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Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad Photograph Collection

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Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad photographs, June 19, 1908 (VIS 123)

The Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railway was formed in 1905 to purchase the Atlantic and Birmingham Railway and extend its track into Birmingham. The AB&A Railway consolidated with the A&B Railway in April of 1906 to form the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad. The company was reorganized under the name Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast Railroad in 1926. The photographs in this collection were taken on June 19, 1908, the occasion of the running of the “Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Special,” the first regular passenger train of the Atlanta Division of the Atlanta, Birmingham, and Atlantic Railroad.  The photographs were taken by Abananza Studios of Atlanta, Georgia, and include images of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Special as it passed through Georgia cities and towns, including Cordele, Woodbury, Montezuma, Tifton, and Atlanta.

The Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad photograph collection contains 20 black and white photographic prints, all of which are digitized and available on this database.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.