Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis H&TS #76 Summer 2016 Alton & Southern
Terminal Railroad Association Of St. Louis
Historical And Technical Society, Inc.
Summer 2016 Issue 76
Celebrating 127 Years Of The Terminal Railroad
Softbound 145 Pages
Alton Ahd Southern Operations In St. Louis
Origins Of Gateway Yard - Before The Hump
St. Louis & Ohio River Railroad
Caseyville Railway Company
Commuter Trains To Crevve Coeur Lake
The Editor's Page
The idea of a manufacturing plant owning its own railroad operation is not that unusual. St. Louis based Scullin Steel Company had a railroad as did the Illinois-based Granite City Steel. Manufacturers Railway probably made the most noise when it came to interchange as the service from the Iron Mountain, according to the existing records, was so poor that Adolphus Busch figured anyone could do a better job and created the Manufacturers.
One of the largest groups of company owned rail lines was that of U. S. Steel. Some of the companies included the Northampton and Bath, Union Railroad, Texas and Northern and the Fairfield Southern. All were built to serve specific aspects of the steel manufacturing and process business. Most are still servicing their customers - moving coke, steel slabs, coils, tubular products and other steel products.
St. Louis based Peabody Coal Company, now known as Peabody Energy, owned a modest collection of shortline railroads, most of which had the Peabody name somewhere in the moniker.
When the Aluminum Company of America begin building a refinery and smelter in the East St. Louis area, service did not measure up to what was promised from the Southern Railway. Alcoa's alternative was to construct their own rail line - known as the Alton and Southern. Soon the new railroad was a complete rail operation. A yard was expanded, there were interchange agreements in place, tariffs were filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission, hearings before the Illinois Commerce Commission on assorted issues and a growing fleet of locomotives. A modest fleet of 50-ton hoppers were ordered from Mt. Vernon Car Company.
As the aluminum company continued to grow, soon there were other company owned railroads - in New York, Arkansas and Texas. Each had their own identity but the Alton and Southern was the largest among the company owned lines. The A&S also provided an alternative to the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.
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