Henry Lienhard

36" gauge, -lb rail


Mill Location: Handsboro, MS (Harrison County)

Mill Capacity: 40,000 ft/day in 1906

Years of Operation (RR): 1884-1906

Miles Operated: 20 miles in 1906

Locomotives Owned: 3

Also see: Handsboro Lumber Co.



11 log cars in 1906


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History by Gil Hoffman:

About 1858 Henry Lienhard, a Swiss immigrant, entered the lumber business along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 1867 he built a mule and oxen-powered wood rail tram road, probably the first in the state. Later, after his mill business grew, a pole road was constructed and a steam locomotive weighing five to ten tons purchased. In 1884 he built a 36-inch gauge tramroad with steel rails.

On August 30, 1906, Mrs. Henrietta Lienhard and Henrietta Lienhard Harry (the widow and daughter of Henry Lienhard) sold the sawmill plant and timber to the L. N. Dantzler Lumber Company, of Moss Point, Jackson County, who operated the property under the name “Handsboro Lumber Company.”

Lienhard's 0-6-0T #1 was a squat, chunky little engine!

















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

1st 1        0-4-2T                 Porter                       656                    10-1884                   28                    7x12                        10000

Purchased new. Named “Lamar”

Gone by 1904.


2nd 1      0-6-0T                 Baldwin                  4205                    12-1877                   33                    10x14                     

Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #236, Atlanta, GA, on 1-21-1904. Cost $2,500.

Built as Milton & Sutherland Narrow Gauge R.R. “Little Jannie”, Milton, NC.; to Richmond & Danville #74, in 1882; to Bryant & Brother, Stony Creek, VA; to Newell & Bryant, Stony Creek, VA; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #236.

Sold to Handsboro Lumber Co., Handsboro, MS, on 8-30-1906.

Baldwin class 6-14 D 7


2              0-6-2T                 Porter                     1535                    3-1894                                             6x14                       

Purchased new for Cedar Lake Logging Co.

Sold to Handsboro Lumber Co., Handsboro, MS, on 8-30-1906.






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