East Louisiana Railroad

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: New Orleans, later at Covington

Years of Operation: 1886-1905

Predecessor Roads: Poitevent & Favre Lumber Co.

Successor Roads: New Orleans Great Northern

Miles Operated: Main line: Pearl River, LA to Covington, LA, 25 miles; Mandeville Branch: Mandeville Jct. to Mandeville, LA, 11.3 miles; trackage rights (NO&NE RR), New Orleans to Pearl River, LA, 36.0 miles — total operated 72.3 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

6/30/1892: Locomotives: 5. Cars: 13 passenger, 3 baggage, etc., 12 box, 5 stock, 40 timber, 1 caboose.

6/30/1902: Locomotives: 3. Cars: 10 passenger, 2 baggage, etc., 5 box, 2 stock, 4 flat, 17 other, 3 service.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The East Louisiana Railroad was incorporated in Louisiana on July 7, 1887, to build and operate a railroad from Pearl River, LA to Abita Springs, LA and beyond to Covington, LA and other points in Louisiana and Mississippi. The main line from Pearl River, LA to Abita Springs, LA, 20 miles, was purchased in 1887 from John Poitevent and J. A. Favre. The line from Abita Springs to Covington, LA, 4.20 miles, was built during 1887 and 1888. The branch from Mandeville Junction to Mandeville, LA was begun in 1888 and completed on May 29, 1892. Several short branch lines were built between 1901 and 1904. The line from Ramsay, LA to Horse Branch, LA, 4.68 miles, was purchased from the Greenlaw Lumber Company in 1904.

 The company was sold to the New Orleans & Great Northern Railroad on June 1, 1905 and absorbed by that line.

 REFERENCE

 1.  ”New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company,” Valuation Docket No. 305, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 133, p. 825-61.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

Rod

 

Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36000

 

Secondhand.

In service by 6/1887.

 

 

 

3

 

2-6-0

 

Porter

 

723

 

1/1886

 

11x16

 

36

 

36000

 

New. Named Pearl River.

 

Sold to unknown.

New boiler and 14" extension front sent from factory, 1/18/1923.

 

4

 

Rod

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40000

 

Secondhand.

In service by 6/1887.

 

 

 

5

 

Rod

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40000

 

Secondhand.

In service by 6/1887.

 

 

 

6

 

4-4-0

 

New York

 

364

 

5/1888

 

18x24

 

 

 

 

 

New. Cost $6,700.

 

 

 

7

 

4-4-0

 

New York

 

466

 

4/1889

 

18x24

 

 

 

 

 

New. Cost $6,700.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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