In General
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Location / Name:
Stevenson AL, Jackson county

What's Here:
High traffic on both CSX and BNSF
Stevenson RR Depot Museum
RR Viewing Platform
TWA Flight 800 Memorial

Data:
GPS Coordinates: 34.867654, -85.839718 (at the depot)
Phone A/C: 256
ZIP: 35772

Access by train/transit:
None

The Scoop:

Stevenson Alabama is about 32 miles southwest of Chattanooga as the crow flies, in the northeastern part of Alabama, not too far from the border with Tennessee (about 10 miles).  It is on the mainlines for both CSX and NS.  As of August 2018, it is Trains latest hotspot, but it would seem that Trains Magazine is starting to have a tough time coming up with true hotspots (not to take anything away from Stevenson :-).

Between BNSF and CSX, there are approximately 60 trains a day.

There is a defect detector at MP116.7, in between the two sets of signals on the single track.

About 5.6 miles north, is a wye for the power and steam generating plant, and the north leg of the wye empties into a CSX yard  at Widows Creek Station.   The yard is about 4300 feet long, and has 12 tracks in it, not including the two mainline thru tracks.  There is apparently no public access to the yard.

Up in Bridgeport, about 9 1/2 miles NE, we have another museum: the Bridgeport Depot Museum, another small seven (7) track yard, and a single track bridge heading out over the Tennessee River.





Acknowledgements:
Ron Kohlin, for letting me use his pictures as noted below
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
http://gregariousrailfan.com/Stevenson_AL.html
http://kohlin.com/Chatt0606/page3.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevenson_Railroad_Depot_and_Hotel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCNUnrV51cw
https://www.openrailwaymap.org/
http://www.stevensonfire.com/


Getting Here

Stevenson is located in the northeast corner of Alabama, not really that near much of anything except for I-24, about 10 miles to the north via US72.  72 comes off of I-24 in Tennessee at exit 152.  Exit 152 has plenty of services if you are hungry or need gas.

Stevenson is VERY convenient if you happen to be traveling from Chattanooga TN to Huntsville AL, as it is on the way (via US72)!  I Passed by here oodles of times in the 1984 to 1990 timeframe, and wasn't aware of the stations existence!  All I can say is darn.





Services at I-24 exit 152, there is also some stuff along 72 adjacent to Stevenson, and one restaurant, Friday's (not TGIF), in town:



I had to include the following map, only because it is such an odd shape for a town to take, I guess they want the taxes from the businesses located along 72.





Map


Note: if you look at the above map on Bing, you will notice that I added the double track going off to the right.... :-)


Sights


  the Stevenson Depot, AKA, The Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum

GPS Coordinates: 34.867654, -85.839718
207 W. Main St., Stevenson AL 35772
256-437-3012
http://www.cityofstevensonalabama.com/Depot-Museum.html

From Wikipedia: The Stevenson Railroad Depot and Hotel are a historic train station and hotel in Stevenson, Alabama.  They were built circa 1872 as a joint project of the Memphis and Charleston RR and the Nashville and Chattanooga RR, whose lines converged in Stevenson.  When the Memphis & Charleston was purchased by the Southern Railway in 1898, the Louisville and Nashville RR (who had taken over the N&C in 1880) took sole control of the depot and operated it until 1976.  It was converted into a history museum in 1982.  Both buildings are brick with gable roofs and Italianate details.  The depot has a central, second-story tower that was added in 1887.  The three-story hotel had a lobby, dining room, and kitchen on the first floor and eight large guest rooms on the upper floors.  The buildings were listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1975 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.  The building is now operated as the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum and features area railroad and Civil War artifacts.



  6/29/2006, Both photos by Ron Kohlin

















  the Viewing Platform

Located on Main Street, and across from the depot, it provides a sheltered place to watch the activity from.







  the TWA Flight 800 Memorial

Residents gathered on July 18, 2013 in downtown Stevenson, a Jackson County town of 2,000 souls, to honor five of their neighbors who died 22 (in 2018) years ago when TWA Flight 800 fell from the sky into the Atlantic Ocean.  On the anniversary of the crash off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, the city dedicated a memorial built to commemorate the lives of two young Boy Scouts, Tom Weatherby III and Joe Scott, as well as Tom's mother Brenda Privette and Joe's parents, Michael and Barbara Scott.  The families were on their way to Paris, France, a trip they'd dreamed about, and were flying from JFK Airport in NYC.  The plane went down shortly after take-off, killing all 230 passengers on board.

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/07/stevenson_dedicates_memorial_t.html







Signals


  NB Signals at Kentucky Ave

Notice on the line going off to the left, at least in 2014, that it still uses vintage signals, also notice the top signal is a searchlight!
In looking at the side photo, we can plainly see it is a GRS searchlight.







  from above video

  from video



  SB signals along Main Street

Trains coming south from Chattanooga and Bridgeport have a dual track mainline until they get to the split in Stevenson.  Prior to the split, the two tracks go down to one, and then do the split.  This set of signals is where the tracks go from two down to one, with signals also indicating which way they will go at the split.  I would think that maybe, with the signal replacement program going on, especially with CSX, that these may have been replaced by now....







Pictures



  from video

  from video





Fire and Police



The headquarters for the Stevenson Police and Fire department is at the Stevenson City Hall building at 104 Kentucky Ave, corner of M.F. Matthews.
http://www.stevensonfire.com/











More pictures of their equipment is located at: http://www.stevensonfire.com/Apparatus.aspx





Floobydust


CSX's Widow Creek Station Yard





Historical USGS Maps


Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.





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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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