Greetings from Birmingham

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Birmingham Rails, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. Hi all

    I am a new member (John Stewart) from Birmingham, AL - actually the City of Hoover, AL where I have lived since moving to the area from Nashville, TN in 1992.

    When I moved to Birmingham, I fell in love with the city's railroad and industrial history. I wanted to build a new model RR (HO Scale) to reflect the iron industry, but I needed to learn about the history of my new home. To this end, I started researching which led to the creation of a website, which focuses on the city's rail and industrial history -- particularly maps and graphics.

    The current model railroad layout is the Birmingham District Model RR an operations focused layout that is set in the steam era and has a steel mill theme. I am active in the NMRA Steel City Division (Nat'l Model RR Assoc) as well as the Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) Mid South Chapter.

    I enjoy research and writing articles for our newsletters, and doing rail and industrial history presentations for anyone that will sit still and stay awake.

    I am currently working (getting started) on an article about the Birmingham Belt RR, which you likely know was owned by the Frisco after about 1902 - although it started earlier than that.

    A few years ago, I was involved in moving he Frisco 4018 from Birmingham's Fair Grounds to Sloss Furnace to save it from being scrapped. This group was helpful in providing some good info on that locomotive which I appreciate.

    So that is a bit about me and my reasons/interest in this group and the Frisco.


    John Stewart
    Birmingham Rails
  2. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Welcome aboard John! We are glad to have you.

  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Welcome John. We all look forward to sharing Frisco information with you.

    I recall our family drives in the late 1950's and early 1960's from St Louis to Florida. We went through Birmingham and I recall some great railroad scenes there.

  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    Welcome to the most friendly if not most knowledgeable group on the "net" about all things Frisco whichever era you choose.
  5. kenmc

    kenmc KenMc Supporter


    Having corresponded with you a number of times, I am pleased to see that you have "joined" this group. It's a great one.

    I am also now modeling the BB as well as the Frisco, BS and other Birmingham railroads. You can see a number of photos of our new layout in process under the HO model railroading sections called "Camellia Park", "Quinton" and "Birmingham Belt."

    I look forward to talking with you in the future.

    Ken McElreath
  6. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    I'm from Sulligent, AL, a small town about 90 mi. NW of B'ham on the old Frisco. I've been to several times. I believe I was directed there at the suggestion of other members. You have a lot of good information there. Thanks for your work on that project. - Brandon
  7. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Welcome Aboard, John. I was going to recommend Ken McElreath as someone who shares a common interest with you in the Birmingham iron industry and railroads. I met Ken due the fact that we shared a hometown. I hope you enjoy searching the site and making new friends.
  8. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Glad to have you all aboard, John - and thanks for your efforts to preserve 4018!

    Best Regards,
  9. Hi John,
    I spent a lot of time visiting relatives in B'ham including train watching on both corners ofd the Sloss Furnace property when I once had a job as a teen just steps away at Birmingham Credit Union (their old building on 32nd street south). I can picture all the things you mentioned. My relatives lived in Remlap (NE of B'ham on Hwy 75) and just like in KY where I grew up, there where lots of old branchline tracks to explore. I loved it!
    DW Newman

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