This segment of the "big blue
map" of the Birmingham Bessemer Terminal District shows how the
Birmingham Belt surrounded the downtown area. It also shows the
extent of all the other tracks located in downtown Birmingham.
By the time this map was made in
1935, the Grade Separtation project along the Railroad Reservation had
Notice that the Belt ran on Avenue E
(5th Ave. S) and then north on 32nd Street, then along 10th Avenue
N. It is believed that by 1935 the Belt had operating agreements
wiht the Frisco (St. Louis-San Franciso) to complete the loop of downtown.
There were other tracks operated by
the Belt, and you may hunt for those on the 1935 map elsewhere on the
website. You will generally find them to the east of this view.
In this map note the Frisco line that
ran in 9th Avenue N left to right, a block south of the Belt Line tracks
in 10th Avenue. The interstate, I-20/59 was located on this
corridor. There are still crash walls visible under the interchange
of I-20/59 and US 31/280.
I-65 was located east of the Illinois
Central tracks located in 12th Street North.
Let the mouse hover over the blue map
to see today's Google Earth image.