Louisiana & North West Railroad

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Gibsland, later Homer, LA

Years of Operation: 1890-present

Predecessor Roads: Louisiana North & South Ry

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: Main line: Magnolia, AR to Natchitoches, LA, 114.7 miles; leased (St. Louis Southwestern Ry. — Magnolia to McNBeil, AR), 6.40 miles — total, 121.10 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

3/31/1890: Locomotives: 2. Cars: 2 passenger.

12/31/1899: Locomotives: 5. Cars: 2 passenger, 2 baggage, etc., 16 flat, 1 caboose.

6/30/1914: Locomotives: 9. Cars: 5 passenger, 2 combination, 2 baggage, etc., 41 box, 29 flat, 22 service.

6/30/1918: Locomotives: 9. Cars: 3 passenger, 2 combination, 3 baggage, etc., 23 box, 6 flat, 2 caboose, 24 service.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

Chartered as the Louisiana North & South Railroad on November 28, 1885. Road completed from Gibsland, LA to Homer, LA, 20 miles, toward the end of 1887 and opened for business on March 1, 1888. The extension from Gibsland to Bienville, LA was completed in 1889 and opened January 1, 1889. The road was constructed by J. D. Beardsley, contractor. Owing to a defective charter, the road was in 1889 as the Louisiana & North West Railroad and the property of the old company conveyed to the new on January 21, 1890. At the time of the new charter, the railroad was controlled by J. D. Beardsley through ownership of a majority of the capital stock. Authorized capital stock was $2,900,000.

 The line from Homer, La to Magnolia, AR, 35.70 miles, was built during 1897-98; from Bienville to Lucky, LA, 7.50 miles, during 1900-01; from Lucky to Saline, LA, 5.50 miles, during 1901-04; from Saline to Natchitoches, LA, 30.20 miles, during 1901-05, and in Natchitoches, 0/30 miles, during 1912. The total mileage of this construction was 79.20 miles. The line between Homer, LA and Magnolia, AR and between Bienville, LA and Natchitoches, LA were constructed under contract by J. D. Beardsley.The Magnola Branch of the St. Louis Southwestern Ry., from Magnolia to McNeil, AR, 6.40 miles, was leased for 20 years from August 1, 1898, at a rental of $3,980 per year.

 The railroad had joint use of the passenger station at Gibsland, LA, owned by the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific.  Interchange connections were with the Louisiana & Arkansas at Chestnut, LA; with Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co., at Hagen, LA; with the North Louisiana & Gulf at Bienville, LA; with the St. Louis Southwestern Ry., at McNeil, AR; the Texas & Pacific at Natchitoches, LA, and the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific at Gibsland, LA. 

The country traversed was gently rolling with some flat stretches. The most imortant bridge on the road was across the Red River. This bridge was 525 feet in length.

 The United States District Court at New Orleans, on August 23, 1913, appointed George W. Hunter as receiver on application of the Baldwin Locomotive Works and other creditors. 

REFERENCE

 

1.  “Louisiana & North West Railroad Company,” Valuation Docket No. 697, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 135, p. 849-880.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEAM ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

10419

 

11/1889

 

14x22

 

56

 

60000

 

Louisiana North & South Ry. #1

Louisiana & North West #1, on 1/21/1890.

Baldwin class 8-22 C 74

 

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

2

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

2408

 

4/1871

 

14x24

 

61

 

45000

 

Junction & Breakwater R.R. New York, Lewes, DE

Delaware, Maryland & Virginia #3, in 6/1883.

Re. #253.

Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore R.R. #108,

in 8/1885.

New York Equipment Co., New York, NY (dealer),

in 2/1888.

Louisiana & North West #2, by 3/1890.

Baldwin class 22½ C 27

 

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

3

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

13714

 

9/1893

 

16x24

 

62

 

74000

 

New. Cost $8,260.

Baldwin class 8-26 C 511

 

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

4

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

15938

 

5/1898

 

17x24

 

54

 

95000

 

New. Cost $8,033.75.

Baldwin class 8-28 D 161

 

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

5

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

15939

 

5/1898

 

17x24

 

54

 

95000

 

New. Cost $8,033.75.

Baldwin class 8-28 D 162

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

6

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

10490

 

12/1889

 

20x24

 

50

 

116000

 

Cresson, Clearfield County & New York Short Route R.R. #4 Anthony S. Morrow, Cresson, PA

Pennsylvania R.R. #1517, in 6/1893.

Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Ry., Nampa, ID, in 3/1897.

Louisiana & North West #6, ca. 1900.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 1023

 

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

7

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

21668

 

2/1903

 

18x24

 

56

 

110000

 

New. Cost $9,900.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 610

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2078, in 1/1926.

 

8

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

22102

 

5/1903

 

18x24

 

56

 

110000

 

New. Cost $9,900.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 611

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

9

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

22183

 

5/1903

 

16x24

 

64

 

90000

 

New. Cost $9,000.

Baldwin class 8-26 C 556

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

10

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

24805

 

11/1904

 

19x24

 

50

 

125000

 

New. Cost $10,885.

Baldwin class 10-32 E 47

 

Louisiana & Arkansas Ry. #150,

ca. 1910.

Grace Logging Co., Castor, LA,

in 6/1922.

Weber-King Manufacturing Co. #110, Barham, LA

 

11

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

24835

 

11/1904

 

19x24

 

50

 

125000

 

New. Cost $10,885.

Baldwin class 10-32 E 48

 

Gainesville Midland R.R. #102, Gainesville, GA, in 1905.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1861

Fountain-Campbell Lumber Co. #4, Ladysmith, WI, on 3/8/1924.

Roddis Lumber & Veneer Co., Park Falls, WI, in 1936.

 

21

 

2-6-0

 

Rhode

Island

 

1704

 

11/1886

 

19x24

 

52½

 

104300

 

Vicksburg & Meridian R.R. #165

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #411, in 5/1889.

Louisiana & North West #21, in 1907.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2079, in 1/1926.

 

22

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

37003

 

9/1911

 

18x26

 

56

 

130500

 

New. Cost $12,261.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 599

 

Scrapped

 

23

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

37004

 

9/1911

 

18x26

 

56

 

130500

 

New. Cost $12,261.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 600

 

Scrapped

 

24

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

37005

 

9/1911

 

18x26

 

56

 

130500

 

New. Cost $12,261.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 601

 

Davis Brothers Lumber Co. #24, Ansley, LA

 

25

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

39266

 

2/1913

 

18x26

 

56

 

130500

 

New. Cost $12,360.

Baldwin class 10-30 D 632

 

North Louisiana & Gulf R.R. #25, Hodge, LA, by 2/1926.

Scrapped 1950.

 

26

 

4-6-0

 

A/Schen.

 

29786

 

5/1904

 

19x26

 

62

 

140000

 

Newton & Northwestern R.R. #10, Boone, IA

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1417.

Louisiana & North West #26, on 9/26/1921.

 

 

 

27

 

4-6-0

 

A/Schen.

 

29787

 

5/1904

 

19x26

 

62

 

140000

 

Newton & Northwestern R.R. #12, Boone, IA

Bellefonte Central R.R. #12, Bellefonte, PA, in 1920.

Louisiana & North West #27, in 9/1921.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2080, in 1/1926.

 

28

 

2-8-0

 

A/Rich.

 

30150

 

10/1904

 

20x24

 

50

 

139000

 

Mississippi River & Bonne Terre #13, Bonne Terre, MO

Louisiana & North West #28, on 3/6/1922.

 

North & South Ry. #101, in 1929.

 

29

 

2-8-0

 

A/Rich.

 

30151

 

10/1904

 

20x24

 

50

 

139000

 

Mississippi River & Bonne Terre #17, Bonne Terre, MO

Louisiana & North West #29, on 3/6/1922.

 

North & South Ry. #102, in 1929.

 

30

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

27055

 

12/1905

 

19x26

 

58

 

144000

 

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #445

Louisiana & North West #30, in 3/1922.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 947

 

 

 

31

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

29328

 

10/1906

 

19x26

 

58

 

144000

 

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #446

Louisiana & North West #31, in 3/1922.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 983

 

 

 

32

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

30004

 

1/1907

 

19x26

 

55

 

145000

 

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #443

Louisiana & North West #32, in 3/1922.

Baldwin class 10-32 D 986

 

Out of service by 7/1935.

 

33

 

4-8-0

 

Brooks

 

3603

 

8/1900

 

20x26

 

55

 

170400

 

Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Ry. #239

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1477.

Wisconsin-Alabama Lumber Co. #5, Sylacauga, AL, on 12/31/1919.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2083.

Louisiana & North West #33, in 1/1926.

 

Scrapped 1933.

 

34

 

2-8-0

 

A/Brooks

 

28255

 

12/1903

 

22x30

 

57

 

199000

 

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Ry. #766

Re. #6608 in 1905.

Louisiana & North West #34, in 1929.

 

 

 

35

 

2-8-0

 

A/Brooks

 

28245

 

12/1903

 

22x30

 

57

 

199000

 

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Ry. #756

Re. #6598 in 1905.

Louisiana & North West #35, in 1929.

 

 

 

36

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

52665

 

12/1919

 

20½x28

 

48

 

179000

 

Sewell Valley R.R. #7, Rainelle, WV

Chesapeake & Ohio Ry. #2910, in 7/1927.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #669 - Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. (joint account).

Louisiana & North West #36, on 3/3/1930.

Cost $4,500.

Baldwin class 12-34¼ E 55

 

 

 

37

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

43561

 

6/1916

 

20x28

 

48

 

174500

 

Arizona Lumber & Timber Co. #1, Flagstaff, AZ

St. Louis, Troy & Eastern R.R. #7, East St. Louis, IL, in 1917.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #630.

Louisiana & North West #37, in 1/1930. Cost $15,000.

Baldwin class 12-34¼ E 40

 

 

 

38

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

19962

 

1/1902

 

20x28

 

56½

 

167200

 

Illinois Central R.R. #591

Re. #3750 on 8/12/1937

Re. #3712 on 4/30/1943.

Louisiana & North West #38, on 8/16/1945.

Baldwin class 8-34 D 187

 

 

 

39

 

2–6-0

 

Baldwin

 

33243

 

3/1909

 

20x28

 

57

 

160000

 

St. Louis Southwestern Ry. #455

Louisiana & North West #39, on 8/24/1946.

Baldwin class 8-34 D 519

 

Retired 1950.

 

 

 

 

 

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