1954.

Previously used Louisville & Nashville Station until a grade separation project in the early 1930's.


STATIONS TODAY

Birmingham Terminal Station was demolished in 1969, and its replacement station was eventually also demolished.

The Louisville & Nashville Station previously was Union Station. The older station was replaced with a modern facility in 1960. The Louisville & Nashville and the Southern Railway lines actually paralleled each other at that location. And after Amtrak assumed responsibility of Southern Railway's passenger trains in 1979, it was convenient for those trains to be consolidated into the Louisville & Nashville station.

In 2018, the station was rebuilt at the same location as part of a new Intermodal Terminal, also serving Greyhound and local transit buses.

Birmingham Rails
Birmingham Terminal Station-Wikipedia

Links to Web pages containing further information on the historic stations.


MAPPING THE STATIONS AND RAILROADS

Links to locations of past and present stations and railroads, using Google Maps. Satellite views are also available.