Tampa Southern Railway

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I am recent member of ACL/SAL Historical Society. Am involved in writing a narrative on the Atlantic Coast Line depot in Sarasota, Fl. for County Historical Commission which leads to an hstorical marker being placed at site of depot (demolished). Am looking for source material-references on

Tampa Southern Railway (Atlantic Coast Line) such as when was it chartered, how long did it exist, mileage. stations, terminals, corporate structure, personnel, relationship to ACL.

Can you help me? Will appreciate anything you can do.

-- RJ Coakley (RJCoakley@aol.com), March 26, 1998


A foot note to the Tampa Southern, the ACL tried to get the higher shortline rates after the line was built and was refused by the state railroad commission. This may have been the only reason the TS was built as a seperate enity, to try to get the higher rates. The Tampa Southern always used ACL equipment.

-- Donald R. Hensley, Jr. (taplines@greenepa.net), May 09, 1998.

Until reading this posting I never knew that a Tampa Southern railroad ever existed. I have , however, wondered for a long time if there was anything that used that name, since there is a "TS" crossing at the south end of Uceta yard in Tampa and CSX still uses that station name. It isn't really a crossing anymore, It's now a switch that enters Yeoman yard from the old ACL from Bradenton. Thanks for the info.... I love this stuff! DH, Tampa

-- Danny Harmon (HDTampa@aol.com), April 26, 1998.

I can answer only part of this question, but here goes. The Tampa Southern Railroad Company was incorporated in the State of Florida on March 5, 1917, and organized on April 5th of that same year. Its line extended from Uceta (Tampa) to Bradenton with numerous branches of lengths varying from .82 mile to 30.86 miles. The total mileage was 110.55. The last construction on this railroad appears to have been completed in 1930. According to Poor's Manual, this was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Atlantic Coast Line.

I hope this helps.

Bob Hanson

-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), March 30, 1998.

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