Re: Railroad ID help, please, GF&A Ry

Schuyler Larrabee

Thanks, Lee. It's a neato photo. Wish there was
some way to scan that image, but at 60" long or
so, not likely to happen.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lee B Singletary
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004 8:39 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Railroad ID help, please,

This is the Gulf, Florida & Alabama in
Pensacola, Florida.
The giveaway is the The Lewis Bear Company.
They are a local
distributor in Pensacola. Still there in in
1997 before we
moved away. The GF&A wound up under St.
Louis-San Fransisco.

Lee Singletary
Former Pensacola resident

On Sun, 12 Sep 2004 12:25:26 -0400 "Schuyler
<schuyler.larrabee@...> writes:
Help please.

I just went to look at a house in my
neighborhood which is on the
market. Curious about that house, so took the
to see what
was there.
Old house, only two families in it since 1885.

It's still furnished, and on the wall in a
study was a
panorama photo,
probably 10" high by 60" or more wide. It
shows a harbor
off to the
left, an urban scene mid-right, with a new
power plant at
the extreme
right. The harbor is full of sailing ships,
no steamers
that I could
find, though the room was not the best lit
I've seen (which has
probably been good for the photo over the

It is annotated with GF&A features, "Marine
Terminal, Clssification
Yard, Passenger and Freight Station."

Several businesses have their names painted on
the facades,
which will

Uneeda Biscuit (fairly common, I'd guess) West
Grocery Company
(probably locally
The Lewis Bear Company, Wholesale Groceries
(also locally specific,
maybe) W A Ray Hardware Company Gautensen &
Morrill, Riggers and

This New England mind thought: "Gainesville,
(mumble) and Atlanta?" Well, don't laugh,
Floridians, I
already found
out that Gainesville's not on the coast, and
this place is.
So that's
not it. Unless the "A" is the coastal city,
or the "F" is.

I checked out my 1984 copy of Edson's
"Railroad Names" which lists
Georgia, Florida & Alabama, and Gulf, Florida
& Alabama, So
those are
possibilities. But what port would I be
looking at?


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