The Gregarious Railfan
Birmingham, AL  35210 (population, 212,107)                Page 2

GPS: N 33.53884, W 86.70770   Google map   

Scanner: NS: 160.950 [56] (Road), 160.245 [9] (Disp.), 160.830 [48], 161.430 [88], 161.490 [92], 161.085
[65], 161.505 [93]

Railroad:  Norfolk Southern Crescent - Alabama Division, AGS Sub, MP 136

Description: Irondale, AL is a suburb of Birmingham.  The town was the site of Southern Railway's Norris Yard and
shops.  The shop building later became home of the Norfolk Southern steam program (1980's) on Norfolk Southern.   
After the steam program ended, so did use of the shops.  The yard is still a major hump yard of the NS system.  The
yard is off limit to visitors, however the City of Irondale realized the yard draws enough visitors and built two
train-watching platforms on the west end of the yard.  A Southern Railway caboose is also displayed on the south side
of the tracks.  In Birmingham proper, railfanning by the Birmingham Amtrak station might be problematic, the
platform is only open for arrival of the Amtrak Crescent twice a day. Most cross streets are underpasses or
overpasses. I am told that the overpass on Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard (formerly called 21st St.) has metered
parking and sidewalks and overlooks the Amtrak station (confirmed by Google maps) so that could be a good place to
railfan. Although some websites claim lots of railfanning opportunities in Birmingham, there is a lack of details.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 30+

Nearby RR Stuff: Birmingham Amtrak Station N 33.51260, W 86.80778  
parking on Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard N 33.51385, W 86.80349

Gregariousness quotient: Low to Medium

Local Breakfast: Waffle House, 1833 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale. N 33.53347, W 86.70250

Lunch and Supper: Irondale Café, A traditional 'Southern Café' with Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Fried Green Tomatoes,
Pot Pie, and great pies. 1906 1st Ave N, Irondale. N 33.53859, W 86.70817

Fast Food:  McDonalds, 734 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale.  N 33.53329, W 86.69432; Burger King and others southwest
on Crestwood Blvd (US-78), N 33.53329, W 86.69432

Lodging:  Comfort Inn and others, 4965 Montevallo Rd N 33.52939, W 86.71542

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RAINS Trackside article on Birmingham        
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from TRAINS Magazine and the internet.  I would welcome
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Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014
TRAINS May 2012
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