More extensive resources and information about the Birmingham Mineral Railroad and other historic railroads in the Birmingham area can be found at locations such as the following:
Birmingham Rails website
Holdings of the Birmingham Public Library–both digital and hard copy
Holdings of the Alabama Department of Archives and History
EXCELLENT ON-LINE HISTORIC MAPS OVERLAY TOOL:
In addition to the historic maps presented below, if you are interested in overlaying historic maps onto current maps, the United States Geological Survey has provided an excellent resource for doing that. Many of the historic maps that can be overlaid at that website show the Birmingham Mineral Railroad (usually as “L & N Railroad”), and the overlaying capability will enable you to see where it ran in relation to present-day maps. Visit the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer website at http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/ The following are instructions for using that online map overlay tool:
USGS HISTORIC MAPS OVERLAY
Below is the link and instructions for the USGS historic maps easy-to-use online tool that will overlay their old historic maps onto a current map, then the transparency of the old map can be changed to compare it (see through it) to the current map locations.
E. You may have to pick and choose different old maps to get the one with the best scale for the site you are inquiring about.