Washington & Choctaw Railroad

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Yellow Pine, AL

Years of Operation: 1910-1927

Predecessor Roads: E. W. Gates Lumber Co.

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: Yellow Pine, AL to Bolinger, AL, 31 miles

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

1915: Locomotives: 4. Cars: 1 passenger, 110 freight, 60 miscellaneous.

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The E. W. Gates Lumber Company was incorporated in 1904 and acquired a tract of timber and a narrow gauge logging railroad about 3 miles in length. The latter was abandoned and a standard gauge line built northward from Yellow Pine, AL, on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. This railroad went by the trade name “Washington & Choctaw Railway.”

 The Washington & Choctaw Railway was incorporated in Alabama on December 13, 1910, for the purpose of acquiring and operating a railroad extending from Yellow Pine, AL in a general northwesterly direction to a point 18 miles south of Butler, AL. The new company took over the railroad of the E. W. Gates Lumber Company from Yellow Pine to Mathews, AL, 22 miles. The railroad issued $200,000 in capital stock to the lumber company in exchanged track and equipment. The railroad was laid with a mixture of 30 and 40-lb. relay rail, with a small amount of 56-lb. relay. The track was not ballasted. 

As of 1910, the lumber company operated about 4 or 5 miles of logging railroad beyond Mathews. The sawmill of the lumber company at Yellow Pine was located about a quarter of a mile from the junction of the Washington & Choctaw and the Mobile & Ohio. By June 1915 the railroad extended from Yellow Pine to Rayton, AL, 24.405 miles. In 1918, during Federal control, the line had reached Bolinger, AL, on the Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad, 31 miles from Yellow Pine. 

The Gates mill at Yellow Pine cut out about 1918 and the portion of the line between Yellow Pine and Aquilla, about 20.5 miles, was abandoned on September 22, 1919. 

About 1918 the C. W. Cochran Lumber Company of Meridian, MS built a sawmill on the Washington & Choctaw at Cantwell, AL (formerly Aquilla). On February 6, 1922, the sawmill plant, on the Washington & Choctaw, at Cantwell, AL, and timber holdings in Wayne County, MS, and Choctaw County, AL, were sold to J. A. McCain, P. C. Hargrave and Herbert Arky  for $100,000. The sale also included the Washington & Choctaw. The property was operated as the Turkey Creek Lumber Company with main office at Waynesboro, MS.

 On January 25, 1924, the entire holdings were sold to Stark & Oldham Brothers Lumber Company, composed of A. M. H. Stark and Connie Stark, his wife, formerly of Orange, Texas. The purchase price was $215,000.

 The mill at Cantwell, AL furnished almost all the traffic for the Washington & Choctaw. In June 1927 the mill cut out. On May 31, 1927,the Washington & Choctaw applied to the ICC for permission to abandon its remaining trackage, from Cantwell, AL northward to Bolinger, AL, 10.5 miles. Permission was granted on June 9, 1927.


REFERENCES

 

1.        ”Washington & Choctaw Railway Company,” Valuation Docket No. 133, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 108, p. 491-8.

2.        ”Abandonment of Line by Washington & Choctaw Railway Company,” Finance Docket No. 6234, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 124. P. 673-4.

 

E. W. Gates Shay No. 3 and crew about 1908.

Another rare view of Shay No. 3 taken north of Yellow Pine.

A fine view of Washington & Choctaw 6 with a loaded log train.

Washington & Choctaw No. 100 at SI&E in Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-6-0

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

16x24

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #305

E. W. Gates Lumber Co. #1,

 on 8/23/1904. Cost $3,250.

 

 

 

2

 

33-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

1533

 

7/1905

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

66000

 

New by E. W. Gates Lumber Co.

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Kaul Lumber Co. #11, Tuscaloosa, AL,

on 12/11/1912.

Scrapped 1929.

 

3

 

37-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1552

 

8/1905

 

3-10x12

 

29½

 

74000

 

New by E. W. Gates Lumber Co.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #717,

on 5/14/1909, in trade on 1st #5.

Fort Smith Lumber Co. #103, Plainview, AR,

on 8/31/1909.

Re. #3.

For sale 7/1928.

 

4

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

2294

 

11/1870

 

17x24

 

54

 

 

 

Western Maryland #7

Rebuilt by WM Ry. In 6/1886.

Re. #71 in 1905

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #587,

in 4/1907.

Washington & Choctaw #4, on 9/11/1907. Cost $4,390.

Baldwin class 26½ D 27

 

In service 6/30/1915.

 

1st 5

 

2-4-4TB

 

Schen.

 

3502

 

6/1891

 

17x24

 

57

 

103000

 

Chicago & Eastern Illinois #51

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #567,

in 2/1907.

Washington & Choctaw #5, on 5/14/1909. Cost $5,100 plus Shay #3 in trade for $2,600.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #792,

on 12/24/1910, in trade on #6.

Scrapped 1917.

 

 

2nd 5

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

11266

 

10/1890

 

19x24

 

52½

 

98690

 

Alabama & Vicksburg Ry. #417

Washington & Choctaw 2nd #5, on ?

Baldwin class 8-32 D 400

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1185

Central Tuinicu #3, Cuba, in 10/1917 (Czarnikow-Rionda Co.)

 

6

 

2-6-0

 

IC RR

Shops

 

 

 

 

 

16x24

 

56

 

 

 

Illinois Central #

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #614

Washington & Choctaw #6, on12/14/1910.

Cost $4,350 with $2,000 allowed in trade on 1st #5.

 

Choctaw Lumber Co. #6, Bolinger, AL, in 1918.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1236,

on 9/28/1917.

Jose Lezama, Cuba, in 1/1919.

 

100

 

2-6-0

 

Brooks

 

1250

 

7/1887

 

18x24

 

56½

 

 

 

Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Ry. #645

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Ry. #357, in 6/1889.

New York Central Lines (CCC&StL) #6360, in 1905.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1151

Washington & Choctaw #100,

on 7/5/1917. Cost $6,500.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1602

Southern Mineral Land & Lumber Co., Winnfield, LA, on 7/6/1920.


 

 

 

 

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