Railfanning The Gadsden/Guntersville Area

We have only made a couple trips down to the Gadsden/Guntersville area so far, but both towns seem to hold the promise of some good railfanning. Both towns reside on a branch of the CSX that stretches from Birmingham to Guntersville, AL. Gadsden is located along Norfolk Southern's Birmingham, AL to Chattanooga, TN line. Guntersville is located on the extreme southern tip of the Tennessee River and most industries reflect agricultural operations. Steel seems to be a major commodity in Gadsden and I am guessing the Gulf States Steel plant was a large customer for the railroads before it's shutdown in 2000.

  Useful Scanner Frequencies for The Gadsden/Guntersville Area

AAR Channel 84 - 161.370 CSX Road
AAR Channel 20 - 160.410 CSX Dispatcher
AAR Channel 77 - 161.265 CSX PBX
AAR Channel 56 - 160.950 NS Road (Channel 1)
AAR Channel 09 - 160.245 NS Dispatcher to Train (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 48 - 160.830 NS Train to Dispatcher (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 11 - 160.275 NS PBX
For a full list of AAR Channels, see the Railfan Scanner Tips Page

  Latest Additions to The Gadsden/Guntersville Area Photo Gallery

Alabama and Tennessee River train M715 works the industries in Guntersville, AL on an overcast February day.

File Size: 306 KBytes · Downloads: 2914 · Uploaded: November 09,2014


Here is a neat shot of an ex-L&N bay window caboose in Gadsden Yard. The sign reads "We ask a lot, you keep on giving, but please work safe and keep on living. CSX Mobile Division - Gadsden Yard."

File Size: 130 KBytes · Downloads: 6046 · Uploaded: May 11,2008


The Tyson Railroad is really an intraplant switching operation at the Tyson Feed Mill in Ivalee, AL, near Gadsden. Here the Tyson's lone switcher, an SW900, rests between duties.

File Size: 136 KBytes · Downloads: 7020 · Uploaded: May 11,2008


A pair of CSX GP38-2s idle in the CSX Gadsden yard.

File Size: 107 KBytes · Downloads: 5962 · Uploaded: July 03,2001


A group of CSX units rest between assignments in CSX's Gadsden yard. This lash-up includes a pair of GP38-2s and a GP40-2 Mother/Road Slug combo.

File Size: 108 KBytes · Downloads: 5923 · Uploaded: July 03,2001


On a trip over to the Guntersville/Albertville/Gadsden area, we didn't find any running trains, but we did get a photo of a switcher at Progress Rail in Albertville. Here is a photo of the power in between calls to duty in the CSX Gadsden yard.

File Size: 112 KBytes · Downloads: 6000 · Uploaded: July 03,2001


Here is some idle NS power in the NS Attala yard, just outside Gadsden, AL.

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Progress Rail Services performs railcar repair and recycling and is located in Albertville, Alabama. Here is a shot of one of Progress' switcher, which appears be an SW1200 with Flexicoil trucks.

File Size: 138 KBytes · Downloads: 7052 · Uploaded: July 03,2001


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