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Auburn in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Crescent

 
 
The <i>Crescent</i> Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 4, 2016
1. The Crescent Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front
The Crescent was an exclusive train of Southern Railway (SR) and Alabama affiliates, Western Railway of Alabama (WRA), Atlanta & West Point Railway (AWPR), and Louisville & Nashville Railway (LNR). Excepting SR, these lines provided passenger service to Auburn and its college. In 1925, these trains, collectively named the Crescent Limited, ran between Washington, DC, and New Orleans. SR covered Washington to Atlanta, AWPR and WRA served Atlanta to Montgomery and LNR ran from Montgomery to New Orleans. These locomotives hauled 12 to 15 passenger cars, about 700-1000 tons, at 80 mph, with averages of 50 to 60 mph. Engines used 14,000 gallons of water during the 150 miles between stops while 16 tons of coal fueled the distance.

Reverse
The Atlanta & West Point Railway engine, No. 290, a 4-6-2 heavy Pacific engine that traveled from Atlanta to Montgomery, is housed in the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, GA. Its Southern Railway sister engine, No 1401, is in the Smithsonian.
The <i>Crescent</i> Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 30, 2016
2. The Crescent Marker (reverse)
In 1938 the train was renamed the Crescent and remained so for 40 years. By 1941, steam engines were no longer the power for the flagship train, being replaced by diesel engines. The last AWP/WRA trains stopped in Auburn in January, 1970. By then all of the luxurious features of the Crescent had been discontinued for lack of patrons, with the rail line only using day coaches.
 
Erected 2016 by the Auburn Heritage Association.
 
Location. 32° 36.619′ N, 85° 28.802′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Mitcham Avenue and North Gay Street, on the right when traveling east on Mitcham Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Mitcham Avenue, Auburn AL 36830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Auburn Guards Reviewed by Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away);
The Auburn Train Depot (1904) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 30, 2016
3. The Auburn Train Depot (1904)
Auburn 1865~Present / The "Loveliest Village" (approx. mile away); Toomers Corner And The Bank Of Auburn (approx. mile away); Auburn United Methodist Church Founder's Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Wilton Burton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Auburn - Alabama (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Lathe (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Auburn.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Auburn Plainsman news about the dedication of the marker. (Submitted on September 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. The Southern Crescent - A History of Great Service. (Submitted on September 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Southeastern Railway Museum page on Atlanta and West Point Engine 290. (Submitted on September 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Track side of the Auburn depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 30, 2016
4. Track side of the Auburn depot.
View of marker looking east on Mitcham Avenue towards Gay Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 30, 2016
5. View of marker looking east on Mitcham Avenue towards Gay Street.
View of marker looking towards Gay Street along the rail road tracks. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 30, 2016
6. View of marker looking towards Gay Street along the rail road tracks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on September 30, 2016.
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