Upcoming and Past BMRR Presentations and Tours

The following PowerPoint talks, presentations, and tours about the Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad have been scheduled.  Unless otherwise indicated, the presentations are free and open to the public, and reservations are not necessary.  Be sure to check back here or check with the organization just prior to any of the meetings you plan to attend to make sure they have not been changed.  If you know of other groups that would like to have a program presentation about the BMRR or if you would like more information about any of the meetings listed here, contact James Lowery at [email protected].

UPCOMING Scheduled BMRR Presentations and Tours:

March 7, 2024.  Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club.

 Recent PAST Presentations and Tours:

February 3, 2024.  Provided resources for Railway Marathon and Half Marathon — Five Mile Creek Greenway — portion of BMRR Cain (Cane) Creek Branch going west from trailhead at Black Creek Park in Fultondale, Alabama — Race website https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Fultondale/RailwayMarathon

January 28, 2024.  Five Mile Creek Greenway — newly opened portion of BMRR Cain (Cane) Creek Branch going west from former trail end at Republic Road (County Road 67) north of Watson, Alabama, extending within the city limits of Brookside, and ending at the Newfound Creek (New Found Creek, Newfoundland Creek) ravine in which formerly was located the highest (when built) wooden railroad trestle in the United States — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed.  Temple Circles/Villages Temple Beth-El and Temple Emanu-El Historic Walking Tours.  Michael Sznajderman, leader.  James Lowery, assisting.

December 17, 2023.  High Ore Line Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on former Tennessee Coal, Iron, and Railroad (TCI) roadbed, Birmingham History Walk — Temple Circles/Villages Temple Beth-El and Temple Emanu-El Historic Walking Tours.  NOTE: The trail is not on the former BMRR roadbed, but its southernmost trestle passes over the BMRR North Branch which is still active CSX tracks.  Michael Sznajderman, leader.  James Lowery, assisting.

August 19, 2023.  Gardendale Historical Society meeting, Gardendale, Alabama.

May 14, 2023.  Five Mile Creek Greenway — portion of BMRR Cain (Cane) Creek Branch going east from trailhead at Shady Grove Road — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed. Temple Beth-El Historic Walking Tours.  Michael Sznajderman, leader.  James Lowery, assisting.

March 23, 2023.   Indian Springs Garden Club, in-person presentation, Indian Springs, Alabama.

March 21, 2023.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour along BMRR roadbed, UAB Retirees Association.  James Lowery, leader.

January 17, 2023.  UAB Retirees Association, via Zoom teleconferencing.  This presentation is being provided as a tribute to UABRA Board Member Tom Talbot who was a BMRR Major Sign Sponsor and a significant contributor to the BMRR Signs Project.

September 20, 2022, 6:30 pm.  Montgomery Gem and Mineral Society, in-person presentation, Montgomery, Alabama.

September 18, 2022.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed. Temple Beth-El Historic Walking Tours.  James Lowery, leader.

February 12, 2022.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed.  Adults 50+ group,  Trinity United Methodist Church.  James Lowery, leader.

October 17, 2021.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed as part of Vulcan Park and Museum 2021 Fall Walking Tour Series.  James Lowery, assistant leader.

May 6, 2021.  UAB Retirees Association, via Zoom teleconferencing

Click on the following link below to view the recording of this presentation (Before clicking the link, note or copy the Passcode Nqn^Nr23):
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March 11, 2020. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI Birmingham

December 28, 2019.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed for a local family with out-of-town guests.  James Lowery, leader.

December 14, 2019.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed for Friends of Shades Creek.  James Lowery, leader.

December 8, 2019.  BMRR display at 200th Anniversary Celebration for Clay United Methodist Church and the State of Alabama.  James Lowery and Peggy Lowery.

October 16, 2019.  Pinson Public Library, Pinson, Alabama

September 20, 2019.  Louisville and Nashville Railroad Historical Society Annual Convention, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

July 11, 2019.  Encore Club, Hoover, Alabama.

June 13, 2019.  Trussville Public Library, Trussville, Alabama.

June 1, 2019.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed, Adults 50+ group at Trinity United Methodist Church.  James Lowery, leader.

March 24, 2019.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed as part of Vulcan Park and Museum 2019 Spring Walking Tour Series.  James Lowery, leader.

March 23, 2019.  Kiwanis Vulcan Trail — Interpretive Walking Tour on BMRR roadbed as part of Vulcan Park and Museum 2019 Spring Walking Tour Series.  James Lowery, leader.

January 19, 2019.  Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Leeds, Alabama.

November 17, 2018.  Alabama Geological Society Meeting and Field Trip, Birmingham, Alabama.

October 11, 2018.  Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club, Birmingham, Alabama.

July 21, 2018.  Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, (short presentation), Leeds, Alabama.

April 4, 2018.  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Birmingham, Alabama.

August 11, 2017.  Etowah Historical Society, Gadsden, Alabama.

July 10, 2017.  Southern Company Services / Southern Nuclear Company Retirees

June 10, 2017.  Southeastern Regional Convention and Train Show, National Model Railroad Association.

April 20, 2017.  Jefferson County Historical Association

April 13, 2017.  Shepherd’s Center, Bluff Park United Methodist Church

February 18, 2017.  Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum — Members Banquet

February 15, 2017.  Birmingham Fern Society

November 17, 2016.  Samford University Retirees Group

October 29, 2016.  Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.  Short program entitled “How to Go From Birmingham to Tuscaloosa on the BMRR.”

October 6, 2016.  Clay Historical Society.

September 20, 2016.  Hoover Historical Society.