“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Shelby in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Calera & Shelby Railroad

The Former "Alabama Mineral Railroad", A Division of the L&N Railroad.

Calera & Shelby Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Vincent, October 11, 2014
1. Calera & Shelby Railroad Marker
Inscription.  Constructed around 1890 to transport large deposits of minerals in the region. Iron ore, marble, limestone, and coal, the L&N Railroad also ran passenger trains daily. The L&N depot was built in 1909 directly behind where you are standing. It was torn down in about 1953. The last passenger train ran about 1951. Fare to Sylacauga cost 25 cents. In 1968 Alabama Power raised the water level in Lay Lake. The tracks were 6" under water so the river crossing was abandoned. Freight was still shipped from Shelby, mainly pulpwood, until the late 1970's. In the mid-1980's the tracks were removed and the right of way was purchased by the Heart of Dixie Railroad Club. Plans are to replace the rails and run a 10 mile excursion train from Calera to Shelby.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 33° 6.667′ N, 86° 35.683′ W. Marker is in Shelby, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from School Road south of County Route 308, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shelby AL 35143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
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other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Steam Engine (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Machine Shop Smoke Stack (about 500 feet away); Shelby County Courthouse (approx. 4.6 miles away); Columbiana, Alabama (approx. 4.6 miles away); Shelby Furnaces (approx. 4.6 miles away); Shelby County War Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); To The Memory of General Jackson (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby.
Also see . . .  Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry. (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2014, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 105 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 6, 2014, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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