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Locomotives

0-6-0 206, one of two such types acquired from Florida East Coast.
Author: Unknown.
0-6-0 208 at Panama City, Florida, May 1940. This was originally a Florida East Coast locomotive. It was sold to The Bay Line in 1934 along with 0-6-0 206. They retained their FEC numbers.
Author: Monypeny.
2-8-2 401 at Panama City, Florida, September 1940.
Author: Witbeck.


4-6-0 110. Location and date unknown.
Author: unknown.


4-6-2 131 at Panama City, Florida, September 1940. This was another Florida East Coast locomotive that The Bay Line purchased in 1935. Again, it kept its former FEC road number while in service with The Bay Line.
Author: Witbeck.


F3A 1501 at Panama City, Florida, July 1965. Although originally intended for passenger service, this unit was sent to EMD in 1955 to be regeared for freight duty. It was traded to EMD in 1970 for GP39 507.
Author: unknown.


ASAB Railcar 500 as seen in an Edwards Rail Car Company brochure circa 1929.


Ex-Florida East Coast 146 at Dothan, AL, Mar 24, 1935. This was one of four 4-6-2 locomotives purchased from the FEC in 1934.
Author: H H Pollitt


RS1 909 at Sherman Yard in Panama City, Florida, in 1974. This RS1 was built in June, 1944. It as acquired new and served with The Bay Line until it was sold to Chattahoochee Industrial in July 1975.
Author: unknown.


GP7 502 at Panama City, Florida, August 1969. All ASAB GP7s were originally high nosed units but had their noses chopped sometime after being acquired by the railroad. This unit was completely rebuilt in 1977 and renumbered 511.
Author: unknown.


SD9 503 following its derailment in February, 1978.
Author: unknown.


GP38 506 at Panama City, Florida. Date is unknown. This unit was built in October, 1969, and originally sold to Penn Central as 7811. It later served with Conrail and Gulf and Mississippi with the same road numbers before coming to The Bay Line in the late-1980s as part of a plan to standardize locomotive power for ease of operations.
Author: unknown.


Rolling Stock

50' side door box car 7269 at Minasha, Wisconsin in 1978.
Author: Unknown.


Tank Car 1194, Panama City, April 1976
Author: Bill Folsom


ASAB Flatbed 2611 with a load of wood, July 1978.
Author: Arnie Burchardt


ASAB 50-foot box car 7301 sporting Wabash Valley colors but still with ASAB reporting marks, September 1992.
Author: Kenneth M. Ardinger


ASAB 50-foot box car 7021 in non-standard orange color near Atlanta in 1977.
Author: Unknown


ASAB wood chip hopper 1822.
Author: Unknown


ASAB caboose number 12, August 1978
Author: Arnie Burchardt


From the Timetables

Advertising page from the 1916 timetable showing the station at St. Andrews, Florida. Both Dothan and Panama City/St. Andrews were advertised heavily in the early years. In later years, Panama City became the focus of the information provided in the timetables.


The Bay Line ticket office in Panama City, Florida as seen in the 1950 timetable. The office was located at 21 Oak Avenue and was touted have having been recently opened.


Along with rail freight service, The Bay Line operated an over the road trucking subsidiary, St. Andrews Bay Transportation Company. Fast daily service to Columbus, Georgia was a big selling point. Other destinations included Blakely, Cusseta, Cuthbert, and Lumpkin in Georgia; Dothan, and Madrid in Alabama; and Campbellton, Cottondale, Youngstown, Chipley, and Marianna in Florida. This image is from the 1950 timetable.


From the 1953 timetable comes this ad. Big news was the schedule change that allowed more time in Panama City when traveling from Atlanta. Evidently, well dressed lady anglers was the norm back then.


Beaches were regularly touted in the timetables. This scene of Panama City Beach is from the 1948 timetable.


Another ad touting the greatness of traveling to Panama City, this one from the 1955 timetable. This would be the last hurrah for passenger service. In the summer of 1956, The Bay Line ended passenger service and became a freight only railroad.



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