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First published in 2007 as a limited edition and since out of print, the award-winning "Birmingham Rails, The Last Golden Era" has now been reissued in digital format with bookmarked content and searchable text.  Separate chapters (see title pages below) cover the history and operations of every Class I, industrial, and short line railroad of Birmingham, Alabama's historic railroad district.  

Featured are over 400 fully-captioned  color and black & white photos by noted photographers Frank Ardrey, Parker Lamb, David Salter, Dick Sharpless, Hugh Comer, Jim Thorington and many others from the authors’ collections.  Entertaining and informative commentary by veteran railroaders tell what is was like to railroad in Birmingham during the post-World War II era.  A retrospective “Then and Now” section contrasts the dramatic changes to the Birmingham railroad scene over three decades.  Rounding out the content, a series of detailed maps provide a perspective of featured locations throughout the District. 


In the decades following World War II, few American cities better typified the “all-American” railroad town than Birmingham, Alabama. As the leading industrial and manufacturing center of the New South, the so-called “Magic City” was host to a  tremendous variety of railroads, including eight major rail lines and numerous industrial and switching roads.  Almost every make and model of steam and diesel motive power could be found operating in and around Birmingham.  

And the trains!  Gorgeous passenger trains with exotic names like Illinois Central’s “City of Miami,”, L&N’s “Pan American,” Seaboard’s “Silver Comet,” Frisco’s "Sunnyland," Central of Georgia’s “Seminole,” and Southern’s “Kansas City—Florida Special” called on Birmingham’s busy Terminal and L&N stations.

For two young rail fans, there wasn't a better place to be than Birmingham in the 1950s and '60s. Marvin Clemons and Lyle Key grew up taking pictures of trains and getting to know the railroaders who made up their railroad universe.  "Birmingham Rails" represents their personal reflections of those wonderful years, a time they refer to as “the last Golden Era” of Birmingham's railroads, and is a fitting tribute to one of the South's great railroad centers.

"Birmingham Rails Digital Edition" is sure to provide many hours of reading and viewing pleasure to both owners of the hardback edition, as well as those seeing the book the first time. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:  The digital edition is supplied on a copy-protected USB flash drive formatted for use on any computer or device running Windows 7 and above.  The flash drive comes with a one-year replacement warranty.  ​PLEASE NOTE:  This is a digital version of the original hardcover book.  You must have a computer to view the book!

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