Fairfield Southern Company
Fairfield Southern Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transtar Inc., is a contract carrier operating within US Steel's Fairfield Works at Fairfield, AL. Fairfield Works is an integrated steel mill that produces flat rolled steel coil and tubular products. Fairfield Southern owns more than 300 railcars and operates only on tracks owned by U.S. Steel.
Fairfield Southern receives blast furnace raw materials and semi-finished steel products from Birmingham Terminal Railway, which they deliver to the mill location that needs the material. Fairfield Southern also gathers scrap and other production by-products and distributes them for recycling or disposal. Fairfield Southern has proven to be a cost effective and critical element of steel making and finishing at U.S. Steel Fairfield Works.
On May 1, 1984, as part of a restructuring program, United States Steel Corporation eliminated the Rail Transportation Department and turned its former in-plant transportation functions over to a newly formed Birmingham Southern Railroad operating subsidiary called the Fairfield Southern Company.
Its duties include handling the Fairfield Works' inbound raw materials and outbound empties, making in-plant steel and scrap movements, moving "hot metal" between the blast furnace and "Q-BOP" (Basic Oxygen Process) and moving furnace waste to a dump site at Exum.
The Fairfield Southern is not an actual railroad. Trackage within limits of the Fairfield Works is owned by U.S. Steel and maintained by an outside contractor. Fairfield Southern employees are covered by United Steelworkers of America agreements.