The two major railroads serving over 1370 route miles in Alabama today are CSX and the Norfolk Southern.
Alabama's first railroad was the Tuscumbia Railroad, chartered in 1832. The first steam engine arrived from Liverpool in 1834.
Amtrak service includes the daily Cresent, running between New York and New Orleans.
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The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum has one hour themed train rides, including a Day out with Thomas, and a magical train ride to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express. Museum includes four steam and nine diesel locomotives, along with several passenger and freight cars. Directions.
The Foley Railway Museum sits on the site where the first depot was built in 1905 when the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Line came to Foley. After burning to the ground in 1908, it was rebuilt and has served as the center of activity for the community for many years. The railroad was once known as the Bay Minette and Fort Morgan Railroad. At that time, logging was an important industry in this area and the railroad was built to help move the timber out of the area. Directions.
The Fort Payne Depot Museum is a circa 1800 former train depot that is now home to preserved railroad artifacts as well as historical documents, items, and more from surrounding areas, across the United States, and even from other countries. Directions.
The North Alabama Railroad Museum runs a ten mile seasonal train ride from April through December. A Fall Color Special and several Santa Trains run during the holidays. The scenic train rides travel over a section of the historic Huntsville Branch of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway.Directions.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Huntsville Depot Museum was built in 1860 by the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. The depot remained active as a passenger station until 1968. Directions.
The Wales West Light Railway is a unique concept centering around a modern R.V. resort, fully equipped with all the latest facilities to earn an overall 10 rating from Trailer Life. It is a true train lovers RV resort. In an effort to share their love for trains with everyone, the owners are in the process of creating a 13 acre train and garden family park that surrounds the resort. Directions.