Blakely Island Slip

Discussion in 'A.T.&N. R.R.' started by mike, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    That's a neat scan.

  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

  3. Hopefully this isn't a dumb question. Did the Frisco own the carfloats and did they operate their own tugs?
  4. mark

    mark Member


    The Frisco owned 2 car floats. They were named for the islands in Mobile Bay they served, Blakely and Pinto.

    The railroad did not own any tugboats. Tugboat operations were subcontracted to others.

    Hope this helps.


  5. Brad Slone

    Brad Slone Member Supporter

    Re: Blakely Island Slip - ATN, Mobile Sub

    There is a interesting article on the Blakely Island operation in the February 1994 issue of Railfan and Railroading, if you can locate a back issue.

    Brad Slone
  6. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

  7. trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017)

    trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017) Passed away September 22, 2017

    Is this the sight of the old AT&N Yard & Depot in Mobile?

    - Brandon
  8. pbender

    pbender Member Supporter

    I just want to make sure I understand operations on the island before undertaking a layout planning excersize.

    The schematic ( page 3 of ). Could be interpreted as there was a connection at one end of the island to the mobile yard.

    I was always under the impression that the island was isolated trackage served only by the barges. Is that the case, or was there a bridge to the island at one point time?

    What I'm contemplating is a roughly 15' O-scale switching layout based on the island. This would live under my n-scale layout, and it's really just an excuse to build something I can run my modest collection of 2-rail O-scale equipment on. The layout is much more interesting if it's only seved by the barge.

    I went to visit the island on a trip to see my in laws a few years ago... All that is left is a few ties....

  9. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Paul, I'll defer to others...but I'd think that a bridge/other connection to the island would have made the car ferry rather redundant and unnecessary, not to mention a profoundly less interesting "layout design element."

    I have always liked the idea of the Blakely Island car float as a small layout. I'll look forward to seeing how your version pans out.

    Best Regards,
  10. nickmolo

    nickmolo Member

    No. This is the ex-GM&O head house and depot. The AT&N is a little further north.

  11. nickmolo

    nickmolo Member


    These are not loads (most likely), this is a specific gon with weights in it to balance the car float. Notice how they have bolted end plates, most probably filled with sand or concrete.

    Nick Molo

  12. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Thanks for the insight, Nick. As long as one would be modeling a car float, this seems to make it an even more appealing modeling piece! Makes perfect sense.

    Best Regards,

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