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The A-Line


Another favorite haunt of mine is the former Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) mainline from Richmond, VA to Tampa, FL, known in modern times as the CSX A-Line.  The majority of the 890 mile route still maintains a respectable amount of it's ACL heritage, especially the vintage searchlight signals.  A journey down the A-Line will take you through locales such as Richmond, Rocky Mount, Florence, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa.  I have been fortunate to have covered nearly every mile with exception of the segment from Plant City to Tampa, a length of approximately 25 miles.  The following is a sample of my vast collection of photographs..


Additional photo galleries:


North End Subdivision (Richmond, VA to Rocky Mount, NC)

South End Subdivision (Rocky Mount, NC to Florence, SC)

Charleston Subdivision (Florence, SC to Savannah, GA)

Nahunta Subdivision (Savannah, GA to Jacksonville, FL)

Sanford Subdivision (Jacksonville, FL to Auburndale, FL)



NOTE: All photos are copyrighted and are NOT be used without written permission.  If you are interested in using any of these images for a publication, website, or other media, please contact me.






W874 leaving Richmond on a dreary spring day. Amtrak 98 crossing the James River in Richmond.
K277 arrives at Collier Yard in Petersburg. Hotshot Q173 races through Carson.
Q400 at sunrise through South Jarratt. G934 crossing from VA into NC.




North Carolina


Q401 drifts by the yard tower in Rocky Mount. K650 passes Q409 at Firestone.
Amtrak 80 at North Selma. Multiple EMD units lead G930 at Selma.
S407 by North Dunn. Coal train passing Milan Yard in Fayetteville.




South Carolina


Q407 departing Florence. Q408 under threatening skies at New Hope.
Q494 passing under the North Charleston signals. EMDX 6345 leads a manifest at Ravenel.
Q407 with an ACE leader at Yemmasee. Q491 at Hardeeville.






Southbound coal train near Richmond Hill. Q125 racing south at Doctortown.
Q407 at Jessup. A773 easing through Folkston.






Q121 screaming through Hilliard. Southbound coal train between Bostwick and Palatka.
Late running Amtrak 53 at Pomona Park. Amtrak 91 at SE Benson Junction.
Q258 northbound through Rand Yard in Sanford. Y125 at Winston.





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