Engine No. 1620 Glass Plate Negatives

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I have 4x5 glass plate negatives with a note stating they are of Engine No. 1620 known as Old Maud. The note states it was the first one to roll over the then Atlanta Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad which later became the Atlanta Birmingham and Coast Railroad. Which is now the Atlantic Coast Line. I can't find any listings for any of this information on any of the above. Does anyone know anything? Would the plates be of interest to anyone? Thanks for your help.

-- Syndi Phillips (syndi@mindspring.com), June 10, 1999


The Atlanta Birmingham & Atlantic was formed in 1905 to build extensions of the Atlantic & Birmingham RR from south Georgia to Atlanta and Birmingham. The AB&A shortly absorbed the A&B, which ran from Brunswick and Waycross, Ga., northwest to Cordele and Montezuma. The AB&A reached Atlanta and Birmingham in 1908 but went bankrupt Jan. 1, 1909. It had a checkered history from that point on until the Atlantic Coast Line took financial control on Jan. 1, 1927. ACL kept the line as an independent subsidiary and renamed it the Atlanta Birmingham & Coast. ACL fully merged the AB&C on Jan. 1, 1946, as its Western Division.

The First Quarter 1996 Lines South has an article about the AB&A/AB&C. I am completing a book on the line, which I hope will be out next year.

These negatives are of great interest to us and we would like to hear from you with additional details. Thanks very much for contacting us.

Larry Goolsby

-- Larry Goolsby (LGoolsby@aphsa.org), June 13, 1999.

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