As the official newsletter of the Mid-South Chapter, The Mid-South Flyer was first published in March, 2009 as the Mid-South News Bulletin as a bi-monthly publication. The newsletter reports current chapter activities and features regular columns and articles on a variety of historical and contemporary railroad subjects pertaining to the Mid-South region of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, west Georgia and northwest Florida. Beginning in 2015 the newsletter switched to a quarterly publication with expanded coverage. The newsletter's long-time editor through 2018 was Mid-South Chapter founder Marvin Clemons; starting in 2019 the Flyer is edited by Ken Boyd (

Issues will be made available here one year after publication.

Available Issues

2018 January
Presentation: Larry Goolsby on the AB&C · Long Day on a Local · How to Use ... and Abuse ... an Alco S-2 · Bessemer's Railroads
Presentation: Tom Lawson on "My Life with Locomotives" · Gavin Turner, Railroad Photographer · Carl Ardrey on "Flaggin' on no. 1" · "Catfish," The Only Ingalls Locomotive
2017 Winter
Presentation: Santa Fe through Arizona · Honoring Larry Kelpke · Stevenson Depot · Birmingham Belt, Part 3 · Victorian Internet · Railroad Rule Books
Presentation: Warren Jones on Gainesville Midland #301 · In Memoriam Robert "Bob" Smith · Bygone Days on Bessemer's Railroads · Last decade of Passenger Rail Service before Amtrak · Quick Reference Alabama Rail Map
Presentation: Glenn Wills on "Forgotten Alabama" · Southern Railway Finley Roundhouse · Lyle Key on Railway express · Seaboard's Birmingham Subdivision · Stan Burnett on a 1965 Weekend Round Trip by Rail
Presentation: Knox Kershaw · Two Tracks, or Not Two Tracks: Louisville & Nashville through Birmingham · Tweetsie Railroad · Kansas City-Florida Special
2016 Winter
Presentation: Birmingham Terminal Station · Preserving the Texas · Stevenson Depot · Birmingham Belt, Part 1 · Virtual Model Railroading, Part 2
Frank Ardrey in Color · Center for Railroad Photography and Art · Historic Decatur Depot · Birmingham Belt, Part 2 · 'Dixie' 4-8-4 Restoration
Billy Thomason Signal Collection · David Lester on 1976 · Birmingham Belt, Part 3 · Report from Moscow, Idaho (R&LHS Convention) · In Memorium Mick Nussbaum
Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad Signs Project · Brown Ore for Birmingham · A Visit to Cass · Remembering Jim McClellan
2015 Winter
Chapter projects · Lester on Amtrak · Red Gap Branch (Irondale to Greensprings Highway)
Ken Boyd, digital photography and locomotive "art" · Woodward Iron Company and Vance, Alabama · 611 excursion itinerary
Woodward Iron Company presentation · R&LHS Altoona convention report · Dynamic braking · Thoughts on the Pan American · L&N Depot Museum in Foley
Presentation: Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History and Birmingham Rail & Locomotive, Inc. · Great Temple of Travel (Marvin Clemons) set for January Publication · Reminiscing about Frank E. Ardrey · Coal and the Railroads · Virtual Model Railroading, Part 1
2014 January-February
Jack Ferris and company · Atlanta Terminal Station · RR history and model railroading (pt.4) · Lyle Key on riding Amtrak (pt.1)
Tom Lawson book signing announced · Restoration projects · Birmingham Mineral Railroad historic signs project · Birmingham RR grade separation project (pt.1) · Mid-South Chapter Web site · Lyle Key on riding Amtrak (pt.2)
Alabama Railfan Conference announced · Atlanta Union Station · Birmingham RR grade separation project (pt.2) · Named passenger cars
Birmingham Mineral Railroad · Birmingham RR grade separation project (pt.3) · 21st Century heritage steam
State of the RR hobby (pt.1) · Birmingham Mineral Railroad signs project report · Atlanta Railroad Prototype Modelers meeting · Warrior Mineral RR
State of the RR hobby (pt.2) · Bessemer Pullman-Standard Plant · Warrior River/"Lost" Ensley Southern Bridge
2013 January
Birmingham streetcars · Year in review · Atlanta's Peachtree Station
Central of Georgia RHS to meet at Leeds · Railfanning in Japan · Winburn, AL operations · Early Southern Railway steam excursions
Central of Georgia RHS Leeds report · Southern Railway's Northern Alabama RR (pt. 1) · Review of Steam Whistles in the Piney Woods
611 returning to excursion service · RR history and model railroading (pt.1) · Logging railroads in the US (pt.1)
21st Century Steam in Birmingham · John Henry Celebration · Photo calendar winners · RR history and model railroading (pt.2) · Logging railroads in the US (pt.2) · Southern Railway's Northern Alabama RR (pt. 2)
Eric McFerrin · Logging railroads in the US (pt.3) · RR history and model railroading (pt.3)
2012 March
Shane Boatwright · Norfolk Southern announces "heritage" locomotives program · Woodward Iron Company
Dr. Carl Marbury · Shane Boatwright presentation · Birmingham convention report
ATCS monitor installed in Depot agent's office · Kennesaw excursion report
2011 March
Birmingham convention announcement · Membership meeting report · A Telegrapher's story
Birmingham Southern · Cane Creek Branch farewell (pt. 1) · A day at the Depot
Birmingham convention plans · Mid-South Chapter news and views · Cane Creek Branch farewell (pt. 2)
Registration opens for Birmingham convention · Sloss Furnace and the founding of Birmingham · Frank Ardrey obituary · Leeds Depot artwork unveiled
2010 January
Frisco no. 4018 relocation report · MSC Board report
BNSF safety programs · Membership meeting report · David Salter in memoriam
Alabama Mineral · Birmingham Mineral's Red Mountain Lines
Veteran railroaders share memories · Norfolk Southern and Tennessee Valley RR Museum announce steam excursions for 2011
Operator's desk for Leeds Depot · Oneonta's L&N depot site receives marker · TA&G Railway program · Mid-South Chapter photo album
2009 March
Red Mountain presentation · Depot workgroup · Birmingham rail show
Central of Georgia program · Depot office restoration · Local Internet newsgroup
Leeds Depot open house · New operator's desk · July cookout photos
Frisco no. 4018 relocation · Ron Mele profile · Open house photos · Exhibit room proposal

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